Heart Fit Clinic Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Friend,

It is our goal to ensure you reach your heart health goals. We have the best programs and services available for everyone so you can take control of your heart health.

What is the Heart Fit Clinic?

The Heart Fit Clinic is a cardiac rehabilitation, maintenance and heart attack and stroke prevention clinic. We are a group of multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals dedicated to our mission. It is our passion to help the people become more aware of their chronic disease risk factors and equip them with lifestyle strategies to improve their heart health.

Do I need a doctor’s referral to come to the Heart Fit Clinic?

Clients can refer themselves to the Heart Fit Clinic. If required after their initial assessment with our Cardiovascular Nurse, we will seek a physician consent/referral on the client’s behalf. Healthcare providers can seek our referral forms and fax them to our clinic at (403) 278-4333.

Do I need heart problems to come to the Heart Fit Clinic?

No. Heart disease is the number one cause of death of men and women in Canada, but it is also the number one preventable disease. If you are concerned about your heart health we encourage you to see our experts at the Heart Fit Clinic.

Who comes to the Heart Fit Clinic?

People concerned about their heart health. People who have risk factors for chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke or diabetes. People with heart problems such as heart disease, valvular disease, congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure or heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation or flutter, patients treated with a pacemaker or implantable cardiac defibrillator).

What is the difference between the Total Cardiology rehab (Cardiac Wellness Institute) and the Heart Fit Clinic?

Both clinics are private clinics and offer reputable cardiac rehabilitation programs. Total Cardiology is a co-funded program ($500 cost), meaning that they receive funds from the government to conduct their program. This structure forces them to see many people a year with group exercise classes with reduced individual attention. The exercise classes are limited scheduling twice weekly. To qualify for this program you must have diagnosed heart disease, and the program cannot be repeated without evidence of another cardiovascular event (i.e. heart attack).

The Heart Fit Clinic is not funded, allowing us to give the individual attention people deserve and assist them to reach their cardiovascular goals. The Heart Fit Clinic offers flexible scheduling from 7am to 7pm and is open Monday to Saturday. In addition to our cardiac rehabilitation and maintenance programs, the Heart Fit Clinic has a unique and highly regarded cardiac prevention program. We also offer individual guidance regarding supplements, medications and conventional and traditional therapies. Combining the best of traditional and conventional cardiology so you can live longer. Please refer to our patient testimonials.

What services does the Heart Fit Clinic offer?

The Heart Fit Clinic offers Cardiac Assessments, Carotid IMT screening, Clinical Fitness Assessments, Clinic Exercise Programs (aerobic, strength and flexibility), Cardiac Yoga, Stress Management sessions, Dietitian and psychological assessments and consultations, including education material in all of these areas. We have various programs available to meet your individual needs. We offer various programs and services. Please click here.

Is Carotid IMT safe?

Yes. Carotid IMT is a simple ultrasound of the carotid artery in the neck. Unlike most tests used to screen blood vessel health, C-IMT is non-invasive, painless and radiation-free.

How long does Carotid IMT take?

The Carotid IMT portion of our comprehensive Coronary Risk Profile takes about 10 to 20 minutes to complete.

Is it covered by Government Health Care?

Our services are tax deductible, unfortunately at this time AHC does not cover our programs. However our services have been covered by extended health care insurance providers. Please see our fees and schedules.

Can the Heart Fit Clinic diagnose cardiovascular disease from Carotid IMT?

No. The Heart Fit Clinic uses your C-IMT score in conjunction with the other information obtained from our comprehensive cardiac assessment to provide you with a complete profile of your risk for cardiovascular disease. We encourage your to share your results with your doctor, as he/she is responsible for overseeing your health care plan.

What is the difference between clinical exercise programs and a regular personal trainer?

The difference is that you are supervised by a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP). Our CEPs are qualified to monitor your vital signs during an exercise session to ensure a safe and effective level of exercise. These include: ECG (electrocardiography), heart rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen level and heart rate. The CEP focuses on ensuring safe aerobic, strength and flexibility training to reach your personal goals. They possess academic excellence and experience in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention. They are qualified to read and conduct stress tests, provide clinical exercise prescription and elite supervised exercises sessions.

What is the difference between the Heart Fit Clinic and my family doctor/cardiologist?

The Heart Fit Clinic work in conjunction with your family doctor to provide the best for your heart health. Family doctors realize that they do not have the time resource to address all your risk factors to heart disease and go over in detail all the lifestyle modification strategies to reduce or reverse your risk of heart disease. We make Family Doctors and cardiologist look good that is why they refer to our program as they understand the benefits of our services, giving you timely access to heart health specialists. If you are without symptoms for heart disease then they may be hesitant at referring you for further investigation for heart disease due to overloading the system, that is where the Heart Fit Clinic fills the gap.

Family physicians can only look at some conventional risk factors, but over 50% of heart attacks and strokes occur with people with normal cholesterol. You can still be on the path of a heart attack or stroke with a clean bill of health from your family doctor.

The majority of heart attacks and strokes occur with blockages that are less than 70%, therefore, you can even see a cardiologist and be given a clean bill of health as an exercise stress test (which has been done for over 50 years) only shows advanced stages of the disease (70% or more blockages). Further cardiac investigations can become harmful with radiation and radioactive dyes, therefore the Heart Fit Clinic is a great stepping stone to determine your cardiovascular risk with safe, and non-invasive screenings.

See our FREE Report on Heart Testing.

You may have a clean bill of health or not, but if you are concerned about your heart health then the Heart Fit Clinic is your best option. Yes you can take advantage of our online programs or you can contact us today.

Many of our assessment services unfortunately will not be found at your doctors office. That is why we get referrals to our practices. Remember you are 100% responsible for your heart health. We look forward to helping you with your heart health.

Why The Heart Fit Clinic?

The Heart Fit Clinic was founded based on the principle of “how would I want to be treated”. With the experience, expertise and academic excellence of the Heart Fit Clinic team, it is our passion to help the people achieve their heart health goals with an individualized and professional approach.

Book your complimentary consultation today to find out more about our program.

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