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Cardiac Care Course
The @YourSideColleague® First Nations Cardiac Care Course

The @YourSide Colleague® First Nations Cardiac Care Course will provide health care providers in First Nations communities with a comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular disease, including risk factors, chronic disease prevention, diagnostic tests, management and treatment options and self-management. After taking this course, learners will be able to promote cardiovascular health and deliver evidence based culturally sensitive care related to cardiovascular disease.


Module 1: Introduction to Cardiovascular Disease

Completing this topic will enable the learner to:

  • Define five types of cardiovascular disease.
  • Identify various structures within the heart.
  • Distinguish basic functions of the heart.

Module 2: The Cardiac Assessment

Completing this topic will enable the learner to:

  • Identify the specific components of a cardiovascular health assessment.
  • Recognize and know the appropriate response to signs and symptoms commonly associated with a cardiac condition.

Module 3- Prevention

Completing this topic will enable the learner to:

  • Identify modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
  • Identify how to educate clients on healthy lifestyle choices.

Module 4: Cardiovascular Disease Diagnosis and Conditions

Completing this topic will enable the learner to:

  • Identify various cardiovascular diseases and the signs and symptoms associated with each condition.
  • Identify the management and/or treatment options for the various cardiovascular diseases.
  • Recollect factors and tests that influence how a cardiac diagnosis is made.

Module 5: Cardiovascular Disease Management

Completing this topic will enable the learner to:

  • Identify medications used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease and recognize possible side effects.
  • Understand and support a Chronic Disease Prevention and Management approach across the lifespan
  • Understand how to educate clients on wholistic strategies (Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual) on staying well with cardiovascular disease
A Course Reviewer Shares These Words:

“This is a great tool to increase or maintain knowledge that can be passed onto our First Nations People.“