It is also one of the leading causes of death in Canada, claiming more than 33,600 lives per year.
Almost 14,000 Canadians die each year as the result of a heart attack.
Mortality rates have declined by more than 75 per cent.
While treatments for arterial blockages have previously been very limited, new stem cell research by our Cell Therapeutics Group is demonstrating that it’s actually possible for the body to grow new blood vessels. Not only that, these blood vessels can substantially increase blood flow.
Scientists in our Thrombosis Group has discovered a potential way to improve the world's only stroke drug, a breakthrough which may better protect stroke sufferers from brain injury.
Scientists in our Immunobiology and Translational Research and Bioengineering Groups are working together to develop the world’s first stent coating technology using a biomimicry approach that fools the body so that it integrates with the foreign stent.
1 British Heart Foundation, Cardiovascular Disease Statistics UK Factsheet, Updated August 2015.