In Canada someone dies from heart disease every seven minutes. In 2012/13, cardiovascular disease accounted for 28% of all deaths in Manitoba. We are here to change those statistics.
As Manitoba's only tertiary-level cardiac patient care provider, the WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program aims to deliver the highest quality of care and treatment for heart disease and heart-related issues to patients from across the province as well as Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut.
Working to improve the health and quality of life for those affected by heart disease, the WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program integrates and delivers comprehensive care through advanced cardiology, cardiac surgery, cardiac anesthesia, cardiac intensive care and cardiac rehabilitation all under one coordinated infrastructure.
The majority of the Program's cardiac services are centralized at St. Boniface Hospital, which enhances the co-ordination of cardiac care delivery and facilitates a multi-disciplinary, highly collaborative approach. Some cardiology and diagnostic services are provided at the Health Sciences Centre and other WRHA hospitals. Cardiac rehabilitation is provided at the Reh-Fit Centre and Seven Oaks Wellness Institute in the city, and rehabilitation programs are offered in some other regional health authorities.
With a vision to becoming a world class heart institute, the WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program also undertakes a wide range of cardiac research into all aspects of heart disease - prevention, care, early detection and treatment.
To improve the cardiac health of Manitobans by providing the highest standard of patient-centred care, education and research.
To be recognized locally, nationally and internationally for clinical and academic excellence in cardiac care.
Caring, Excellence, Innovation, Collaboration, Respect, Accountability
Cardiac Sciences Program Staff
Over 600 health care providers, including:
- Administrative and research personnel
- Cardiac Anesthetists, Cardiac Intensivists, Cardiac Surgeons and Cardiologists
- Cardiac Sonographers
- Cardiology Technologists
- Cardiovascular Perfusionists
- Clinical Assistants and Physician Assistants
- Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses
- Support staff, including clerks, assistants, aides, transcriptionists, and secretaries
Vital to the care of cardiac patients are Allied Health team members such as physiotherapists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers, occupational therapists, pharmacists and chaplains.
Other partner organizations that provide invaluable service to cardiac patients: Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba (education), Reh-Fit Centre (cardiac rehabilitation), Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital (cardiac rehabilitation).
- 2003: Koshal Report provided recommendations to improve and integrate cardiac care in Manitoba
- 2004: WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program established
- 2006: Bergen Cardiac Care Centre at St. Boniface Hospital opened, serving cardiology patients
- 2006: Post-transplant services initiated at SBH for patients who receive heart transplants out-of-province
- 2007: WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program consolidated at St. Boniface Hospital
- 2008: Code STEMI protocol initiated
- 2008: Use of mechanical circulatory support devices for heart failure patients began
- 2011: I.H. Asper Institute at St. Boniface Hospital opened, serving cardiac surgery patients
- 2012: "Structural program" established (procedure group to repair structural heart defects using less invasive procedures than open heart surgery)