Patient-Driven Cardiac Care

We are a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral network focused on patient-led arrhythmia research discovery, innovation, and engagement.

Millions of Canadians experience irregular heart rhythms, known as arrhythmias.

The Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet) is a pan-Canadian organization. Our members are patients, caregivers, investigators, and healthcare providers. We partner with academic institutions, globally recognized industries, not-for-profit organizations, and federal and provincial government agencies.

These unique relationships combine patient engagement, arrhythmia research, digital health advancements, innovation, and commercialization activities to develop and distribute cutting-edge scientific discoveries and technologies to improve cardiac arrhythmia patients’ lives and create business opportunities.

Scroll down to see highlights, learn about our impacts, and discover more about our network initiatives.

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Meet Tim

CANet Patient Partner Tim Westhaver lives with an inherited heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

Abnormal genes have thickened his heart muscles, interfering with its electrical rhythms and making it more difficult for the organ to pump blood. There are few visible symptoms. The most devastating consequence is sudden cardiac death.

During his lifetime, Tim has lost several of his family members to HCM. His mother died of it when he was six weeks old, his oldest brother passed away as an adult, and two nephews died suddenly.

“Don’t live your life by other people’s standards. Live it by yours.”

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Leading the way in digital health

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Leading the way in digital health

Dr. Anthony Tang envisions a not-so-distant future where sensors, voice recognition, cloud-computing and data analytics are a routine part of our health care experience. “The grand vision is that we can make a diagnosis, follow a patient’s progress and allow management to occur wherever they are,” said Tang. “This is about empowering patients in their own health care.” As the Scientific Director and CEO of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet) housed at Western University, Tang is focused on innovative solutions to help patients manage complex medical conditions.

Collaborating with investigators across the country, CANet is leading the expansion, testing and clinical integration of a digital health platform called VIRTUES (Virtual Integrated Reliable Transformative User-Driven E-health System).

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Our Impact

With our vision of patient-driven care for all Canadians, along with ground-breaking CANet-funded research, we continue to assemble innovative digital health technologies.

Apart from VIRTUES, our patient-centred virtual care platform, several of our successful research programs have a global impact. View some of our recent project highlights below. To learn more about all impacts made by our Network, click here.

EARLY-AF - CANet Impact

EARLY-AF

One of the first programs funded by CANet and the largest clinical trial of its kind, EARLY-AF, found that there was a significantly lower rate of atrial fibrillation recurrence with catheter cryoballoon ablation than with antiarrhythmic drug therapy. The results of this study have recently been published in the New England Journal of Medicine with numerous invited presentations at national/international conferences.

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Sheldon Cheskes — CANet Investigator with an AED Drone

AED Drone Delivery

CANet reported the first-ever test flights of drone-delivered AEDs in Canada in simulated mock 9-1-1 responses. The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest decrease by 7 to 10 % for every minute over 10 minutes. This novel, innovative delivery system has significantly reduced the time to AED arrival at the scene of a cardiac arrest from 20 minutes to 10.6 minutes in rural regions.

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Canadian Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network Registry — CANet Funded Project

C-SCAN

CANet-funded C-SCAN successfully advocated for a mandatory AED registry in Ontario and helped draft legislation to create a mandatory Provincial AED registry, Bill 141 Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020. This legislation received royal assent in June 2020.

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Our Partners

We are proud to be affiliated and partnered with hospitals and academic institutions across Canada. To view a complete list of all of our partners, click here.

Hospitals

Academic Institutions

  • Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)/Unversite de Montreal
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke
  • Centre Universitaire de sante McGill
  • CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Center
  • CRIUCPQ/Universite Laval
  • Eastern Health
  • Hamilton Health Sciences Center/McMaster University
  • Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal
  • Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec
  • Kingston General Hospital/Queen’s University
  • London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)
  • Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta/University of Calgary
  • London Health Research Institute Corporation/Lawson
  • Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
  • Montfort Hospital
  • New Brunswick Heart Centre
  • North York General
  • Northwest Region PreHospital Care Program
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Providence Health Care
  • QEII HSC/Dalhousie University
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital
  • Regina General Hospital
  • Robarts Research
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital/University of Alberta
  • Royal Columbian Hospital
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital/University of Victoria
  • Royal University Hospital
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • St. Boniface Hospital/University of Manitoba
  • St. John’s Health Science Centre
  • St. Justine Hospital
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • The Ottawa Hospital
  • Trillium Health Care
  • UHN
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
  • Victoria General Hospital
  • Windsor Cardiac Centre
  • Carelton University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Governors of the University of Calgary
  • McMaster University
  • Memorial University
  • Queen’s University
  • The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
  • The Governors of the University of Alberta
  • The Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning / McGill University
  • UBC VGH Division of Cardiology
  • Université Laval
  • University Health Network
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Sherbrooke
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University

Our Partners

We are proud to be affiliated and partnered with hospitals and academic institutions across Canada. To view a complete list of all of our partners, click here.

Hospitals

  • Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)/Unversite de Montreal
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke
  • Centre Universitaire de sante McGill
  • CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Center
  • CRIUCPQ/Universite Laval
  • Eastern Health
  • Hamilton Health Sciences Center/McMaster University
  • Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal
  • Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec
  • Kingston General Hospital/Queen’s University
  • London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)
  • Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta/University of Calgary
  • London Health Research Institute Corporation/Lawson
  • Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
  • Montfort Hospital
  • New Brunswick Heart Centre
  • North York General
  • Northwest Region PreHospital Care Program
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Providence Health Care
  • QEII HSC/Dalhousie University
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital
  • Regina General Hospital
  • Robarts Research
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital/University of Alberta
  • Royal Columbian Hospital
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital/University of Victoria
  • Royal University Hospital
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • St. Boniface Hospital/University of Manitoba
  • St. John’s Health Science Centre
  • St. Justine Hospital
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • The Ottawa Hospital
  • Trillium Health Care
  • UHN
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
  • Victoria General Hospital
  • Windsor Cardiac Centre

Academic Institutions

  • Carelton University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Governors of the University of Calgary
  • McMaster University
  • Memorial University
  • Queen’s University
  • The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
  • The Governors of the University of Alberta
  • The Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning / McGill University
  • UBC VGH Division of Cardiology
  • Université Laval
  • University Health Network
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Sherbrooke
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University

CANet has been federally funded in part by Canada’s flagship science and technology program, Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) of Canada. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is the proud partner host of our network.

Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada — CANet Partner

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry — CANet Partner

Western University — CANet Partner