MacCardiac Rehabilitation Program


Our program offers safe and appropriate exercise programs for patients with heart disease—patients with risk factors for heart disease and patients who have had a heart attack, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, angioplasty/stent, valve repair/replacement, or heart transplant. Our supervised exercise sessions are designed to meet the individual needs and fitness levels of each patient. A documented emergency plan is in place and is known to all staff, including the requirement of current CPR, First Aid, and AED certification, phone access to the campus emergency first response team and local paramedic services, and the presence of an AED on site.  


Our Goal

Our goals are to improve the exercise capacity and quality of life for patients with heart disease, to promote lifelong heart-healthy lifestyles, and most importantly, to reduce future risk of heart disease.



The cardiac rehabilitation group has been meeting at the University for more than 40 years, and over 5000 patients have gone through our program.  Patients are able to continue to exercise with us for as long as they wish; we have numerous patients who have been exercising with us for more than 20 years. Our participants have the unique opportunity to exercise with other cardiac patients in a supervised environment.


How to Join

Patients are referred to our program by their cardiologist, family physician, or prior cardiac rehabilitation program. An exercise stress test is used to prescribe individualized exercise programs, and the test is repeated annually to monitor progress and to evaluate clinical status. We also encourage partners/spouses to participate in all aspects of the program with physician approval. Prior to joining the program, a detailed intake assessment is performed by a Registered Physiotherapist to ensure safe and effective outcomes.


Program Fees

  • Initial Physiotherapy Assessment: $100 ($110 including parking)
  • Membership: $40/month (12 month committment); $45/month (6 month committment)
  • Parking: $20/month and $40 deposit fee for transponder

Membership and parking fees are payable in installments of 6 or 12 months at a time. Methods of payment include: cash, cheque*, debit, and credit card (Visa, MC)

*Cheques can be postdated (for 6 or 12 month memberships) but they all have to be presented at once

Example: If you are signing up for a 6 month membership, 6 postdated cheques must be given at the initial sign up

Membership can be placed on hold for a minimum of 1 month


Membership Services

  • Supervised exercise sessions
  • Access to highly trained exercise specialists
  • PACE Faculty Lecture Series
  • Change rooms and showers


Fee for Service Options

      • Assessment and treatments with a Registered Physiotherapist
      • Personal training sessions
      • HUR computerized resistance exercise monitoring
      • Balance assessment and training


Program Hours

 Monday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 Tuesday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 Wednesday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm



We are located in Physcial Activity Centre of Excellence in the Ivor Wynne Centre at McMaster University.


Contact Information

Please contact PACE for more information.

McMaster Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE)

Ivor Wynne Centre, A114

Phone: (905) 525-9140, ext. 27223
Fax: (905) 525-7629



“In October 1989, I received a heart transplant at London Health Sciences University Hospital six days after suffering a massive heart attack.  Following three months of treatment as an outpatient including six weeks of physiotherapy sessions, I was discharged and returned to Hamilton.

I vowed to take better care of myself in consideration of receiving this second chance of life.  Since regular exercise plays an important role in a healthy lifestyle and after attempting to exercise unsuccessfully at home, I decided to look into facilities in the community.

In February 1991, I became aware of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at McMaster University and following a discussion with staff, entered the program shortly thereafter.

That was over 22 years ago and since then I have become a dedicated member of the program exercising regularly in a bright, well equipped facility under the supervision of attentive qualified staff in a relaxing atmosphere.  Many other men and woman of like needs attend and over time a spirit of camaraderie has grown.

There is no doubt in my mind that the McMaster Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has contributed to my success as a long term transplant survivor; one who has enjoyed and continues to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.”

Floyd Cooper, former Hamilton Ti-Cat


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