New early detection methods can mean significantly improved outcomes for patients. Our researchers are at the forefront of this ground-breaking work.

Did you know?

Cardiovascular disease costs the Canadian economy more than $20.9 Billion every year.

Heart disease has an enormous financial cost. 1


29% of all deaths in Canada are from heart disease

It is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, claiming more than 33,600 lives per year.

People who are physically inactive have twice the risk of having heart disease and a stroke.

Unfortunately more than half of Canadians report being inactive.

How our research is detecting heart disease

Early detection giving new hope

Our Clinical Research Group has developed a new early detection method for pulmonary vascular disease – or high blood pressure in the lungs – a severe condition affecting young adults.

4-dimensional flow magnetic resonance imaging

Heart failure is generally only clinically apparent once the disease process is advanced, leaving the clinician with limited treatment options. The Cardiac Imaging Group is developing 4-dimensional flow magnetic resonance imaging (4D-flow MRI), technology that is set to revolutionise not just cardiac imaging, but the daily practice of cardiology.


1 NHS, 2014
2 British Heart Foundation Statistics, Updated August 2015