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SportsCardiologyBC Physician Engagement Initiative!

Spearheaded by Medical Lead Dr. Saul Isserow, SportsCardiologyBC built a successful proposal to undertake a physician engagement initiative at UBC Hospital aimed at improving collaboration between physicians from the spread out Vancouver sites of UBC, St. Paul's, Women and Children's, VGH and GF Strong. The program will include 'spin' cycling classes twice/week within the SCBC's [...]

By |June 20th, 2017|News|0 Comments

The Paradox of the Morning Run: The influence of Circadian Rhythm on Cardiovascular Health and Exercise

By Aliza Hirsch,   Biological processes that follow a 24-hour cycle are defined as circadian [1] . Specifically in relation to cardiovascular health, previous research has reported a pattern between greater incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD), which is unexpected death due to loss of heart function, myocardial infarction (MI), also known as a heart [...]

By |June 19th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Cardiovascular Disease and Mental Health

By Kenzie MacDonald,   According to Dr. Hans Selye, the ‘Father’ of stress research, stress is a nonspecific reaction of the body to any demand upon it1. Stress can be a positive or beneficial response that facilitates adaptation and stimulates development2. Positive stress is often perceived to be within our coping abilities, short-lived, stimulates motivation [...]

By |May 4th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

New SCBC Research – “HRE Study” – NOW RECRUITING!!

In healthy individuals, systolic blood pressure (BP) increases in a stepwise manner with increasing exercise intensity. The increased systolic BP during exercise is largely due to increased cardiac output, which is generated to meet the increased demand for oxygenated blood in active muscular beds. However, some individuals present with abnormally exaggerated rise in systolic BP [...]

By |April 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments

New SCBC Research – “Time of Day Study” – NOW RECRUITING!!

There is no disputing the tremendous benefits of exercise, however is there a safest time of day to exercise? As seen in publicly reported events such as marathons and professional sports, there is paradoxically a slight increased risk of myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death (SCD) during vigorous activity. Biological processes in living organisms that [...]

By |April 18th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Cardiovascular System 101

By Andrew Golin,   Simply put, the cardiovascular system is a set of connected tubes with varying sizes that circulate blood around the body. Physiological systems can be classified as open or closed. Systems where substances can easily enter or exit, such as the digestive tract, are referred to as open. Conversely, blood is unable [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Oh Cholesterol, what do you do?

By Andrew Golin,   The terms “good cholesterol” and “bad cholesterol” are used repeatedly to describe high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL) respectively. But what are HDL or LDL? What actually is cholesterol and why do we need it? In order to understand what HDL and LDL are and why they are regarded as [...]

By |March 16th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Where are the Women? The Gap in Cardiovascular Disease Research

By Kenzie MacDonald Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in women, currently accounting for approximately one-third of deaths in women globally1. Since 1984, the annual CVD mortality rate in women has exceeded that of men, highlighting the particularly lethal nature of CVD in women2. Despite unanimous support of these facts, in many [...]

By |March 9th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Background: Coronary Artery Calcification

By Andrew Golin, The largest artery in the body, the aorta, carries oxygenated blood to all parts of the body via the circulatory system. The coronary arteries branch off from the aorta and supply oxygenated blood to heart tissue. It is thus critically important that the coronary arteries remain healthy in order for the heart [...]

By |February 6th, 2017|Article|0 Comments

Prescription Drugs

By Andrew Golin,   Prescription medications accounted for almost 14% ($29 billions) of Canada’s annual health care costs in 2013; the second costliest component in health care1. The Canadian Health Measures Survey was launched in 2007 and has collected valuable data on prescription drugs. From 2007 to 2011, 40.5% of the population aged 6 to [...]

By |January 11th, 2017|Article|0 Comments