Danielle Southern, along with Professors William Ghali and Merril Knudtson, led a team that used APPROACH and CSBC data to compare historical heart surgery and angioplasty wait times with those to be expected more recently. Data, published in the April 2011 edition of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, showed that between 1995 and 2008 wait times for angioplasty in Alberta have fallen almost 60% with same day procedures rates increasing over two and a half fold from 33.9% to 87.3%. Additionally, wait times for a number of heart surgeries have gone down close to 50% in both Alberta and British Columbia. Click image to read the Press Release:
2010 data from the Canadian Institute of Health Information reveal that no major metropolitan centre in Canada has a lower 30-day post heart attack mortality rate than the City of Calgary. In fact, a review of past reports show that Calgary has been the best place in Canada to have a heart attack over the last decade!