Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
The NSMC Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program is a 13-week program designed to educate, motivate and guide patients to make the best choices to prevent the development or progression of heart disease. The goal of the program is to empower patients to make healthier lifestyle choices. Clinic sessions are held once a week for two and a half to three hours. The four main components of the program are cardiovascular risk factor education, nutrition education, exercise guidelines and stress management techniques.
Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program
To qualify for the program you must have been diagnosed with any of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and smoking. If you have at least two of the appropriate risk factors, speak to your primary care physician about enrolling in the program.
Patients with at least two risk factors general find the clinical cost of this program covered by their insurance company. However there is an out of pocket enrollment fee.
Cardiovascular risk factors treated:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- Your nutritional intake before and after the program is analyzed
Exercise and fitness monitoring:
- blood pressure
- heart rate
- response to exercise
- meditation and relaxation techniques and other strategies are taught