As a result of a team grant from Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) investigators from across the province will endeavor to investigate diastolic heart failure. The cross-functional team is being co-led by the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta‘s Dr. Todd Anderson and Dr. Jason Dyck from the University of Alberta.
AIHS issued a press release on March 8th launching the research with a call for patients. Excerpt:
Alberta HEART, supported by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (funded by the AHFMR Endowment Fund), is inviting Albertans with heart failure to participate in clinical research that seeks to better understand diastolic heart failure – a condition in which the heart fails to relax properly between heartbeats. <snip>
“Heart failure is the leading cause of admission to hospital in Canada,” says Dr. Todd Anderson, Alberta HEART co-leader, and professor of medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. “As cardiologists, we are good at diagnosing and treating heart failure when it’s caused by the squeezing action of the heart. We aren’t as familiar with heart failure caused by the relaxing action of the heart – something we need to rectify because half of the people we treat for heart failure have diastolic heart failure.”
Full press release and see a 3.5 minute video featuring the co-leads – link
Various media outlets also covered the story, including the Calgary Herald. Excerpt:
Dr. Todd Anderson, Alberta Heart co-leader and professor of medicine at the University of Calgary, said cardiologists are more adept at diagnosing heart failure when it’s caused by the squeezing of the heart — called systolic heart failure.
Diastolic heart failure occurs when the heart fails to relax properly between beats, so it doesn’t fill up with the proper amount of blood to supply the body.
Full Calgary Herald article – link