Heart Health

Give your heart a check-up and have your blood pressure checked at one of our drop-in clinics!

  • Drop into the nursing station and have your blood pressure checked Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Fridays from 8:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m., or
  • Drop into our screening clinic at Shoppers Drug Mart (25 Duke Street, Dryden, ON) on the last Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

We use a BpTRU Automated Blood Pressure Monitor to measure your blood pressure in order to ensure accurate and consistent readings each time you have your blood pressure measured by one of our nurses.

Call and make an appointment with one of our Registered Nurses to learn about high blood pressure or Hypertension. Education will be provided on how to live a heart healthy lifestyle.

Blood Pressure Management

We offer blood pressure monitoring and education that can help you understand what hypertension is; the risks; and strategies for lowering your blood pressure. We offer support for lifestyle adjustments that have been proven to help reduce blood pressure and decrease the risk of many cardiovascular diseases.

The learning objectives include:

  • Blood pressure check with BpTRU
  • What is hypertension
  • Causes and risks of hypertension
  • Self-monitoring of blood pressure and what the numbers mean

Meet with our Registered Nurses and a Registered Dietitian to learn ways to manage your blood pressure through diet, exercise, stress reduction, and smoking cessation.

No physician referral needed, just call and make an appointment!

Cholesterol Management

Meet with our Registered Dietitian and Registered Nurses to determine your cardiovascular age. Learn what your cholesterol levels are and what that means.

ways to manage your cholesterol levels through lifestyle adjustments such as diet and exercise. Clients are followed every 3 months while in the program.

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Meet with our Registered Nurses to learn what CHF means, what the causes are and ways to manage your condition at home. No physician referral needed, just call and make an appointment!

TIA/Stroke Prevention

Meet with our Registered Nurses to learn what TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) or Stroke means. Learn which warning signs to look out for and ways to prevent a TIA or Stroke. No physician referral needed, just call and make an appointment!

How Do I Register for Any of the Above Programs?

If your health care provider has already requested that you attend this session, you will be contacted by our Program Assistant with an appointment. If not, and you are interested in attending these program, please ask your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner for a referral.

Cardiac Education Program (Post Cardiac Event):

The Program: Individual client assessment, education and support related to post event cardiac education.
Note, a physician referral is required, or talk to your health care provider.

Each participant will meet with:

  • the Case Manager (Mental Health Therapist) to review program details and navigation, develop individual education/treatment goals and screen for depression, anxiety and stress management.
  • the Registered Nurse to review questions and concerns related to recent event, heart
    health, blood pressure management and medication use.
  • the Registered Dietitian to assess current intake, review a heart healthy diet and develop nutrition goals related to fat, salt, sugar, fibre and weight management.
  • the Nurse Practitioner as required for questions, concerns and treatment as required.
  • Each participant will have the opportunity to attend weekly education sessions offered Thursdays at 10:00 am in the Family Health Team Boardroom. Sessions include:

  • Heart Health & Medication Etiquette – Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner
  • Exercise – Physiotherapist
  • Label Reading – Registered Dietitian
  • Coping with Stress – Mental Health Therapist
  • Recipe Adaptation – Registered Dietitian
  • Hot Topics – Cardiac Education Team

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