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.
Our programs help you learn how to successfully manage your cardiovascular risk factors to reduce your risk or progression of your condition. We provide education to keep you well-informed about your cardiac health and our team will work with you to come up with a program tailored to your goals.
We will be there to support you as you learn and practice self-management skills and encourage you and guide you through your heart-healthy lifestyle changes.
Please click on the blue "Access Services" tab below to see a list of all VGH Cardiovascular rehabilitation clinics and programs.
Which ever clinic you choose, we will work with you towards:
Taking charge of your health
Developing and incorporating a regular exercise routine for you to follow at home
Developing strategies to improve your risk factors for heart disease
Making healthy food choices
Addressing psychosocial challenges you may be experiencing
Your family doctor or cardiologist can refer you to our program. Please download theVGH Centre for Cardiovascular Health referral form.
No physician referral necessary for the Smoking Cessation Clinic. To book an appointment, call (604) 875-4800 (select option 2).
Once we receive your referral we will contact you to arrange the following prerequisite appointments:
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.
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.
Once enrolled, you are expected to attend your exercise and education sessions regularly.
Our exercise classes are led by trained cardiac fitness instructors. Classes are one hour and generally include:
Group warm-up activities with fitness instructor.
30 minutes of aerobic exercise on various cardio machines, where each person exercises according to his/her own program and abilities.
Group cool-down activities including strength training, balance, core and flexibility exercises.
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.
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.