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CCORT is funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team Grant in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research


CCORT is funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team Grant in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research

CANHEART is funded by a CIHR Team Grant in Chronic Disease Risk & Intervention Strategies

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2003 News Items
An index, that can predict the risk of death for heart failure patients within hours of being admitted to hospital could change the way physicians around the world counsel their patients about the risk of dying from heart disease.
CITATION: Predicting mortality among patients hospitalized for heart failure: derivation and validation of a clinical model. JAMA, Nov 2003. 290(19): 2581-2587
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Print media coverage included:
Dec. 16, 2003, The Medical Post “Mortality risk index for heart failure helps with prognosis”
Nov. 19, 2003, www.HealthDay.com “Doctors Can Predict Heart Failure Death”
Nov. 18, 2003, Toronto Star “Web site helps MDs predict heart-failure death risk”
Nov. 18, 2003, The Canadian Press “Online calculator to help doctors predict risk of death from heart failure”
Nov. 18, 2003, The Windsor Star “Heart failure risk predicted by index”
Nov. 18, 2003, The Hamilton Spectator “Index gives heart patient survival odds”


CCORT researchers examined patterns of drug use and expenditures nationally and by province for cardiovascular drug classes and individual drugs within the classes.
CITATION: Trends in Cardiovascular Drug Utilization and Drug Expenditures in Canada between 1996 and 2001. Can J Cardiol. November 2003, 19(12): 1359-1366.
Print media coverage included:
Nov. 25, 2003, The Medical Post “Heart disease drug spending tops $3.3 billion”
Nov. 8, 2003, The Telegram (St. John’s, NL) “Heart drug spending doubled in five years”
Nov. 8, 2003, Cape Breton Post (Sydney, NS) “Spending on heart drugs doubled in five years”
Nov. 7, 2003, The Prince George Citizen “Spending on heart medication doubles”
Nov. 7, 2003, Times-Colonist (Victoria, BC) “Heart medication spending soars”
Nov. 7, 2003, Fort McMurray Today “Spending on heart meds double: stats”
Nov. 7, 2003, The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton, NB) “Study finds Canadian spending on heart drugs doubled in five years”
Nov. 7, 2003, Metro (Toronto, ON) “Spending on heart drugs up”
Nov. 7, 2003, The London Free Press “Heart drug spending doubles”
Nov. 7, 2003, The Intelligencer (Belleville, ON) “Study finds Canadians spending more on heart drugs”
Nov. 7, 2003, Times Colonist (Victoria, BC) “Heart medication spending soars”
Nov. 7, 2003, The Toronto Star “Spending doubles on heart medication”
Nov. 6, 2003, The Globe and Mail “Canadian spending on heart drugs doubles, study says”


CCORT researchers examined the percentage of Canadians who had six important heart disease risk factors (smoking, obesity, physical activity, low income, diabetes, and hypertension) as well as the effect of these risk factors on regional variations in heart disease mortality rates across the country.
CITATION: Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease in Canada. Can J Cardiol October 2003. 19(11): 1249-1259.
Print media coverage included:
Oct. 28, 2003, The Medical Post “Heart disease risk rates vary greatly across Canada”
Oct. 28, 2003, National Post “Cardiac care varies from east to west”
Oct. 28, 2003, The Ottawa Citizen “Health care quality varies widely across Canada: MD”
Oct. 27, 2003, Maclean’s “Heart Attack Havens”
Oct. 27, 2003, www.canada.com “Pill burden rising, but study of heart attack survivors shows gains not there”
Oct. 18, 2003, The Recorder and Times (Brockville, ON) “Atlantic Canada at higher risk of heart disease, new atlas shows”
Oct. 17, 2003, The Chronicle-Herald “Heart disease higher among Atlantic Canadians”
Oct. 17, 2003, Kitchener-Waterloo Record “Heart disease hits Atlantic Canada especially hard”
Oct. 17, 2003, Ottawa Sun “Researchers map out risk of heart disease”
Oct. 17, 2003, Times & Transcript “East Coast riskier for heart disease”
Oct. 17, 2003, The Canadian Press “Heart disease higher among Atlantic Canadians”
Oct. 17, 2003, The Hamilton Spectator “Smokers risk fatal heart attack”
Oct. 16, 2003, The Canadian Press “Atlantic Canada at much higher risk of heart disease, new atlas shows”


CCORT researchers looked at the number of hospitalizations and length of stay for all Canadians hospitalized for heart attack, heart failure, angina and chest pain between 1994-95 and 1999/2000.
CITATION: Hospitalization Rates and Length of Stay for Cardiovascular Conditions in Canada, 1994 to 1999. Can J Cardiol September 2003. 19(10): 1123-1131.
Print media coverage included:
Oct. 7, 2003, The Medical Post “Heart disease hospitalization rates vary”
Television broadcast coverage included:
Sept. 26, 2003, Canada AM “Where you live may dictate level of care one gets in hospitals”
Sept. 25, 2003, CTV News “Heart disease putting more Canadians in the hospital”

2005 News Items

2004 News Items