This Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA) ATLAS Chapter 9 webinar will summarize future directions and the actions needed to achieve sex- and gender- equity for women’s cardiovascular health to correct the glaring “unders” of cardiovascular disease for women in Canada: under-awareness, under-diagnosis, under-treatment, under-researched, and under-supported.
The CWHHA ATLAS is a collection of chapters published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology Open, accompanied by detailed infographics, that report on the current state of cardiovascular disease in women. The goal of the ATLAS is to help clinicians recognize the unique aspects of women’s heart health care and provide policy-makers with the information they need to ensure equitable care for women with cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of premature death in women in Canada.
The diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in women presenting to the emergency department can be complex and challenging. Through the perspective of a person with lived experience with cardiovascular disease and a case study, this webinar will review the management, knowledge and treatment gaps, symptoms, unique risk factors and pathophysiology of women who present to the emergency department with chest discomfort.
Lisa Comber, KTPC, BA
Manager, Canadian Women's Heart Health Alliance
Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre
Ottawa, ON | @comberlisa
Person with Lived Experience
Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Advocacy
Middle Lehave, NS | @NicoleNickers11
Shahin Jaffer, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Division of Community General Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Consultant
Varinder Randhawa, MD, PhD
Clinical & Research Fellow, Critical Care & Heart Failure Transplant Cardiology
University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
February 13, 2023
What barriers exist in women’s cardiovascular health and how can we overcome them? Our expert panel of patients and healthcare providers will discuss some of the barriers, enablers and solutions around access, diagnosis, treatment and care for women’s cardiovascular health in Canada.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to describe what heart disease is and how heart disease is different in women, including signs and symptoms, list the risks for heart disease in women, provide examples of how you can take heart health action as well as describe tips for talking with your health care provider about your heart health.
Learn more about women’s heart health! This was a live-streamed Q&A event to enable a conversation with experts in women’s heart & brain health. Held online and in person in Vancouver, British Columbia.
► Dreaming Big
Madison Mailey, Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist, Women's 8 | Vancouver, BC
► My Heart Story and How Youth Can Take Part
Kiara Herrera, Youth Advocate | Port Coquitlam, BC
► Gymnastics and Women’s Heart Health: Making Exercise Fun at an Early Age
Balance Competitive Gymnastics Team | West Vancouver, BC
► Interview with Elite Runner, Erin Poirier
Erin Poirier | Halifax, NS and Amy Johnston | Ottawa, ON
► Adaptive Sports: The Importance of Moving
André-anne Sabourin, Adaptive Sit Skier and Amy Johnston | Ottawa, ON
► Tips When Speaking with a Healthcare Provider
Denise Johnston, Patient Advocate | Vancouver, BC
► Tips to Finding a Primary Care Provider
Dr. Najah Adreak, UBC | Vancouver, BC
► Self-Compassion in our Women participants at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
Dr. Shaelyn Strachan and Brittany Semenchuck, University of Manitoba | Winnipeg, MB
► Primary Prevention: Benefits and Recommendations of Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Health and Tips to Increase Motivation
Malaïka Saint-Victor and Nour Saadawi, Women’s Healthy Heart Initiative | Montreal, QC.
► Secondary Prevention and Physical Activity: The Benefits of Exercise Following a Heart Attack (French spoken, English subtitles)
Dr. Christine Pacheco, Hôpital Pierre-Boucher and University of Montreal Health Centre, Dr. Vee-Van Le and Amélie Bréard, University of Montreal Health Centre | Montreal, QC
► Sit and Stand Exercise Demo
Robin Pohl, Halton Healthcare - Milton District Hospital | Burlington, ON
► Grocery Store Tour - Shopping for Heart Healthy Food Options
Angela Dufour, Olympic Performance Dietician | Halifax, NS
► Chop and Chat with Chef Andy
Chef Andy Haye, East Coast Kitchen | Halifax, NS