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Cardiovascular Health (ICVHealth)

Cardiovascular health outcomes research seeks to understand the impact of health care practices and interventions on patient outcomes.

Cardiovascular health outcomes include changes in functional capacity and overall quality of life, as well as mortality. By linking the care people receive to the outcomes they experience, health outcomes research identifies opportunities to improve the quality of care provided to patients with cardiovascular disease.

Program Head: Dr. Karin Humphries

As part of B.C.’s growing capacity to conduct high-quality research related to cardiovascular disease, the Cardiovascular Health Program (ICVHealth) at CHÉOS aims not only to create new knowledge, but also to work closely with policy makers, clinical leaders, and patient partners to facilitate the application of new knowledge to change practice and improve health.

The Cardiovascular Health Program (ICVHealth), formerly known as the BC Centre for Improved Cardiovascular Health, was created to understand and improve the cardiovascular health of British Columbians through the generation and application of high-quality outcomes evidence. With core competencies in the linkage of clinical and administrative data, the development and utilization of cutting-edge evaluation methods, and the use of technology to support shared-decision making between patients and providers, the ICVHealth team works collaboratively to bring about evidence for change in the heart of Vancouver.

Additionally, ICVHealth has been particularly responsive to the demand for personalized medicine — the idea that health management and treatment decision-making should be based on an individual’s unique personal characteristics and desired outcomes. This concept is the driving force behind numerous grant-funded studies and will continue to play a key role in the program’s future undertakings. More information about ICVHealth is available here.

The primary research & methodology areas ICVHealth undertakes are:

Sex Differences and Outcomes

  • Optimizing the Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction/Injury in Women (CODE-MI) (link)
  • Sex Differences in Cardiac Troponin Testing in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Chest Pain (PubMed Link)

Personalized Medicine and Shared Decision-Making (SDM)

  • Coronary Revascularization: A Tool for Evidence-Based, Individualized, Shared Decision-Making (CR-Decide) (link)

Clinical Trials

  • Optimizing the Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction/Injury in Women (CODE-MI) (link)
  • Safety and Feasibility of Early Discharge Using the Portico Self-Expanding Prosthesis for Transfemoral Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: The SAFE TAVR Study (link)
  • The Multidisciplinary, Multimodality, but Minimalist (3M) Approach to Transfemoral Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Study (link)

Moving Knowledge into Practice

  • Treatment of Patients with Diabetes (Type I & II) with Coronary Artery Disease in British Columbia: An Outcomes Analysis of the Past, Present and Future (FREEDOM Real World) (link)
  • HeartHub.ca– an online information resource for patients, by patients

Health research in the heart of Vancouver