Participating in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program improves patients’ overall health and well-being and significantly lowers the risk of them having another cardiovascular event. However, a significant percentage of patients and caregivers remain fearful that they won’t know how to respond if another event occurs. We know that early CPR combined with the use of an Automated Defibrillator (AED) doubles the chances of survival from a cardiac arrest. Providing CPR and AED instruction to both heart  patients and their family members provides lifesaving skills while lowering anxiety and improving confidence in both the caregiver and patient.

This pilot project is a partnership between Lionheart CPR, The University of Ottawa Heart Institute and The UOHI Alumni Association. Since launching  <>in April 2016, over 120 patients and family members have participated. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with comments such as “Gives you courage, takes away fear. Superb teaching style!” and “Easy to understand. Clear explanation. Very informative”. Workshops are held monthly at The University of Ottawa Heart Institute on the rehab track and are sponsored in part by The UOHI Alumni Association.

Patient testimonials
• “Gives you courage, takes away fear. Superb teaching style!” – Workshop participant
• “Easy to understand. Clear explanation. Very informative” – Workshop participant.