For the past ten years, while we have quietly developed one of Canada’s finest heart centres, we have literally saved the lives of thousands of people. All with help from donors like you.
Today, we stand at the edge of renewal and we need your help. After ten years, we are growing our program and the services we provide to our patients. At the same time, technology has allowed for incredible advances in the detection and treatment of heart disease; technology that ensures our patients have access to the best cardiac care anywhere.
Here are our next steps:
Cardiac Catheterization Camera
At the forefront of our cardiac program is our top-ranked cardiac catheterization and angioplasty program. In our labs, we diagnose heart disease and repair blocked arteries using stents. Last year, we performed over 3,500 of these procedures.
The first camera we purchased in 2001 is nearing the end of its life-cycle and must be replaced by 2013. This imminent need leads Phase 2 of the Cardiac Renewal Project.
In 1999, we upgraded our CT (computed tomography) scanner as we set out to increase our overall diagnostic capabilities here at St. Mary’s. Like our cardiac catheterization camera, our current CT technology is reaching the end of its life cycle and will require replacement by 2013 (Phase 3, Cardiac Renewal Project).
When we replace this technology, we plan to upgrade our capacity to offer cardiac CT scans. While early in its adoption, CT technology appears particularly well suited to ruling out cardiac disease in patients because of its rapid and multi-slice viewing capability.