Statement from Dr. Brian H. Rowe: Heart Health Month

February 1, 2017

February marks Heart Health Month, a time to reflect and raise awareness about the significant health and social impacts of cardiovascular disease. Currently, nine in ten Canadians could potentially develop heart disease. CIHR-ICRH's support of Canadian researchers, in collaboration with partners, has led to new breakthroughs that save lives and improve the quality of life for patients who suffer from cardiovascular diseases.

Take a look at the work being conducted by some of Canada's leading cardiovascular researchers:

CIHR and ICRH support novel and transformative interdisciplinary research for cardiovascular communities by funding research networks. These networks support new ideas and ground-breaking research by providing a platform for collaboration among key research stakeholders. Dr. Anthony Tang, Scientific Director and CEO of the Canadian Arrhythmia Network (CANet), epitomises the collaborative focus required to realize success from such joint-initiatives. Working closely with the biotech industry, Dr. Tang and his CANet colleagues are hard at work examining innovative, safe and effective treatments to prevent sudden cardiac death.

We also acknowledge the importance of moving research findings into action. During his tenure as Heart and Stroke Foundation-CIHR Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control, Dr. Norman Campbell has provided a decade of leadership on heart disease prevention. Aimed at influencing Canadian policymakers, Dr. Campbell's work to highlight and communicate sodium's impact on heart health, has contributed to the development of a Canada-wide sodium reduction strategy. This has provided Canadians with more knowledge to prevent heart disease, and make Canada a healthier place to call home. As Dr. Campbell moves on from his current Chair position, we wish him great continued success and look forward to welcoming a new Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control.

Finally, as part of Heart Health Month, it is with great pride that I acknowledge Dr. Jean Rouleau for his leadership within the cardiovascular community.  As a cardiologist, educator, world-class researcher and former Scientific Director of CIHR-ICRH (2010- 2015), Dr. Rouleau has demonstrated true commitment to improving the heart health of Canadians. Because of these efforts he was recently recognized by the Governor General of Canada as a recipient of the Order of Canada.  

This Heart Health Month, I would like to encourage you to take charge of your heart health. Take a moment to reflect on your health choices: are you doing all that you can to reduce the potential burden of heart disease for yourself – as well as your loved-ones? Knowledge, skills and tools are available to better manage heart health, so please take a moment to learn one new action to reduce your risk for heart disease and encourage others to do the same.

Dr. Brian H. Rowe

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