Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic is part of Chronic Disease Management Program at South Shore Health.
The program is delivered in partnreship with the Lunenburg County YMCA.

This program is for people with a history of:

  • Stroke (Brain Attack) or Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) (mini stroke) Heart attack or Angina
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Cardiac Surgery (including valve replacements and heart transplant)
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Or at least 3 major risk factors for heart disease, such as: diabetes (type 1 or 2), smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, close family members with heart disease before age 60

All patients referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program are first assessed in the Cardiovascular Risk Factor Clinic by a Clinical Nurse Specialist (RN) and a Registered Dietitian (PDt). A Cardiovascular Risk assessment is completed and a personalized exercise plan is provided.

The group program runs for 12 weeks (two times a week) at the YMCA in Bridgewater. The program offers supervised exercise and group education on topics related to living well with chronic disease and managing risk factors. Sessions are supervised by a registered nurse (RN) and a Physiotherapist or Registered Kinesiologist with special training in health education and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation Program include:

  • Reduced symptoms
  • Improved blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Improved flexibility and strength
  • Improved ability to do usual daily activities
  • Feeling better in mind and body   


Clinic Location:

South Shore Regional Hospital (SSRH), 1st floor

How to make an appointment

Ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to refer you to the Cardiovascular Health Clinic.

Contact information:

For more information, please call 543-4604 extension 2222

Heart Function Clinic

The Heart Function Clinic is part of Chronic Disease Management Program at South Shore Health.

This clinic offers education, lifestyle counselling, exercise prescription and chronic disease management follow-up by our Heart Failure Nurse (RN) Specialist and Registered Dietician.

Referral by a doctor or nurse is required.
To learn more about Heart Failure visit:

Canadian Heart Failure Network 
Canadian Cardiovasular Socety

Recovery Road- Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Living with Heart Failure
Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Life after a heart attack
Sexuality and your heart
Understanding Angina

Risk Factor Clinic

The risk factor clinic is part of the Chronic Disease Management Program at South Shore Health.
This program is for people with a history of:

  • Heart attacks or angina
  • Heart surgery (heart transplant, coronary bypass, valve replacement, stenting)
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Stroke
  • Chronic heart failure
  •  Or at least three major risk factors (smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypertension, family history of coronary artery disease in relatives under age 60).

Staff at this clinic will help you and your family:

  • Find out about what increases your risk of heart disease
  • Set health goals and make a personal action plan to improve your health
  • Learn about medications, exercise
  • Learn about resources and services available within South Shore Health and the community.

Education:

One on one or group education with a Registered Dietitian, and ongoing follow-up as needed to promote and support healthful eating.

Early Cardiovascular Health Education Program: group Education Sessions are offered monthly, intended for those recently discharged  from hospital with a Cardiovascular Diagnosis.T

he Cardiovascular Risk Factor Clinic is intended to help motivate and assist individuals and families to take responsibility for their own health through motivating self directed action plans to reach personal health goals.
The clinic provides information, counseling, exercise/ education based rehabilitation programs, and links clients with other resources and services available within South Shore Health and the community.

Patients Receive:

  • A comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Assessment by our team.
  • One on one counseling with a Clinical Nurse Specialist (RN) for information on Cardiovascular Risk Factors:
    • Medications
    • Exercise Guidelines and Prescriptions
    • Motivational Interviewing Regarding Goal Setting and Developing Personal Action Plans for Lifestyle Change
    • Assessment and Screening for Enrollment in an individualized Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
  • Group Education Sessions are offered monthly, intended for those recently discharged from hospital with a Cardiovascular Diagnosis (see Early Cardiovascular Health Education Program).
  • One on one or group education with a Registered Dietitian, and ongoing follow-up as needed to promote and support healthful eating.

Doctor referral is required.

Who Can be Referred?

Patients with a history of:

  • angina pectoris 
  • acute coronary syndrome (heart attacks or unstable angina)
  • percutaneous coronary intervention (stenting)
  • coronary bypass surgery, valve replacement or cardiac transplant
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • cerebrovascular accident (brain attack) or transient ischemic attacks (mini stroke)
  • chronic heart failure and/or cardiomyopathy
  • Or at least three major cardiovascular risk factors (based on the 2009 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines) (smoking, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, family history of coronary artery disease in relatives under age 60).