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Cardiac device implants in Canada: Are they worth the risk?

Heart failure is the most rapidly rising cardiovascular disease in the country and 1.4 million Canadians are admitted to hospital with the illness each year, as reported by the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.  There is currently no cure for heart failure, however, individual treatment plans and implantable cardiac devices such as pacemakers and

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Navigating the holidays with heart failure: What you need to know

The holiday season brings many opportunities to catch up with friends and family, to celebrate the completion of a successful year, and enjoy delicious food. It also increases the need to take time out to relax.  When your regular routine is disrupted with a full calendar of activities and events such as family get-togethers, decorating,

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7 Ways to prepare for emergency situations with heart failure

It’s estimated that one million Canadians are living with heart failure, and many do not yet know that they’re suffering from this chronic illness, according to the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.  The Heart and Stroke Foundation reports that “heart failure is on the rise as more people are surviving heart attacks and other acute heart

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Winter with heart failure: Things to be mindful of this season

Winter is a beautiful time of year in Canada with glistening snowfall, beautiful snow-capped mountains, and frozen lakes and rivers. However, our winters are also long, and often harsh, in much of our country. The cold season increases the risk of dangers for everyone, and for those living with heart failure, this is especially so.

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Eat well: 3 Heart-healthy recipes for fall

Autumn brings shorter days, longer nights, and a drop in weather temperatures that makes you savour those cozy nights in. That’s why it’s a wonderful time of year to try out new, seasonal recipes that are healthy for your heart. “You may find eating with heart failure is a bit of a balancing act. While

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Dining out: How to eat healthy with heart failure

Heart failure has many potential causes such as high blood pressure, excess body weight, high cholesterol, and also diabetes which plays a role in several ways. The connection between diabetes and heart failure starts with high blood sugar levels.   “Over time, high glucose in the bloodstream can damage the arteries, causing them to become

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Finding strength amid frustration: A caregiver’s perspective of heart failure

One million Canadians have heart failure, the most rapidly rising cardiovascular disease in Canada, as reported by the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research. That’s one million people who have been diagnosed with an illness, for which in 2018, there is no cure. Frequent hospital appointments, daily medication, monitoring your diet, and taking extra precautions

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7 Tips for Traveling with Heart Failure

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness like heart failure instantly makes you think about the rest of your life. “How will this impact my family? Will I be able to do the things I love? Can I travel?” These are common questions that every heart failure patient has. According to the Ted Rogers Centre For

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St. Paul’s Hospital celebrates 500 heart transplant surgeries in BC

On August 8, a special event took place at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver to celebrate a major milestone – 500 heart transplants in British Columbia. Heart transplant recipients, the transplant care team at St. Paul’s Hospital, representatives from BC Transplant and Public Health Services Authority, and Health Minister Adrian Dix, joined together for the occasion. The

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