Our team is diverse, coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, research specialties, and experience. It includes 24 researchers and clinician scientists from the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, the University of Alberta (U of A) and the University of Calgary (U of C). Our team members represent 4 faculties (Medicine, Nursing, Rehabilitation Medicine, Engineering) and 5 heart failure clinics. Team members are leaders or emerging leaders in the area of heart failure research and have published over 1,400 extensively cited papers. A large proportion of our team members also have prestigious provincial, national and/or international administrative roles.
One-year mortality rates for heart failure remain high (25-40%).
22% of hospitalizations in Alberta for heart failure occur in rural hospitals.
500,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with heart failure.
Heart failure is at epidemic levels in most developed countries.
80,000 Albertans have been diagnosed with heart failure.
Diastolic heart failure occurs when the heart fails to relax properly between heartbeats.
Systolic heart failure occurs when the heart does not contract properly.
Heart failure is a progressive condition where the heart weakens and cannot pump blood efficiently for the needs of the body.