Cardiovascular Health Nova Scotia

Available Services

There are also a number of programs throughout the province that help people manage their cardiovascular health. Here is a list of programs in your area.

Annapolis and Kings Counties

Extended Warranty II Valley Cardiac Rehabilitation
(Kentville) 902-679-2657 ext. 1360

Extended Warranty II Valley Cardiac Rehab Program is a 10 week program for people with heart disease, stroke and heart failure. The program includes education sessions, exercise sessions and cooking classes. We accept referrals from family doctors and specialists. Partners are encouraged to attend the education and cooking sessions. We have a rolling enrolment and enter a new group every 5 weeks.

Heart Function Clinic 902-679-2657 ext 1360
is available through the Valley Regional Hospital by specialist referral only. Patients will see a nurse and specialist; the visit includes education, drug titrations and more. This clinic is offered in Middleton twice a month

Your Way to Wellness 902-538-1157 or 1-888-672-3444
This is a chronic disease management program offered in community by lay leaders who have firsthand experience with managing chronic conditions.

Cape Breton County, Northern and Central Inverness County and Victoria County

Cape Breton Cardiac Wellness Society 902-563-8567
This is a community program that incorporates two exercise classes and one education class per week for nine weeks. During the exercise lass, a nurse monitors participants' blood pressure and heart rates in response to exercise. The education classes include topics such as understanding heart disease, medications, nutrition and cooking and stress management. The program runs three times per year in Sydney, Glace Bay and North Sydney. Once the core program is completed, participants have the option of continuing to exercise with the group.

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab 902-563-8566
Referrals accepted from physicians or health care professionals. Patients see a nurse for a pre-assessment and a cardiologist to determine the testing required prior to initiation in the program.

Cape Breton Heart Function Clinic 902-567-8066
To provide outpatient care to adults with Heart Failure, by referral from family doctor or internist.

Cardiac Wellness Program offered through Cape Breton University and Cape Breton Heart and Lung Wellness Centre 902-563-8567 or 902-563-1633
To promote heart health and enhance quality of life for those at risk of or with heart disease. A nine week program, in which people attend 3 times per week. Patients can self refer to the program.

Your Way to Wellness 902-842-0201 or1-888-672-3444
This is a chronic disease management program offered in community by lay leaders who have firsthand experience with managing chronic conditions.

Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants

Truro Cardiac Maintenance Program 902-893-5528
This program is helpful to anyone who has had a heart attack, heart surgery, and angina - or is a high risk candidate for heart disease. It is an education and support program for cardiac patients and their families taught by various knowledgeable health professionals. All sessions are designed to help make living with heart disease easier for you and your caregiver. These classes are offered twice a week for approximately two hours and the program is eight weeks long. Participants receive education on how the
heart works, heart disease treatments, medications used to improve heart health, stress reduction and how to improve your eating and exercise habits to reduce your risk of further heart disease. You will be able to learn from others about what has worked for them, and offer your own ideas about dealing with the effects of heart disease. Physician referral required.

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight 902-893-5528
Weight management services are available through the Outpatient Nutrition Counseling Service. The dietitian can assist participants to assess their weight status and begin to analyze your own food habits, learn to use Canada’s Food Guide as a tool for making healthy food choices, review the basics of label reading, and learn other practical tips for leading a healthy lifestyle.  The importance of working towards gradual lifestyle changes to achieve and maintain a healthy weight is reinforced.

Healthy Heart 902-893-5528
This session is for anyone that has high blood pressure or high cholesterol or at risk of heart disease. Within the class you will: learn to identify what is healthy blood pressure, review causes of high blood pressure and the harmful effects it has on your body, learn about healthy eating and its effect on blood pressure, discuss the different types of fats and their effect on cholesterol and heart health, learn practical tips on how to reduce total fat and sodium intake as well as how to boost your fiber intake.

Your Way to Wellness 902-893-5554 ext.42779 or 1-888-672-3444
This is a chronic disease management program offered in community by lay leaders who have firsthand experience with managing chronic conditions.

Cumberland County

Heart to Heart Program 902-667-6400 ext.6377
Six week program for anyone suffering with cardiovascular disease or anyone who has had a cardiac procedure or intervention.  Sessions include education about the heart, risk factors, nutrition, medication and exercise.

Numbers to Know Wellness Clinic 902-667-2273
Offered at various times throughout the year within Cumberland County.  Volunteer registered nurses and lab techs check individuals’ blood pressure, blood glucose, HbA1C, BMI and waist circumference and meet with each participant to review and discuss the results.

Shake your Salt Wellness Program 902-243-2521
Four week hypertension prevention and management session offered to the community through Pugwash Primary Health Care.  The program is led by the Family Health Practice nurse and a dietitian with special guest speakers.

Your Way to Wellness Program 902-597-7150 or 1-888-672-3444
This is a chronic disease management program offered in community by lay leaders who have firsthand experience with managing chronic conditions.

Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties

Cardiovascular Clinic 902-742-3542 ext 1460
The cardiovascular clinic (Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Digby Hospital, Roseway Hospital) in South West Health aims to work with people who have experienced stroke, TIA (transient ischemic attack), and myocardial infarction. People can contact the clinic directly or have their family physician refer them. The cardiovascular clinic evolved out of the stroke clinic where all stroke patients discharged in South West Health were automatically referred to the clinic. This clinic has expanded and broadened to a cardiovascular scope.

Live and Learn Educational Class 902-742-3542 ext 1460
A program for persons with history of stroke, heart attack, TIA (mini-stroke), angina or risk factors for stroke and heart attack. Persons can register for this free 2-hour class offered on the 4th Monday of each month at 1pm. Participants will learn about risk factors, nutiriton and healthy eating, exercise and activity, and what happens to the body during a heart attack or stroke. Available at Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Digby Hospital, Roseway Hospital and the Clare Health Centre via telehealth.

Your Way to Wellness 902-742-3542 ext 1512 or 1-888-672-3444
This is a chronic disease management program offered in community by lay leaders who have firsthand experience with managing chronic conditions.

Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority

Community Cardiovascular Hearts in Motion 902-863-7192 or 902-863-7193 (fax# 902-863-7194).
This program, in partnership with the Hearts in Motion Research Team in Capital Health, is 12 weeks long and consists of exercise, risk factor modification, nutrition and stress management education with a home exercise/nutrition component. Patients return at 6 and 12 months. Referrals accepted from physicians and health professionals for patients with established as well as those at high risk for developing vascular disease (CAD, PVD, CVD).

Heart Health Clinic 902-867-4500 ext. 4720 (fax# 902-867-4700)
This heart clinic provides services to help patients manage their heart disease. People who attend this clinic will receive care from members of a health care team. These members include your Family Doctor, Nurse Practitioner and Internal Medicine Specialist. As well, depending on individual needs patients may see dietitian, physiotherapist or other health care providers if necessary.

T.E.A.M. Teaching, Eating and Activity Management for Families 902-863-7193
This is a fun, active program where kids and their families learn about and experience healthier options for eating and being active.

Your Way to Wellness 902-863-7369 or 1-888-672-3444
This program is a provincially sponsored, community based, free program for people living with chronic (ongoing) health conditions.  Participants learn how to manage their conditions better, develop new skills, and use proven tools to help them maintain an active fulfilling life.

Smoking Cessation Programs 902-867-4500 ext. 4606 or 1-888-291-3535
Six weekly 90 minute sessions providing advice and support regarding quitting smoking.

Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health in Motion 902-473-3846
Cardiac rehab program to improve client's ability to take control of their heart health, quality of life, and physical functioning. Targets individuals with heart disease, following open-heart surgery or with peripheral vascular disease. Exercise, education, risk factor modification, nutritional assessment, support. Referral by any health care professional.

The Heart Show - Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health in Motion Program 902-473-3846
Series of three outpatient education sessions by a team of health care professionals to help you understand and take control of your heart health. Heart Show topics include: My Heart/Risk Factors, My Nutrition and My Medication/Exercise. No referral or advance booking required

Community Cardiovascular Hearts in Motion (Dartmouth, Sackville, Spryfield) 902-473-3744
This program, a research study still accepting patients, is 12 weeks long and consists of exercise, risk factor modification, nutrition and stress management education with a home exercise/nutrition component. Patients return at 6 and12 months. Referrals accepted from physicians and health professionals for patients with established as well as those at high risk for developing vascular disease (CAD, PVD, CVD).

Heart for Life: Cardiac Fitness Program 902-420-5555
The Homburg Centre for Health and Wellness, Saint Mary's University, 920 Tower Road, Community-based organization, providing education and safe, monitored exercise programs to strengthen your heart and get you back into life. Includes activities, exercises, and informal education session. Membership fees apply. Doctor or cardiologist referral needed.

Heart Failure Clinic (general medicine) 902-473-3205
We treat, educate and support patients with heart failure and their families. The clinic is run by a nurse practitioner who works collaboratively with internists. The clinic is located on the 4th floor of the Dickson Centre. Referrals from physicians are accepted.

Heart Failure Clinic (cardiology) 902-473-3802
The clinic is located 2nd floor Halifax Infirmary. For on-going comprehensive treatment of FCIII-IV heart failure patients and their families including education, medication adjustment and active medical treatment of acute decompensated episodes. Cardiologist referral required.

Hypertension Clinic (general medicine) 902-473-4309
We treat, educate and support patients with hypertension and their families. People, ranging in age from very young adults to the elderly, are seen in the clinic from across the province with essential or secondary hypertension, and mild to resistant hypertension. The clinic has a nurse practitioner who works collaboratively with internists. The clinic is located on the 4th floor of the Dickson Centre. Referrals from physicians throughout the province are accepted.

Your Way to Wellness 902-473-7709 or 1-888-672-3444
This is a chronic disease management program offered in community by lay leaders who have firsthand experience with managing chronic conditions.

IWK

Heart Talk Family Conference 902-470-7884
An annual two-day event organized by Cardiac Care Team members to provide education and support to Maritime families of children born with heart disease. For more information, please contact the Clinical Leader, Children's Heart Centre, at the following number.

Lunenburg and Queens Counties

Cardiovascular Risk Factor Clinic: 902-543-4604 ext 2222
Patients with established cardiovascular disease, or three or more major Cardiovascular Risk Factors are referred by physicians to learn more about cardiovascular disease and how to reduce their risk. Patients and families are seen by a nurse and dietitian for one on one teaching, and are linked with education and exercise programs in the community. Patients may be followed for up top one year.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: 902-543-4604 ext 2222
A 12 week program of supervised exercise and education. By physician referral.  

Alternative Cardiac Rehab Programs:
By physician referral. Patients referred to the Cardiovascular Risk Factor clinic who do not require, or who are un able to commit to the full 12 week program can be followed individually for home exercise programs if appropriate, or can be referred to a privatized exercise program.   

Heart Function Clinic: 902-543-4604 ext 2222
Patient and family education on heart failure and/or comprehensive care provided by a Cardiac specialist. By physician referral.

Early Cardiovascular Health Education Program: 902-543-4606 ext 2222
Slated to begin in January 2009. This will be a group education session occurring every 2 weeks and is intended for patients and families who have recently been discharged from hospital and have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Topics include coping with cardiovascular disease, warning signs, medications, physical activity and exercise. Program will deal with need to know information and will serve as a bridge between hospital care of the patient with cardiovascular disease to the long term follow up in the community, which can include the cardiovascular risk factor clinic and cardiac rehab programs.

YMCA Nice and Easy Maintenance Exercise Program: 902-543-9622
An exercise program ideal for stable cardiac patients who have completed cardiac rehab, or for anyone who just wants to take it nice and easy. Offered by the Lunenburg County YMCA. Ask the program instructor for more information

Your Way to Wellness 902-634-7359 or 1-888-672-3444
This is a chronic disease management program offered in community by lay leaders who have firsthand experience with managing chronic conditions.

Pictou County

One Door Chronic Disease Management Centre 902-752-7600 ext 4700
This Centre will work collaboratively with family doctors and other health care professionals in the community to address the needs of clients diagnosed with diabetes and/or cardiovascular health issues. Referrals will be accepted from any registered health care provider.

Pictou County Cardiac Rehabilitation Program 902-752-7600 ext. 4700 or YMCA 902-752-0202
A 12 week supervised exercise program for individuals and partners living with coronary artery disease. It is held twice each week at the New Glasgow YMCA. Referrals are required from a health care provider. Pictou County Heart and Stroke Support Group 902-925-2808
A support group that meets monthly, focusing on their best life with cardiovascular disease. Each meeting welcomes a guest speaker. Many of the participants are also involved in Helping Hearts, visiting patients in hospital with heart disease. No referral is required for this program.

Your Way to Wellness 902-752-7600 ext 4754 or1-888-672-3444
This is a patient education program taught by lay leaders living with chronic conditions. It focuses on optimizing self management of diseases such as hypertension, heart disease or diabetes.