A more inclusive approach to smoking cessation for women

Is quitting smoking on your 2019 list of goals? There are a variety of factors that influence someone’s ability to quit smoking long-term. For women, the messaging and research around smoking cessation has focused largely on women and pregnancy, rather than supporting the overall health of women and

Our five most popular stories of 2018

Our top 5 stories of 2018 covered a variety of important heath topics: innovative techniques and technology, continuing medical education in Canada, tips for better managing stress, and, yes, recreational pot, too. 5 th position (Fluoro)Less is More When it Comes to Cardiac Ablation 4 th position

(Fluoro)less is more when it comes to cardiac ablation

Common practice during complex arrhythmia ablation procedures, such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia ablation, calls for the use of radiation to help visualize catheter movement and guide the electrophysiologist through critical portions of the procedure. This type of radiation

Heart patients more concerned about disability than death in year after surgery, study finds

Traditional cardiovascular revascularization trials have long been designed by clinicians to examine outcomes that are predominantly of interest to clinicians. These trials are sometimes referred to as “tombstone trials” within the medical community for their tendency to focus on death or other

Do standard cardiac rehabilitation programs fail patients with atrial fibrillation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is not routinely recommended for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF), a growing epidemic and debilitating heart condition which affects approximately 350,000 Canadians. Patients with AF often experience poor exercise tolerance, low fitness levels, poor mental

Closer to the heart: Why proximity matters for improved cardiac rehab

Cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention (CRSP) programs are recommended for patients with cardiovascular disease, however participation in these programs is believed to be alarmingly low. At the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, where hundreds of cardiovascular specialists and allied

A retrospective look for a brighter future for First Nations’ heart health

First Nations people are believed to experience high rates of ischemic heart disease (IHD), a leading cause of death in Canada, and an important topic of discussion among cardiovascular and allied healthcare professionals attending this year’s Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) in Toronto. Dr

Is CABG better than percutaneous coronary intervention?

Cardiology experts from Canada and around the world have gathered in Toronto this weekend to attend the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC), the largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied healthcare professionals in the country. The Congress draws hundreds of speakers highlighting innovations

High school student’s study promising for yogis

Ashok Pandey, an 11th grade student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute is the youngest investigator to present at this year’s Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, the largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied healthcare professionals in the country. On the first day of presentations, Pandey stepped

Marijuana and your heart

Legalized marijuana is now a reality in Canada. This opening up of legal access will have a variety of health implications. In addition, marijuana is increasingly prescribed for much of what ails us, from the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis to a host of other conditions, many of which affect