Heart disease is a major cause of disease and death in Canada. We recognize the enormous impact this disease has on the lives of our community members.
Each year, over 500 patients and their families benefit from the Cardiac Education Program. This comprehensive inpatient program is unique because education and counselling begin while the patient is recovering in hospital. Our goal is to assist patients and their family members acquire the confidence and skills needed to lead a heart healthy life. Members of our team work together to meet the needs of the patient and family. The team includes a social worker, pharmacist, clinical dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and registered nurses.
The Cardiac Education Program provides individual and group education on:
- Emotional reactions after a cardiac event (heart attack)
- Heart medication
- Heart healthy diet
- Physical energy conservation
- Stress management
- Physical activity after a cardiac event
- Smoking cessation program
Information related to specific tests or treatments may include: stress tests, angiograms, coronary angioplasty, bypass surgery and permanent pacemakers. Our team encourages healthy lifestyle changes and links patients with programs that enable individuals to stay healthy. Family members are encouraged to participate in our educational programs.
North York General Hospital provides care for individuals with heart disease, and many of our patients require telemetry. Telemetry is a portable remote control heart monitoring device that reads your heart rhythm and rate, and relays this information to your nurse and to the central monitors. Many services are available directly on the 6th floor (6 West), and specialized diagnostics are provided through Diagnostic Cardiology Services.