Offers education and support for a healthier, more active lifestyle to reduce the risk of future heart problems.
Offers teaching and supports for patients and families to understand how best to lead an active and healthy lifestyle through focusing on diet, supervised exercise sessions, and other cardiovascular risk reduction activities.
Provides teaching and follow-up to people with a history of heart problems, including:
- myocardial infarction (MI)
- acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
- coronary artery disease (CAD)
- heart failure
Also provides teaching and follow-up to people waiting for an angiogram / angioplasty, pacemaker, cardiac bypass, or valve surgery.
Offers teaching about heart disease and exercise, which includes these topics:
- heart-smart nutrition
- risk factors
- exercise and leisure time
- managing stress
- heart disease and your feelings
- conserving energy
- understanding your medicine
Information and counselling is also available for how to stop smoking, how to manage high blood pressure (hypertension), and about high lipids and other risk factors. Teaching is available if you are admitted to the hospital or as an outpatient. There are one-on-one counselling and follow-up sessions, small group classes, and phone follow-up. Some tests (e.g., Holter monitoring, stress testing) may be offered at rural sites.