The University of Ottawa Health Services (UOHS) Family Health Team offers a program focused on providing comprehensive care to patients who have hypertension (high blood pressure) and dyslipidemia (abnormal cholesterol levels). Hypertension and dyslipidemia are risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD continues to be the leading cause of death in Ottawa and the surrounding area (the Champlain district) and the burden of CVD is expected to double as the generation of baby boomers age.
The program is based on the Champlain Primary Care Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management Guideline and will help you address the causes of hypertension and dyslipidemia through lifestyle counselling as well as using pharmacological measures to ensure adequate control of the conditions and prevent progression.
This program is run by our Family Health Team (FHT) nurse practitioner (NP). The UOHS Family Health Team also includes other health professionals like our pharmacist and our dietitian who are available to support the patient.
What to Expect
- Screening of personal risk factors for cardiovascular disease
- Blood pressure measurement
- Referral for diagnostic tests (if required)
- Referral to other UOHS professionals such as our dietitian, clinical pharmacist or chiropodist
- Referral to other UOHS programs or community resources
- Education focused on your lifestyle and specific needs
- Ongoing support and management
- Ongoing communication and collaboration with your family physician
How to Prepare
- Bring the medications you are currently taking (including over the counter) or a list of your medications
- Write down any questions you have about your high blood pressure or high cholesterol
How to Access
Patients who are rostered with a UOHS Family Health Team (FHT) physician can join the cardiovascular program at 100 Marie Curie (map) and also access additional health services at UOHS. By participating in the UOHS FHT cardiovascular program, you may be able to better manage your heart health and avoid cardiovascular related complications, while continuing to have regular appointments with your family doctor or nurse practitioner for the management of your overall health.
You can also self-refer to this program by calling us at 613-564-3950 to request an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner program lead.
University of Ottawa Health Services has become a satellite location for the Ottawa Heart Institute CardioPrevent Program. The goal of this program is to help people with risk factors lower their chances of having cardiovascular disease (CVD). UOHS follows the Ottawa Heart Institute’s program. CardioPrevent Health Coaches will develop a tailored personalized plan to improve participants’ well-being and quality of life.
This program is led by Erin O’Neill, a nurse practitioner (NP) in our Family Health Team (FHT). CardioPrevent Health Coaches at UOHS also include other health professionals from our team, including nurse practitioners, pharmacist and dietitian.
The program includes:
- Appointments where you will meet your own personal CardioPrevent® health coach, who will make you aware of your risk factors and develop your own personal risk reduction plan
- Regular follow-up support and guidance
- A personalized educational package tailored to your cardiovascular risk factors
- Referrals to services that will help you to meet your personal goals
To be eligible for the program you must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- Moderate to high risk for CVD (score determined by the patient's Framingham Risk Score)
- Provider referral and self-referral are accepted
Are you at risk? Use the Ottawa Heart Institute online tool to assess your risk for cardiovascular disease