Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Recovering from a heart attack or other event related to cardiovascular disease can be difficult and frightening. Often, we don’t know where to start. Our doctor may give us some tips about diet and exercise, but we can quickly become overloaded with information.

That’s why the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre developed the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program. This unique program helps those recovering from cardiovascular disease get the guided exercise, education, and counselling they need. The program is designed to help people lead a more independent and healthy lifestyle. Participants will learn more about their risk factors and how to reduce them with strategies for living an active, healthy, smoke-free life.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the team developed a virtual program to ensure those recovering can still access education, care, and exercise programs during physical distancing. Your care may be offered in person, virtually, or a combination of both depending on circumstances. We will provide you with more information when you are accepted into the program.

Our Team, Your Lifestyle

The program’s interprofessional team is made up of many different health specialists who come together to help find strategies that work best for you. These health professionals include:

  • Registered nurses
  • Registered kinesiologists
  • Client navigator
  • Registered dietitian
  • Social worker
  • Physician
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Clerk
  • Manager
  • Volunteers
  • Students from all professions

Your Healthy Lifestyles team will provide you with education, support, and an exercise program to help set you up for a lifetime of healthy living.

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What Is Cardiovascular Disease Rehabilitation?

Cardiovascular disease rehabilitation is a program designed to help you manage your cardiovascular disease, reduce your risk of another heart-related event, and help you lead healthy, more independent lifestyle.

The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program helps you in several different ways by providing education, guided exercise, personal counselling, and family counselling. We focus on educating and motivating participants to understand their risk factors, and to be more active, eat a healthy diet, be smoke-free, and to manage their stress.

What Is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease affects the function or structure of the heart and/or the surrounding blood vessels. It is the second-leading cause of death in Canada after cancer, resulting in almost one in three deaths every year. The best way to reduce your risk of cardiac disease and heart attack is to live a healthy lifestyle.

Find out more about cardiovascular disease and learn about the six types of cardiovascular disease on the Public Health Agency of Canada website.