The Central East Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Service, which offers individually-customized education and exercise training to nearly 4,000 patients a year, has significantly enhanced support for patients with congestive heart failure.
Heart failure occurs when the heart is not pumping as strongly as it should, causing the body to not get the right amount of blood, oxygen and nutrients it needs to work properly. This can result in leg swelling, shortness of breath, fatigue and a reduced quality of life. In fact, heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for the elderly in Canada.
Patients with heart failure receive excellent care across the region from family physicians, specialists, hospitals and specialized clinics. The Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) supports this excellent care through its ongoing investment in the regional cardiovascular rehabilitation service. This service develops self-management skills to help patients who are dealing with cardiovascular disease get on track to a heart-healthy lifestyle, and reduce their risk of future heart attacks, death or hospitalization. Now, it has been expanded with a congestive heart failure (CHF) enhancement.