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Strategic Research Grant
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is what happens when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating and blood flow to the brain and vital organs is restricted. Some SCDs are caused by heart arrhythmias, heart disease and electrical arrhythmias, but not all. SCDs can also be due to other causes such as trauma, drug overdoses or diseases...
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We recently completed the largest syncope study with 4,030 patients and derived the Canadian Syncope Risk Score (CSRS) to predict the possibility of serious outcomes, including arrhythmia, within 30-days of emergency discharge. The total scores range from -3 to +11; higher scores indicating greater risk. We will be completing CSRS validation by February 2017. For...
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CASMER will provide a better and seamless alternative to emergency department assessment for patients with syncope who are at low risk of adverse outcomes. We will create digital resources to provide reliable information to patients, train EMS to risk stratify patients out of hospital, and then offer an outpatient “syncope haven”. It should reduce the...
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Syncope is a transient loss of conscious, characterized by rapid onset, short duration and spontaneous recovery, due to low blood flow to the brain. It is a common condition and may be the final presentation for a variety of medical conditions ranging from benign to life threatening. Determining the cause of syncope can often be...
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People who have had a heart attack may be at high risk of dying suddenly from cardiac arrest, even after they receive good treatment for their heart attack. One way to estimate this risk is to measure how strong a patient’s heart pumps with an ultrasound test known as an “echo”. The more severe the...
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Acute atrial fibrillation (AAF) episodes are characterized by very rapid heart rates which have been present <48 hours and are highly symptomatic, disabling most patients.It is the most common type of palpitation treated in the Emergency Department (ED). Some Canadian hospitals are able to discharge 95% of AAF patients seen and treated in the ED...
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