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

National trends in cardiovascular care in Canada

CCORT researchers conducted a series of projects to measure and improve access to quality cardiac care in Canada, including the production of a 3 article series on national trends in cardiovascular care, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. An overview of each of the 3 papers and links to associated media coverage follow.

The first paper in the series, by Dr. Tu et al., is about rates of death and hospital admissions in Canada (1994-2004) and was published June 23, 2009. A copy of the paper, accompanying commentary and a power point presentation with additional details about the paper can be found at the links provided below.

Tu JV, Nardi L, Fang J, Liu J, Khalid L, Johansen H, for the Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team. National trends in rates of death and hospital admissions related to acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke, 1994-2004. CMAJ 2009; 180(13):E118-E125.

Full Text (PDF) Commentary (PDF) Power Point Slides

The second paper, by Dr. Jackevicius et al., is about cardiovascular drug expenditures in Canada (1996-2006) and was published July 7, 2009. A copy of the paper, accompanying commentary and a power point presentation with additional details about the paper can be found at the links provided below.

Jackevicius CA, Cox JL, Carreon D, Tu JV, Rinfret S, So D, Johansen H, Kalavrouziotis D, Demers V, Humphries K, Pilote L, for the Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team. Long-term trends in use of and expenditures for cardiovascular medications in Canada. CMAJ 2009; 181(1-2):E19-E28.

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The third paper, by Dr. Lee et al., is about trends in risk factors for cardiovascular disease in Canada (1994-2005) and was published July 20, 2009 in an on-line issue of the CMAJ. A copy of the paper, accompanying commentary and a power point presentation with additonal details about the paper can be found at the links provided below.

Lee DS, Chiu M, Manuel DG, Tu K, Wang X, Austin PC, Mattern MY, Mitiku TF, Svenson, LW, Putnam W, Flanagan WM, Tu JV, for the Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team.  Trends in risk factors for cardiovascular disease in Canada:  temporal, socio-demographic and geographic factors.  CMAJ 2009; 181: E55-E66.

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For related media links please see below
 

The Globe and Mail

Spending on heart drugs growing fast, study says
Heart disease now kills more women than men
Victory, but much yet to be done
It’s a heart attack! Or bad gas
 
The Toronto Star
Heart drug costs tripled in a decade, study says
Heart and stroke deaths plummet 30% in 10 years
The shifting path of heart disease
 
CTV News 
Cardiovascular medication costs jumped 200%
Heart disease deaths drop 30 per cent over 10 years
 
The CBC
Canada's heart attack death rates declined rapidly after 1994
 
Canwest
Cardiovascular drug costs triple in decade, study finds
Heart disease hits more women
 
Reuters
Heart disease deaths down significantly in Canada
 
Canadian Press
Spending on heart drugs more than doubles in 10 years, study finds
Heart disease deaths down by 30 per cent, but no time for complacency: study (CP)
 
Global TV