The Cardiovascular and Stroke Program leads the delivery, development and implementation of services to prevent, screen, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate patients with a broad spectrum of vascular diseases. Specialty areas include:
  • Cardiac care, including the development of Cardiac Surgical and Advanced Rhythm Management programs
  • Stroke and Neurology care, including the development of a Neuro-Interventional Program
  • Vascular care, including the development of vascular surgical and interventional programs
  • Renal vascular access support
  • Ensuring safe, effective transport medicine care, in collaboration with EMS providers

Toward a Comprehensive Cardiovascular Surgical Program

Under the Strategic Direction of Comprehensive Clinical Services, a key goal has been the development and implementation of a cardiovascular service that includes vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, interventional radiology and rhythm management and we continue to progress steadily toward the creation of a comprehensive Cardiovascular Surgical Program. A proposal was submitted to the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for Vascular and Cardiac surgery, Rhythm Management and Neuro interventions. In order to understand both the challenges our regional partners experience and what our team could provide to improve regional patient care, we continue to build relationships with care providers in the region through team outreach visits and site meetings in facilities in Red Lake, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout. Sioux Lookout is of special interest as a major care provider to Indigenous patients and families as a model to help our team design the cardiovascular program expansion with insight and sensitivity.

Patient Outcomes

  • Offered the first of what will be ongoing Vascular Outpatient Clinics as part of the development of a Comprehensive Cardiovascular Surgical Program at TBRHSC, which allows Northwestern Ontario patients to receive vascular care close to home;
  • Cardiovascular in-patients are benefiting from the development of the Infective Endocarditis (IE) Pathway* and automated post-discharge follow-up calls for all angioplasty patients;
  • In collaboration with Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, participating in an exciting research project involving a new type of coronary stent designed to reduce adverse effects;
  • Collaborating with the Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services to improve rapid treatment for emergency stroke cases.
*A clinical pathway is a care guideline used to describe and implement clinical standards. They help to provide quality and efficient patient care.