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2004 News Items
A study, led by Christian Vaillancourt, provided an overview of the outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Canada.
CITATION: Cardiac arrest care and emergency medical services in Canada. Can J Cardiol 2004, 20(11):1081-1090

Print media coverage included:
Sept. 24, 2004, Globe and Mail “If you’re going to have a heart attack, go to Edmonton”
Sept. 24, 2004, Ottawa Citizen
Sept. 24, 2004, Ottawa Sun

Television broadcast coverage included:
Sept. 23, 2004, CTV National News “Study links heart attack location, survival rate”
Sept. 23, 2004 CJOH (CTV Ottawa affiliate)
Sept. 23, 2004, The New RO (Ottawa)

Radio broadcast coverage included:
Sept. 23, 2004, CTV Canada AM
Sept. 23, 2004, CJRC-AM 1150 (Gatineau, QC)


A study, led by Douglas Lee, analysed regional outcomes of heart failure in Canada.
CITATION: Regional outcomes of heart failure in Canada. Can J Cardiol May 2004; 20(6): 599-607.
Print media coverage included:
May 12, 2004, The Globe and Mail, “Outlook poor for heart patients in Canada”
May 12, 2004, Hamilton Spectator/Toronto Star “Heart disease burdening hospitals”
May 17, 2004, Times Colonist (opinion piece)
May 26, 2004, Northumberland News (Cobourg, ON)
Television broadcast coverage included:
May 11, 2004, CFTO News


A study, led by Louise Pilote, looked at cardiac procedures after AMI across nine Canadian provinces and found regional variation.
CITATION: Cardiac procedures after acute myocardial infarction across nine Canadian provinces. Can J Cardiol April 15 2004 20(5): 491-500.
Print media coverage included:
May 6, 2004, Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay, Ontario) “Lack of services sting heart attack survival rate
Apr. 26, 2004, The Prince George Citizen “Location makes difference in heart care”
Apr. 23, 2004, Cape Breton Post “Ottawa won’t impose standards for medical waiting times: official”
Apr. 23, 2004, The Recorder and Times (Brockville, Ontario) “Ottawa won’t impose standards for medical waiting times: official”
Apr. 23, 2004, Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) “Ottawa to let provinces decide medical wait times”
Apr. 23, 2004, The Hamilton Spectator “National health-care standard not on the table, official says”
Apr. 23, 2004, The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, NS) “Ottawa won’t impose national health standards, source says”
Apr. 23, 2004, The Leader Post (Regina, Saskatchewan) “Ottawa won’t impose standards for medical waiting times”
Apr. 23, 2004, Barrie Examiner “Standard waiting times rejected by Ottawa”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Globe and Mail “Heart attack care uneven across country, study says”
Apr. 17, 2004, National Post “Heart surgery wait longest in Ontario, N.S.”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Lethbridge Herald “Heart surgery waits shortest in Alberta”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Sault Star “Maritimes, Ontario do less heart surgery, have longer wait”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Nugget (North Bay, ON) “Ontario, Nova Scotia have longest wait times”
Apr. 17, 2004, Winnipeg Free Press “Manitoba lagging in post-heart attack care”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Vancouver Sun “B.C., Alberta provide fastest treatment for heart attacks”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Edmonton Journal “Treatment differences found with in provinces – study”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Standard (St. Catharine’s, ON) “Heart surgery rate for Ontario on par with have-not East”
Apr. 17, 2004, Review (Niagara Falls, ON) “Maritimers Ontarians wait longest for heart surgery”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Guardian (Charlottetown, PEI) “Maritimes has less heart surgery than other regions”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton, NB) “Ontario slips in cardiac care”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Calgary Sun “Alberta tops in prompt treatment”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Examiner (Peterborough) “Ontario, Maritimes do less heart surgery”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Chatham Daily News “Less heart surgery in Ont., Maritimes”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Daily News (Halifax, Nova Scotia) “Ontario, Maritimes have longest waits”
Apr. 17, 2004, Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) “Heart surgery wait times longest in Ont., N.S.”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Calgary Herald “Tops in heart attack survival”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Telegram (St. John’s, Newfoundland) “Maritimes, Ontario do less heart surgery: study”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Leader Post (Regina, Saskatchewan) “It’s better to have heart attack in Alta. or B.C.”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Windsor Star “City heart surgeries take toll”
Apr. 17, 2004, Daily Press (Timmins, Ontario) “Maritimes, Ontario do less heart surgery, have longer wait times”
Apr. 17, 2004, Times-Colonist (Victoria, B.C.) “B.C., Alberta top Canadian list for quick heart-attack treatment”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Medical Post “Alberta, B.C. have shortest waits”
Apr. 17, 2004, Times Journal (St. Thomas, Ontario) “Heart care variable across country”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Daily News (Kamloops, B.C.) “Location determines surgery”
Apr. 17, 2004, Moose Jaw Times-Herald “Wait times for heart surgery longest in Ontario and Nova Scotia”
Apr. 17, 2004, Truro Daily News “Maritimes, Ontario do less heart surgery, have longer wait times: study
Apr. 16, 2004, The Canadian Press “Maritimes, Ontario do less heart surgery, have longer wait times, study finds”
The EFFECT study (Enhanced Feedback for Effective Cardiac Treatment) published its first report entitled “Quality of Cardiac Care in Ontario” and made it available to participating hospitals and the public.
CITATION: Enhanced Feedback for Effective Cardiac Treatment Phase I Report 1, Jan. 2004, CCORT
Study objectives are:
To measure the performance of Ontario hospitals in terms of the quality of cardiac care provided;
To establish Canada’s first clinical benchmarks or gold standards for cardiac care;
To test the effectiveness of report cards in improving the quality of care to patients.
Print media coverage included:
Apr. 26, 2004, Toronto Sun “The No.1 Killer”
Apr. 21, 2004, Parry Sound Beacon Star “West Parry Sound Health Centre Update: The countdown begins!”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Medical Post “Turning the research tide”
Apr. 17, 2004, The Nugget (North Bay, ON) “General Hospital boasts 27-minute door-to-needle time”
Apr. 13, 2004, Tillsonburg Independent News “TDMHH not included in report”
Jan. 31, 2004, Barrie Examiner “Hospitals must be more efficient”
Jan. 31, 2004, L’Acadie Nourvelle (Caraquet, NB) “L’amelioration des soins cardiaques d’urgence pourrait sauver des vies”
Jan. 29, 2004, The Sudbury Star “Hospitals must be more efficient”
Jan. 28, 2004, Kitchener-Waterloo Record “Our health care is getting better”
Jan. 28, 2004, The Daily Observer (Pembroke, ON) “Hospitals must be more efficient”
Jan. 27, 2004, The Expositor (Brantford, ON) “BGH faster in giving crucial drugs to heart attack patients”
Jan. 27, 2004, The Daily Post (Lindsay, ON) “Praise for RMH cardiac care”
Jan. 26, 2004, The Sentinel-Review (Woodstock, ON) “Hospital cardiac care criticized”
Jan. 24, 2004, The Sudbury Star “Study prompts review of heart patient care”
Jan. 24, 2004, The Nugget “Better cardiac care could save up to 400 lives a year, study says”
Jan. 24, 2004, Le Quotidien (Chicoutimi, QC) “L’amelioration des soins d’urgence sauverait des vies”
Jan. 24, 2004, The Recorder and Times (Brockville, ON) “Better cardiac care could save up to 400 lives a years: Study”
Jan. 24, 2004, The London Free Press “Hospital cardiac care criticized a new study says quicker and better care would save lives”
Jan. 24, 2004, The Record (Waterloo Region) “Take heart; Above-average cardiac carer a lifesaver at 2”
Jan. 24, 2004, The Telegram (St. John’s, NL) “Better cardiac care in hospitals could save up to 400 lives a year: study”
Jan. 24, 2004, The Hamilton Spectator “St. Jo’s cardiac care needs jolt, study finds”
Jan. 24, 2004, The Windsor Star “Gold standard for cardiac care: New guidelines may boost survival rate”
Jan. 24, 2004, Winnipeg Free Press “Saving more heart patients”
Jan. 24, 2004, Ottawa Sun “Cardiac study takes heart”
Jan. 24, 2004, The Guardian “Improved cardiac care in Ontario hospitals could save 400 lives every year, states study”
Jan. 24, 2004, Journal-Pioneer (Summerside, PEI) “Up to 400 lives a year could be saved if Ontario hospitals improved cardiac care”
Jan. 24, 2004, Le Devoir (Montreal, QC) “Des choses simples pour sauver des vies”
Jan. 24, 2004, The Standard (St. Catharines, ON) “Improved cardiac care in hospitals could save up to 400 lives: study”
Jan. 24, 2004, The Guelph Mercury “Waterloo Region scores high in cardiac care”
Jan. 24, 2004, Le Nouvelliste (Trois-Rivieres, QC) “L’amelioration des soins pourrait sauver des vies”
Jan. 23, 2004, Canadian Press “Up to 400 lives a year could be saved if Ont. Hospitals improved cardiac care”
Television broadcast coverage included:
Jan. 23, 2004, CTV-TV, CTV-N1, Global, OMNI.2, CP24-TV, CFTO-TV, CFMT-TV, CBLT-TV, CJOH-TV, CKVR-TV, CHCH-TV, CKCO-TV, CKNX-TV, CFRN-TV, CITY-TV, CKAL-TV, CKY-TV
Radio broadcast coverage included:
Jan. 23, 2004, CFTR-AM, CFRB-AM, CHUM-AM, CHUM-FM, CBL-FM, CKBY-FM, CBCS-FM, CIGM-AM, CKOT-FM, CJUK-FM, CJSD-FM, CBQ-FM, CFCA-FM, CKGL-AM, CJQM-FM, CHNS-AM, CHFX-FM,CBH-FM, CKPE-FM, CKEC-AM, CIOC-FM, CKWX-AM, CKWX-AM, CBX-AM, CHED-AM, CHQR-AM
2005 News Items
2003 News Items