Enhancing your health while living with a heart condition or cardiovascular disease is much easier with a little help. Healthy Heart is a community-based cardiac prevention, rehabilitation and maintenance program, that supports people living with cardiac risk through education and supervised exercise.
Offered in communities throughout the Lower Mainland, this program has been helping cardiovascular patients and those at risk of developing heart disease live longer and improve quality of life since 1976.
The program is designed to help cardiovascular patients and those at risk of developing heart disease take an active role in improving their health, increasing their physical fitness, and reducing the risk of future heart problems. We help patients through an individually designed program including:
- Individualized exercise prescription based on health assessment
- Evidence based cardiac risk reduction
- Medically managed exercise classes
- Maintenance cardiac exercise classes
- Nutrition counseling with a Registered Dietitian
- Weight management
- Educational and social activities for participants and families
- Goal setting to identify and improve health behaviors
- Peer support
- Resources for stress management and smoking cessation
- Support provided by Medical Director, Dr. Benny Lau, MD, FRCPC*
Participants must be referred to the program by their doctor. Take the physician referral form to your doctor and contact us after this is complete.
To find the location nearest you, please see below 'Where It's Offered'.
There is a fee for the program. Participants who are experiencing financial hardship are invited to apply for YMCA Financial Assistance.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-521-5801, or visit the Healthy Heart office at #208 - 245 East Columbia Street, New Westminster during business hours Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Doctors may fax referrals to 604-521-3242.
To learn more about other cardiac programs in your community, please check the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada’s website.
Are you a YMCA Healthy Heart Alumni?
If you've graduated the Healthy Heart program and live in Vancouver we've got a program for you! Langara Family YMCA is now offering the YMCA Healthy Heart Maintenance program. For more information visit the Healthy Heart Maintenance program page.
This program acknowledges the financial support of the Government of British Columbia.
Where It's Offered
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