What is cardiac and/or pulmonary rehab?

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation is a FREE service that consists of an eight week program led by expert exercise therapists in consultation with a nurse, physiotherapist, dietitian, pharmacist, social worker, volunteers and administrative support. The program includes supervised exercise plans that are individualized for each patient, along with education classes, counseling and support.

Where is it located?

Both cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs are managed by the Bancroft Family Health Team and located Quinte Health Care North Hastings.

Who can attend?

Cardiovascular rehab is a supervised service that helps to improve the health of patients with a vascular disease; patients who have had a cardiac procedure; or those who are at high risk of developing a cardiovascular disease. have experienced a vascular event, condition, or procedure as follows:

  • Angina
  • Heart attack or acute coronary
  • syndrome
  • Angioplasty (stent)
  • Bypass surgery
  • Pacemaker or ICD
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplantation
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Non-debilitating stroke or TIA
  • Valve surgery
  • Reno vascular disease

You may also be eligible if you are high risk with multiple risk factors for vascular disease, such as:

  • History of smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Inactive lifestyle or obesity

Pulmonary rehabilitation is for you if you have been diagnosed with:

  • Asthma
  • Before and after lung transplantation or Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer and lung cancer surgery
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sarcoidosis


Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation will help you to:

  • Manage risk factors for vascular disease
  • Control your weight, lower your cholesterol, and decrease your blood pressure; and manage diabetes
  • Increase your fitness, endurance and energy
  • Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
  • Decrease your risk of having a vascular event
  • Reduce incidence of lung attacks and slow progression of disease in those with COPD

How do I join?

You will require a referral from a family doctor, nurse practitioner or specialist to attend the program.  If you would like to attend, contact your primary health care provider, cardiologist or respirologist.

If you do not have a referral, contact the Bancroft Family Health Team for more information:

613.332.1565, ext 242


Have your referral faxed to: