Heart Disease & Heart Problems

heart disease

Heart Attack Symptoms & Warning Signs

The Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon provides information regarding heart attack warning signals and cardiac arrest warning signs:

Heart Attack Warning Signals
Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs
Heart Attack Myths


Women and Heart Attack

Are the warning signals of heart attack the same for women? Learn the unique risk factors for women and how to recognize the signs.


Heart Failure

The following handouts are available to heart failure patients and their families.

Heart Failure Discharge Reminders 
Learn about Home Health Monitoring for heart failure.

Living Well With Heart Failure

Island Health offers the Living Well With Heart Failure video as a guide to living well with heart failure. You can also read the Living Well with Heart Failure - Booklet.


Electrophysiology Studies, Ablation and Cardioversion

The following handouts are available for Heart Health patients:

Getting Ready for Your Electrophysiology Procedure 
About Electrophysiology - Study of the Heart
Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter
Going Home after EP Study and Ablation
Atrial Fibrillation
Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation
Catheter Ablation for Supraventricular Tachycardia
Cardioversion Pamphlet
AV Node Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation
Electrical Cardioversion

Drug infusion testing

Drug Infusion Testing for Heart Rhythm Conditions
What Do My Negative Results Mean
What Do My Positive Results Mean


Heart Disease Medications

The Heart & Stroke Foundation website has information on medications available to treat various heart conditions including:

  • Angina
  • Cholesterol
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heart rhythms 

Also see: Managing Your Medications 

Paying for Your Medications

The following resources provide information on financial options:

Additional Resources

The Living Well with Heart Disease – A Guide for People with Coronary Artery Disease booklet includes information regarding heart medications for patients and their families.


Cardiac Rehabilitation and Recovery

The following handouts are available to patients to help with cardiac rehabilitation and recovery.

6 Minute Walk Test for Cardiac and Respiratory Rehab Patients
Living Well with Heart Disease – A Guide for People with Coronary Artery Disease
Heart Failure Booklet

Also see: Cardiac Rehabilitation / Risk Reduction Program


Heart Surgery and Procedures

The following handouts are available for heart surgery and procedure patients:

Heart Surgery

Before During and After Your Heart Surgery
Heart Surgery Care Map

Catheterization Procedures

Getting Ready for Your Cardiac Catheterization Procedure 
Going Home After Cardiac Catheterization Femoral Approach 
Going Home After Cardiac Catheterization Radial Approach 
Vascular Closure Perclose
Vascular Closure Angio Seal
Going Home After Aortic Valvuloplasty
Going Home After Your Cardiac Biopsy

Coronary Stent Procedures

Medications After a Coronary Stent Procedure

Cardiac Devices, ICDs and Pacemakers

Getting Ready for Your Cardiac Device Insertion
Going Home After Your Cardiac Device, Pacemaker Implant or Pacemaker Lead Revision
MRI Scan and Implanted Cardiac Devices Patient Information Sheet
MRI Scan and Implanted Cardiac Devices Information for Physicians 
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy – A Guide for Patients and Families 
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator – A Guide for Patients and Families 
Following a Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Implant 
Your Shock Plan - How to Deal with a Defibrillator Shock or Loss of Consciousness

Radiation Skin Reactions

Radiation Skin Reactions

Learn More: BC Heart and Stroke Recovery Road Booklet


Heart Tests

The following handouts relate to heart tests:

Public Patient Information - Echocardiogram 
MIBI Scan
Tilt Table Test
Transesophageal Echocardiogram
Echocardiogram Contrast Handout

Learn More: Heart and Stroke Foundation Heart Disease - Tests

News & Events

Island Health Magazine 2020 Special Edition

Island Health Magazine 2020 Special Edition

This issue pays tribute to our communities and health care heroes. Also included are articles and information on COVID-19.

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#DifferentTogether Pledge

#DifferentTogether Pledge


"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu

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Ingrid Cline, Chemainus Health Care Centre

Island Health ambassadors protect patients, staff and physicians from COVID-19

Bev Groenewold is by nature a friendly person, but the pediatric nurse at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital typically doesn’t greet people at the front doors of the facility.

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