Helping Heart Patients Live Healthier Lives


 Kelly Ainsworth

After 50 days of life-saving care at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Kelly Ainsworth was tapped out. No strength. No energy. Little hope. The married father of two young children had no idea how he was going to recover from severe heart failure. “I was worried for my life and the life of my family. I was starting from scratch. I had nothing.”

Today, after following a detailed recovery plan laid out by the multi-disciplinary team of occupational therapists, nurses, dieticians and fitness trainers at the Jim Pattison Centre for Heart Health, Ainsworth’s perspective and energy level have improved dramatically.

A comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation centre designed to complete the full circle of cardiac care provided at the Maz, the Jim Pattison Centre for Heart Health features state-of-the-art exercise equipment, classrooms for the health and lifestyle courses that are offered to all patients and their families, and an area specifically designed for patients to practice such daily tasks as vacuuming and lifting laundry baskets under the watchful eye of trained, professional staff.

For heart patients like Ainsworth, access to comprehensive rehabilitation services provides the incentive and guidance needed to return to regular life. “It feels good to be healthy again. Now I’m fighting to go back to work.”

The Jim Pattison Centre for Heart Health is expected to provide rehabilitation services to over 2,000 people living with heart disease every year.  

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The Jim Pattison Centre for Heart Health

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  • Began seeing patients in February, 2013
  • Provides the space and resources for an interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation specialists to work with cardiac disease patients following surgery, including:

    • Patient consultation rooms that are designed to reflect a home environment to make patients feel comfortable,
    • A patient education room that allows for group sessions both on site and at a distance through integrated Telehealth technology, and
    • An exercise room that allows patients to be closely monitored while they test the limits of their exercise.
  • Healthcare specialists at the Pattison Centre help patients develop an individual diet, exercise and lifestyle plan that will allow them to improve their health and quality of life, and limit their need for further cardiac care

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