What healthy heart programs exist in the province?

Here is a selection:


St. Paul’s Hospital/Providence
St. Paul’s offers a 4-month individually tailored, medically supervised rehab program. Following completion you can continue exercising on your own or with one of the continuing programs, some of which are listed herein. Vancouver General Hospital in conjunction with St. Paul’s offers Happy Heart Programs at various locations throughout Vancouver.

Vancouver Coastal HeaLth/Richmond Hospital
This program is for anyone with cardiac issues or who has a high risk of developing heart problems. Following graduation, you can continue with the Heart Wellness Community Exercise Program of the Richmond 
Fitness Association.

Fraser Health Healthy Heart
These heart programs are offered in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Surrey and White Rock.

Interior Health Healthy Heart Program
These programs are offered in Cranbrook, Kamloops, Nelson, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton and Vernon. 

Island Health/ Healthy Heart
These Take Heart & Breathe Well programs are offered in Victoria, Saanich, Sooke, Duncan, Nanaimo and Campbell River.

YMCA Healthy Heart/Happy Hearts/Happy Hearts Plus
These programs are offered at municipal recreation centres throughout the Lower Mainland and support those living with cardiac risk.

A medical referral to one of these programs may be just the best gift you could receive in the New Year.

© 2018 David J. Bilinsky

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