Heart Function Clinic



Heart Function /

Atrial Fibrillation Clinic



Heart Failure


A condition where the heart does not pump well. Your heart has not actually “failed” or stopped working, it is not working as well as it should. Heart attack, cardiac arrest and heart failure are not the same thing.

Congestive heart failure is a condition of the heart where it is unable to pump enough blood to meet the demands of the body. Congestive heart failure is the most frequent reason for medical admission to the hospital and 47% of patient’s over the age of 65 are readmitted within one month of hospital discharge with a diagnosis of heart failure.

When to call us

  • weight increase of 2 lbs. overnight, or 5 lbs. in a week
  • more lower leg/abdomen swelling
  • increase shortness of breath more than your normal
  • increased dizziness or fatigue compared to your normal

Monday – Friday, 8am to 4pm (705) 740-2043 x252. Please leave a message and we will get back to you within 24 business hours.

When to go to the hospital

  • extreme shortness of breath
  • pain/pressure in chest
  • fainting
  • confusion

Atrial Fibrillation


Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a rapid and irregular heartbeat due to the electrical disturbance of the heart. Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia, affecting the two small upper chambers (atria) of the heart.

Patient Resources

Heart healthy resources for patients.

Heart Smart Sodium Guide


Heart Smart Fluid Guide


Heart Function Handbook


Clinical Goals

The aim of the clinic is to manage your heart function care on an outpatient basis and to reduce emergency visits and hospital admissions. A team approach will include your cardiologist and heart function nurse.

Your medicines will be adjusted by the cardiologist as required to best manage your care. The team will monitor your health status through physical assessment and ongoing teaching regarding medications, fluid and salt management, and self monitoring signs and symptoms of fluid overload.

Preparing for your appointment

Please bring all medications that you are currently taking to each clinic appointment. At your first visit, please provide the following information: family physician name, phone and faxes numbers; Pharmacy name, phone and fax numbers; Emergency contact information;  Alternative contact information for booking up-coming appointments.

Dietary Resources

Plan the way you eat.

Portfolio Diet


Mediterranean Diet


Educational Resources

Additional information can be found on these websites.

Canada’s Food Guide: https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/

Heart Failure Matters: https://www.heartfailurematters.org/

Heart Failure Patient Education Site: www.tedrogersheartfunction.ca

Heart and Stroke Foundation: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/

Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research: UHN Patient and Family Education: www.uhnpatienteducation.ca

Kawartha Cardiology works in partnership with UHN and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. For more information, visit: The Heart Hub – Our Heart Hub