Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Heart Health/Cardiovascular Health
Primary Health Care
Cardiac Rehabilitation is a program to support your heart health and management of cardiovascular risk factors to decrease your risk for cardiac events.  There are many benefits to attending cardiac rehab such as, decreased symptoms of angina, improved energy and fitness and much more.
Cardiac Rehab is personalized to address your individual needs and includes:
  • Individual assessment by our team of health professionals including nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, kinesiologists and other healthcare providers
  • Supervised group exercise (up to twelve weeks, once or twice per week) and/or Home-based individualized exercise planning,  based upon your personal assessment, medical history and goals  
  • Nutrition assessment, education and counseling with an ongoing focus on your individual nutrition needs and preferences
  • Realistic goal setting 
  • Motivational educational sessions designed for your lifestyle and health   
  • Guidance for self-managing your health, (for example; diabetes testing and management, heart rate monitoring, etc.)  
  • Medication recommendations by the medical director
Depending on your individual needs a virtual program may be available.
Virtual Cardiac Rehab is home-based and provides one-on-one consultations, online education sessions and cardiovascular risk factor management with the health professional team.  
The program is offered in a variety of locations throughout Nova Scotia (see below for locations).   

More about this service

Location and contact information

Antigonish, Guysborough, Richmond Strait area
Community Cardiovascular Hearts in Motion 
St. Martha’s Regional Hospital                                                                   
25 Bay Street DIRECTIONS                                                                 

  • Phone: 902-863-7192 
  • or 902-863-7193 

South Shore Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program
Suite 110, Bridgewater Medical Arts Building
42 Glen Allan Drive DIRECTIONS

  • Phone: 902-527-2417 
  • Fax: 902-543-8895 

Cape Breton -Sydney
Heart & Lung Wellness Centre 
200 Churchill Drive, Unit 200 DIRECTIONS

  • Phone :902-563-8566   
  • Fax: 902-563-8572

Hearts & Health in Motion - a Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation Program and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program
110 Wyse Road, Dartmouth  DIRECTIONS

  • Phone : 902-473-3846
  • Fax: 902-473-7855

Hearts & Health in Motion - a Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation Program and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program
6960 Mumford Rd, Suite 2057, Corridor 2 DIRECTIONS

  • Phone : 902-473-3846
  • Fax: 902-473-7855

Kentville /Annapolis /Kings Co.
Extended Warranty II Valley Cardiac Rehab Program
Valley Regional Hospital
15 Exhibition St DIRECTIONS

  • Phone: 902 679-2657 ext.2621
  • Fax: 902 678-5423

Lower Sackville
Hearts & Health in Motion - a Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation Program and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program
Cobequid Community Health Centre
40 Freer Lane, Lower Sackville DIRECTIONS

  • Phone : 902-473-3846
  • Fax: 902-473-7855

New Glasgow
One Door Chronic Disease Management Centre Cardiac Rehab Program
688B East River Road DIRECTIONS

  • Phone: 902-752-7600 ext. 4700

Cardiac Maintenance Education Program
Colchester East Hants Health Centre 600 Abenaki Road DIRECTIONS

  • Phone: 902-893-5528
  • Fax: 902-893-3713

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program  
Yarmouth Regional Hospital - Cardiovascular Clinic, Wellness Center  
4th Floor Building C  60 Vancouver Street DIRECTIONS                                                                         

  • Phone: 902-742-3542  Ext 1460
  • Fax: 902 742-5170

How do I make an appointment?

If you have recently been an inpatient at the QEII hospital due to heart related conditions, you will be automatically referred to a cardiac rehab program. In other parts of the province, your health care provider can refer you to the program nearest you,

Who Is the Program For?

This information varies by region.

This program is intended for patients with a history of:

  • Stroke (Brain Attack) or Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA)
  • Myocardial Infarction (Heart attack) or Angina Pectoris
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Cardiac Surgery including valve replacements and heart transplant
  • Chronic heart failure and/or Cardiomyopathy
  • Or at least 3 major risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease

Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease:

  • Diabetes Mellitus (type 1 or 2)
  • Smoking
  • Dyslipidemia  (high cholesterol)
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • High risk family history (Coronary artery disease in first degree relatives before the age of 60)
  • Physical inactivity

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs for Patients:

  • 25% lower Cardiac Mortality in patients with Coronary Artery Disease
  • Reduced symptoms of angina pectoris and congestive heart failure
  • Improved average blood pressure and cholesterol profile
  • A decrease in smoking rates by 16-27%
  • Improved flexibility and strength
  • Improved ability to do usual daily activities
  • Improved psychological and emotional well-being

Source: Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation 2009 URL:

You may benefit from the programs of the Heart and Lung Wellness Centre if you have any of the following medical conditions: 
Post Myocardial Infarction Post Angioplasty 
Post Coronary Bypass Surgery Acute Coronary Syndrome Individuals at High Risk for Coronary Artery Disease Chronic Lung Disease 

Participation in the Heart and Lung Wellness Centre programs can help you: 
Decrease Shortness of Breath Im prove Fitness 
Decreased Cholesterol Levels Control/Decrease Blood Pressure 
Control/Decrease Weight Improve Quality of Life 

A physician referral is required.

This program is for people WITH or AT RISK for Heart & Vascular Disease and other conditions related to the heart including cerebral vascular disease (stroke), heart failure, peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation to the legs), atrial fibrillation (Afib), and heart valve disease.  The program is also for people who have High Risk for heart disease with risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

This program is for people with a history of:

  • Stroke (Brain Attack) or Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) (mini stroke) Heart attack or Angina
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Cardiac Surgery (including valve replacements and heart transplant)
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Or at least 3 major risk factors for heart disease, such as: diabetes (type 1 or 2), smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, close family members with heart disease before age 60
  • All patients referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program are first assessed in the Cardiovascular Risk Factor Clinic by a Clinical Nurse Specialist (RN) and a Registered Dietitian (PDt). A Cardiovascular Risk assessment is completed and a personalized exercise plan is provided.

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