Cardiac Care (Heart Centre)

The Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital is British Columbia’s only comprehensive referral centre for patients with heart disease, a major teaching facility for cardiac professionals and a leader in understanding and treating heart disease.


The Heart Centre is a centre for excellence for heart care, as well as a major teaching facility for cardiac professionals and a leader in heart disease causes and treatments. Our Heart Centre services include:

  • Angiograms and related procedures
  • Chest pain and heart attacks
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Healthy heart program
  • Heart rhythm
  • Heart surgery
  • Heart tests
  • Heart transplantation
  • Transcatheter heart valve program

For more information on programs and services visit The Heart Centre. The Heart Centre and its clinics are located at St. Paul’s Hospital on 1081 Burrard Street (at the corner of Comox Street) in downtown Vancouver. For parking and transit information click here.

Outpatient Programs + Clinics

For a list of our outpatient programs and clinics click here.


Teaching and Research

Division of Cardiology

For more information visit the UBC Division of Cardiology website or contact our department at St. Paul’s Hospital:

The Division of Cardiology
478 – 1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6
Telephone: 604-682-2344 ext 63599

Institute for Heart and Lung Health

The Institute for Heart and Lung Health (IHLH), based at St. Paul’s Hospital, embraces heart and lung researchers, clinical innovators, and trainees from across British Columbia, as well as collaborators around the world. We span organizational, disciplinary, sectoral, and geographical boundaries, and our research reaches from molecules through to populations. We bring synergy, a wide range of efficiencies, and a higher plane of performance and impact in furthering heart and lung health, as well as addressing the global burdens of heart and lung diseases.


Guidelines for Professionals

Emergency Cardiac Care: Provincial Guidelines and Tools for Registered Nurses

The 2009 revisions to the Health Professions Act specify the following restricted activities under Section 6, which means that a registered nurse may carry out these actions without a physician’s order.

A registrant in the course of practising nursing may…

  • Apply electricity for the purpose of defibrillation in the course of emergency cardiac care
  • In respect of a drug specified in Schedule I of the Drug Schedules Regulation

​                     - compound the drug

                     - dispense the drug, or

                     - administer the drug by any method for the purposes of
                                       (iv) treating …
                                              (B) cardiac dysrhythmia

CRNBC has named Providence Health Care as the expert agency that develops and maintains documents outlining both the required competencies for nurses to carry out these activities safely, and also decision support tools to assist registered nurses in these activities. Please visit the Heart Centre Website to view these documents.


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