Heart/Lung

As TAVR Use Expands, Focus Shifts to Standardizing and Streamlining Care (Dr. Sandra Lauck)

A clinical pathway for TAVR patients developed by a team of investigators in Vancouver, Canada—much like similar protocols increasingly being implemented at other centers—signals a shift in focus from the procedure itself to how patients move through the system. The shift comes at a time when procedure volumes are expected to increase as TAVR is offered to lower-risk patients.

Study shows women less likely than men to participate in cardiac rehab (Dr. Karin Humphries)

Women are less likely than men to participate fully in cardiac rehabilitation programs, which could impede their recovery from heart attacks and heart procedures, say Canadian researchers.
 

Fewer women than men finish rehab after heart attack, study finds (Dr. Karin Humphries)

Women who have heart attacks are less likely to complete a rehabilitation program than men — 64 per cent compared to 69 per cent — concludes a study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology Wednesday.

Richmond man first in North America to have emergency minimally invasive heart procedure

It took one deathly ill patient, an enthusiastic hospital team and only 19 minutes for a new North American — and perhaps even world — medical record to be set at Vancouver General Hospital last Friday for an emergency heart procedure.

New partnership accelerates treatments for COPD patients (Dr. Don Sin)

Vancouver, BC-A world-renowned St. Paul’s Hospital lung researcher and Canada’s national Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) have teamed up to fight one of the world’s deadliest lung illnesses – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Kelowna Musician Not Missing a Beat With New Heart (Dr. Anson Cheung)

A Kelowna man is reportedly on the mend after undergoing a life-saving heart transplant.

Vancouver team aims to improve COPD treatments (Dr. Don Sin)

It’s been 12 years since Bill Koeninger was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – a lung disease better known as COPD.

FDA warns of dangerous errors made during implantation of Abbott's MitraClip (Dr. Danny Dvir)

Abbott ($ABT) said it will retrain implanters of its transcatheter MitraClip device for mitral valve repair following reports of procedures in which the implant could not be detached from the delivery device. All 9 reported cases resulted in surgical interventions, and one ended in postoperative death due to severe comorbidities.

Kelowna Musician Receives Double Transplant, and $21K in Community Support

A local musician is recovering from major surgery, with the support of the Kelowna community.

Heart failure patient: ‘Without these people, I wouldn’t be alive’

Today, Jillianne Code has a new heart after a decade of dire cardiac problems that saw the healthy young woman collapse from congestive heart failure at age 28.

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