Risk Factor Clinic

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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).

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