Heart & Vascular Program
We aim to promote and restore the health and well-being of individuals
and families affected by heart disease. Our services help patients
and their families learn about treatments, identify risk factors
and work toward making heart-healthy lifestyle changes. Our objectives
demonstrate our commitment to the promotion of health in education,
clinical care and research:
- To be a community resource for various aspects of cardiac prevention including medical and psychosocial interventions, obesity counseling, and smoking cessation.
- To be the main resource and education centre for preventative health promotion for cardiology trainees at the University of Toronto.
- To allow health care trainees from variety of disciplines including
nursing, medicine and allied health exposure to health promotion
in the cardiac rehabilitation setting.
- To improve quality of life for the cardiac patient.
- To provide counseling on heart-healthy living that will reduce the risk of further coronary heart disease.
- To reduce deaths from coronary heart disease.
- To reduce further admissions to hospital for coronary heart disease.
- To reduce health care costs.
- Foster development and profile research in the cardiac prevention and risk reduction field from all groups of health care professionals.
- Link various programs at St. Michael's Hospital and University of Toronto to the heart and vascular program and cardiac patients via satellite projects pertaining to health promotion.
- Maintain a gender lens on cardiovascular research for our female and male patients.