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MacCardiac Rehabilitation Program

The MacCardiac rehabilitation program offers safe and appropriate exercise programs for participants with heart disease. Participants either have risk factors for heart disease or have had a heart attack, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, angioplasty/stent, valve repair/replacement, or heart transplant.

Our goals are to help participants improve their exercise capacity and quality of life, to adopt lifelong heart-healthy lifestyles, and most importantly, to reduce future risk of heart disease.

Supervised exercise sessions are designed to meet the individual needs and fitness levels of each participant. A documented emergency plan is in place and known to all students, health professionals and staff. Everyone working at PACE is required to have CPR, first aid, and automated external defibrillator (AED) certification. Our centre has a direct line to McMaster’s on-campus emergency first response team and local paramedic services as well as an on-site AED.

More than 5,000 people have participated in our MacCardiac program over the past 40+ years. We have many participants who have been exercising at PACE for more than 20 years. Participants have the unique opportunity to exercise and socialize with other cardiac patients in a supervised environment. Participants are welcome to invite partners and spouses to join in all aspects of the program with physician approval.

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PACE Reimbursement Policy: Our standard reimbursement policy is to credit membership and parking fees when a participant has been absent from PACE for a minimum of one month. These fees are credited as an extension of the participant’s respective accounts. Alternatively, if a participant chooses to leave the program, a refund is issued for any unused services of one month or more.