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Expert available on why survivors still need to be talked into cardiac rehab

Expert available on why survivors still need to be talked into cardiac rehab

Taking it to Heart this Heart Month: Expert available on why survivors still need to be talked into cardiac rehab

TORONTO, February 7, 2019 – Approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults are affected by heart disease and heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability globally. For many who have suffered a cardiac event, cardiac rehab can increase their chance at life and lessen their chances of being hospitalized again. Yet many do not – or choose not to – participate.

Sherry Grace, professor in the Faculty of Health at York University and Senior Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, is an expert on cardiac rehabilitation, which provides a structured program of exercise, education and counselling to reduce the risk of future heart problems.

Grace, who led an international team that reviewed trials on ways to get more patients using rehab, can speak about the results which show encouraging patients, face-to-face while they’re still in hospital, to enroll in a cardiac rehab program really boosts their subsequent participation.

She can also address:

  • The role and benefits of cardiac rehab
  • Ways to overcome most patient barriers to attending cardiac rehab such as distance, language or cost
  • Why face-to-face encouragement by a healthcare provider makes a difference
  • What patients need to hear, to promote their enrolment in cardiac rehab

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Media Contact: Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 44543,