Heart/Lung

St. Paul’s Hospital testing new CPR trial for heart attack sufferers

A first of its kind trial is set to hit St Paul’s Hospital in an attempt to increase the survival rate of people who have heart attacks.

Rehabilitation focuses on better breathing (Dr. Pat Camp)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is largely neglected in health news because of its taint from tobacco smoke, which causes up to 90 per cent of cases. Yet about 13 per cent of Canadians over 35 have it, two-thirds of the cases undiagnosed as current and former smokers chalk up their wheezing, gurgling lungs and shortness of breath to aging.

One of a kind heart test being pioneered at St. Paul’s Hospital

Technology and health care can often be a double-edged sword. New tests can mean better patient outcomes, but they often come with a hefty price tag.

St. Paul's Hospital pilot project aims to help patients with COPD while reducing costs (Dr. Don Sin)

Maggie Joyce and Robert Barnes are among the growing number of Canadians living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

Almost $1 billion is spent every year in B.C. on aging smokers (Dr. Don Sin)

As many as 95,000 British Columbians are living with a chronic disease that’s costing the province more than $90-million dollars a year.

Friend's transplant inspires support for Big Bike Ride (St. Paul's Hospital)

One good reason to fundraise and participate in the Heart & Stroke Foundation's Big Bike Ride is because a person's family and friends have been affected by heart disease, heart failure or stroke but when it's all three it becomes a triple threat that inspires action.

EuroPCR 2016: Study casts doubt on long-term TAVR durability (Dr. Danny Dvir)

Study results released this week at the annual EuroPCR conference in Paris indicated that half of transcatheter aortic valve replacements had signs of degeneration within 10 years.

Woman faces death daily from heart condition that killed her son (Dr. Andrew Krahn)

Robin Thay didn't understand how her son, a fit, strong 35-year-old man, could die without warning.

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.
 

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