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<div class="ExternalClass276D3B2188564EC6AB88ABBF4790A78B"><p><img src="/PublishingImages/cardiac-rehab.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:560px;height:347px;" /><br></p><p>The VGH Centre for Cardiovascular Health is a comprehensive risk reduction program for individuals who have had a heart attack, coronary angioplasty, open heart surgery, angina, who have heart rhythm issues, and for those who are at risk for developing heart disease.<br></p><p>Through education and support, we will help you B.E.A.T.T. Heart Disease.  Our program goals are focused on:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>B.</strong>-ehaviours to help you take charge of your health and well-being</li><li><strong>E.</strong>-ating well and making healthy food choices </li><li><strong>A.</strong>-ctivities and exercise to improve your fitness and health</li><li><strong>T.</strong>-houghts and emotions that may be barriers to improving your life</li><li><strong>T.</strong>-ransition to independent activities or community supports/programs and resources <br></li></ul><h2>Clinics<br></h2><p>Please click on the blue "Access Services" tab below to see a list of all VGH Cardiovascular rehabilitation clinics and programs.<br></p></div>2775 Laurel Street6th floorcardiacrehab@vch.ca (604) 875-5794(604) 875-5389V5Z 1M9BC49.261199,-123.12606590000001<div class="ExternalClass7A073FEEDDBB43FBADE2707426513B76"><p>Your family doctor or cardiologist can refer you to our program. <a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-1385" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Please download theVGH Centre for Cardiovascular Health referral form</a>.<br></p><p>No physician referral necessary for the Smoking Cessation Clinic. To book an appointment, call (604) 875-4800 (select option 2).<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass743594F6346949C4A023EAD06EBBF2C4"><h2>Assessments</h2><p>Once we receive your referral we will contact you to arrange the following prerequisite appointments:<br></p><ol><li><p>Exercise test<br></p></li><li><p>Blood test</p></li><li><p>Intake assessment, which includes a meeting with a case manager and a cardiac assessment by one of our cardiologists. The cardiologist will recommend the program that best suits your needs and cardiovascular condition.</p></li></ol><h2>Enrollment</h2><p>After you have completed these assessment steps, you are ready to start your path to wellness! We will contact you to arrange a start date for your program.<br></p><h2>What to expect?</h2><p>Once enrolled, you are expected to attend your exercise and education sessions regularly.</p><p>Our exercise classes are led by trained cardiac fitness instructors. Classes are one hour and generally include:</p><ul><li><p>Group warm-up activities with fitness instructor.<br></p></li><li><p>30 minutes of aerobic exercise on various cardio machines, where each person exercises according to his/her own program and abilities.<br></p></li><li><p>Group cool-down activities including strength training, balance, core and flexibility exercises.<br></p></li></ul><p>To achieve health benefits, it is recommended that you accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. We will work with you to develop and implement an exercise routine for you to carry out at home.</p><p>During each class, you will also participate in education sessions to enhance your knowledge and awareness of heart disease, risk factors for heart disease, safe guidelines for exercise, nutrition, and stress management.<br></p></div>Vancouver General Hospital - Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care CentrePatient Resources<div class="ExternalClass41B0A1900E6849E2A4DDD69475D91BA2"><p><a href="https://www.heartandstroke.ca/" target="_blank">https://www.heartandstroke.ca/</a><br></p><p><a href="https://www.heart.org/" target="_blank">https://www.heart.org/</a><br></p><p><a href="https://www.diabetes.ca/" target="_blank">https://www.diabetes.ca/</a><br></p><p><a href="https://www.scadalliance.org/" target="_blank">https://www.scadalliance.org/</a><br></p><p><a href="http://www.hricanada.org/about-heart-disease/women-and-heart-disease" target="_blank">http://www.hricanada.org/about-heart-disease/women-and-heart-disease</a><br></p><p><a href="http://www.micheleblanchet.ca/heart-healthy-recipes" target="_blank">www.micheleblanchet.ca/heart-healthy-recipes</a><br></p></div>

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