St. Paul’s Hospital marks milestone heart procedure (Dr. Jamil Bashir)

“At first I thought I was struck by lightning.”

New online tool predicts trajectory of lung disease (Dr. Don Sin)

The head of respiratory medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital has helped develop an online risk-assessment that predicts which patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, will decline rapidly.

COPD online assessment tool to improve treatment options for patients (Dr. Don Sin)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects one in 12 Canadians over the age of 40. That’s three million people who are currently living with the progressive lung disease in this country, making it the fourth-leading cause of death in Canada.

Nurse-Made: TAVR Coordinators Shape Role to Enhance Quality Care & Outcomes (Dr. Sandra Lauck)

In the not-so-long-ago early days of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), most eyes focused on the physicians who performed the procedures even as behind-the-scenes contributions from nursing also helped make TAVR a success story. Recognition of their value also is raising nursing’s profile in the cardiovascular community.

Another Building Block in the Wall (Dr. Jonathon Leipsic)

Last year, the SCOT-HEART trial (Scottish COmputed Tomography of the HEART) demonstrated that coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) markedly clarified diagnoses for patients with suspected angina due to coronary heart disease (Lancet 2015;385[9985]:2383-91). Whether CCTA-guided changes in diagnoses led to appropriate improvements in invasive coronary angiography and initiation of preventive treatments, and whether these changes could be attributable to an improvement in clinical outcome, were unanswered questions. Now, a sub-analysis of SCOT-HEART has provided answers that may change how coronary artery disease (CAD) is diagnosed and managed (J Am Coll Cardiol 2016;67:1759-68). 

J-valve procedure saving heart patient lives at St. Paul’s Hospital

It’s a 4-minute procedure that has life-saving effects. A ‘j-valve’ is a revolutionary device that fixes leaky heart valves. The procedure doesn’t yet have Health Canada’s approval but as Aaron McArthur reports, doctors involved here are hoping that’s going to change.

Lucas device provides compression to patients in route to hospital (Dr. Brian Grunau)

Might emergency responders double the survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest victims?

B.C. urged to provide prescription narcotics at supervised sites (Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes)

Health officials in British Columbia want to provide pharmaceutical-grade opioids to some addicts at supervised-consumption sites to tackle the province’s soaring number of overdose deaths.

Looking into the heart of the matter (Dr. Jonathon Leipsic)

It takes eight hours for the information to be sent, analyzed and returned from
HeartFlow Inc’s offices in Redwood City, Calif., so it’s not used on emergency cases. Instead, patients with stable, persistent cardiac issues such as chest pain and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) could get a CT scan that’s then converted to a more detailed image.

Listen to Dr. Brian Grunau discuss ECPR on the Kash Heed Show

Listen to Dr. Brian Grunau discuss ECPR on the Kash Heed Show


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