Cardiac Rehabilitation Program - Heart Health


The Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) Cardiac Risk Reduction / Rehabilitation Program is offered by Island Health, physicians and affiliated organizations. Our team of  cardiologists, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, pharmacists, social workers and psychiatrists work with patients and families to achieve cardiac rehab goals.

The goal of this program is to help patient's manage their heart health to the best of their ability. This is achieved through:

  • Medical assessment by a cardiologist
  • Education about heart disease and healthy lifestyles
  • Creating a plan to reduce cardiovascular disease
  • Exercise guidance to improve overall fitness
  • Take Heart & Breathe Well Exercise Program
  • Heart to Heart & Heart Matters Cardiac Education

Affiliated programs are accessible to patients without referral to the RJH Cardiac Rehabilitation program

Who can participate?

People living with a form of heart disease that would benefit from risk management and lifestyle education. A doctor's referral is required for some programs.

Take Heart & Breathe Well Program

Take Heart & Breathe Well is a 12 week supervised cardiac exercise program that can benefit people who have had a heart event and/or breathing problems, as well as other chronic illness. Located in local community recreation centres, patients can call directly to self-refer. Under the supervision of qualified medical and exercise staff, patients will learn an exercise program to improve their health and quality of life. 

Take Heart and Breathe Well Program brochure

Island Heart to Heart and Heart Matters

Heart to Heart and Heart Matters are Cardiac Education and Support classes offered throughout Vancouver Island. 

Island Heart to Heart (Victoria) is an education and support program (using the Zoom application), for people and their families with heart disease or who are at risk for heart disease. The program includes seven sessions (which vary in duration), delivered by a variety of healthcare professionals over a four week period.

  • A small fee is charged and self-referrals are accepted.

Heart Matters (Nanaimo, Oceanside, Port Alberni & Campbell River) is an eight week heart health education program for people who have a form of heart disease that would benefit from risk management and lifestyle education. These are small group education sessions delivered by a variety of health care professionals. Each session is one hour long.

  • These sessions are free and self-referrals are accepted. 

Heart to Heart and Heart Matters Cardiac Education Brochure

Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre - Healthy Lifestyles Program

A free educational and support program in Duncan, B.C. to promote healthy lifestyle for First Nations people. 

 Patient Resources

Community Resource Guide

View the Community Resource Guide.

Exercise Videos and Resources

British Heart Foundation - Cardiac Rehab

Virtual Cardiac Rehab (VCR) Vancouver Coastal

  • Video Playlist
  • Suggested to watch videos numbered 1 to 3, 7, then 9 to 13.

Fraser Health – Cardiac Rehabilitation

Pulse Cardiac (Kelowna) 

COPD Resources

Find Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) resources.

General Information on Cardiac Rehabilitation Program - Heart Health

Referral Required?
How to get a Referral

People who reside on Vancouver Island or surrounding communities are eligible with a physician or primary care provider’s referral.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

3 Royal, Royal Jubilee Hospital
1952 Bay St.
Victoria, B.C. 
V8R 1J8
Fax: 250-370-8267

South Island:
  • Henderson Recreation Centre
    2291 Cedar Hill X Rd.
    Victoria, B.C.
    Fax: 250-595-7607

  • Active Solutions Health + Sport
    12 Roberts St.
    Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A8
    Fax:  250-984-7475

  • Saanich Commonwealth Place
    4636 Elk Lake Dr. 
    Victoria, B.C.
    Fax: 250-727-2649

  • West Shore Parks and Recreation
    1767 Island Hwy
    Victoria, B.C.
    Fax: 250-474-8650

  • Royal Jubilee Hospital (your physician makes a referral to Dr. Swiggum)
    952 Bay St
    Victoria, B.C.
    Fax: 250-370-8267

North Island:
  • Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex
    225 South Dogwood St
    Campbell River, B.C.
    Fax: 250-830-6778

Island Heart to Heart and Heart Matters


Healthy Lifestyles Program


Take Heart and Breathe Well Program



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