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Cardiology

A doctor checking a patient's heartbeat with a stethoscope

Service updates for appointments at WCH

  • If you have an upcoming in person appointment at Women’s College Hospital and you have a fever, cough, or new onset of shortness of breath, have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, tested positive for COVID-19, or been instructed to self-isolate by Public Health please do not come to the hospital, call the clinic directly for more information.
  • The hospital is open only to patients with appointments, please see our care partner & visitor restrictions information.
  • Your appointment may be changed to a virtual visit using the telephone or over video. Learn how to set-up a video visit.
  • You will receive a call from us with any changes to your appointment.

Cardiology is an area of medicine that deals with diagnosis and treatment of problems with the heart and blood vessels.

The Women’s College Hospital Cardiology clinic is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and offers specialized care in general cardiology and cardiac diagnostic testing. 

Our team, made up of physicians, nurses, sonographers, electrocardiogram technicians, pharmacists and administrative staff, is committed to providing high quality diagnostic testing and patient-centred care in a safe, caring environment. Through teamwork and the use of the latest innovations and technologies, we aspire to revolutionize healthcare for you and your family. 

In addition to a general cardiology clinic and diagnostic testing, we also specialize in women’s heart health and offer programs and education to address the specific needs of women with cardiac concerns. 

Cardiology Clinic and Diagnostic Lab

All patients require a referral for an appointment or diagnostic test. Please speak to your family doctor to help make this referral. 

To request a consult with one of our cardiologist’s please fax referrals (.pdf) to (416) 323 - 6304. With your referral please include any relevant clinical notes and test results.

To order a diagnostic test to be done in our lab, please fax lab requisition (.pdf) to (416) 323 - 6147. More information about our diagnostic lab can be found here.

  • What to expect for your first appointment in clinic:

    For your safety and health, your first visit will most likely be virtual. We provide consults either by phone or video and you can choose which option would work best for you.  If you want to do a video visit, we will ask that you sign up for myHealthRecord  before the appointment. There is information on our website about how to sign up and then a team member will reach out to you to help arrange a video visit.

    Sometimes it may be necessary for you to come in-person for your appointment and our team can help arrange that. If you require an essential caregiver to accompany you please let us know prior to the visit. Please see our visitor restrictions and screening protocols.

    For either a virtual or an in-person appointment please have the following easily available during your visit: 

    • A list of your current medications (can also bring pill bottles or blister pack)
    • Questions to ask
    • Names of clinicians you want updated on the outcome of your visit

    After your appointment:

    We invite you to sign up for myHealthRecord. myHealthRecord is Women’s College Hospital’s online patient medical record that gives you access to your health information online at any time, from anywhere.

    • Access to recent diagnostic tests and blood work
    • Ability to message your healthcare team with non-urgent questions
    • You can update your medications and health information
    • An After Visit summary of your visit with the doctor will be available for review after your visit.  

    Become an active participant in your own healthcare by registering for myHealthRecord today. Instructions for registration located on our website

  • Meet the Team

    Physicians 

    • Dr. Paula Harvey
    • Dr. Sacha Bhatia
    • Dr. Leonard Sternberg
    • Dr. Shadi Akhtari
    • Dr. Jacob Udell
    • Dr. Husam Abdel-Qadir
    • Dr. Soohun Chun
    • Dr. Abdul Elzawi 
    • Dr. Robert Wolfe

    Fellows

    • Dr. Parisa Hajimirzarahim
    • Dr. Tosin Osuntokun

    Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

    • Holly Rector
    • Jennifer Price

    Pharmacy

    • Ida Famiyeh

    We also have a team of highly skilled sonographers, Electrocardiogram Technicians and Administrative Staff who work closely with our physicians and nurses to provide you the highest quality care.

  • Patient Resources

    An excellent resource for many questions or concerns you may have about your heart and heart health can be located at Canada Heart and Stroke Foundation. We have also provided some specific resources for different cardiac diagnoses below. 

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to your health care provider or a member of our team with any questions about your heart health. 

    Find COVID 19 resources for those with heart conditions here.

    Coronary heart disease and heart attacks:

    Irregular or Abnormal Heart Rhythms:

    Heart failure:

    High blood pressure (also called Hypertension): 

    Elevated Cholesterol:

    Dysautonomia and POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome):

    Problems with Heart Valves (also known as Valvular Disease) (heart murmurs):

    Congenital heart disease (heart defects you are born with):

    Cardiac risk and inflammatory joint disease:

    Cardio-oncology:

  • Updates on Cardiology Department Programs and Research

    Dr. Lihi Eder and Dr. Paula HarveyCardio-rheumatology clinical and research program is the first of its kind in Canada. Established in 2017, the collaborative clinical program led by Dr. Paula Harvey (Cardiology) and Dr. Lihi Eder (Rheumatology) focuses on evaluating patients with inflammatory rheumatological disorders who are at risk for accelerated and premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease while also providing expertise on cardiovascular complications of the primary disorder and related treatments. The global aim of the program is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases in patients with inflammatory rheumatic conditions through improved clinical care, research and education. We have established a primary prevention clinic for patients with rheumatic disease which uses advanced imaging and laboratory markers to improve the detection of high-risk patients and improve the control of their cardiovascular risk factors. The first Cardio-Rheumatology

    Scientific Day was held on September 14, 2018 and a second was held on September 13, 2019.

    Dr. Hasam Abdel-QadirCardio-oncology program with a focus on long-term cardiovascular outcomes in women after treatment for cancer is currently being developed by Dr. Husam Abdel-Qadir, a new recruit within the division of cardiology.

     

     

    Jacob Udelloutcomes research program led by Dr. Jay Udell was established to improve the lives of women and men with or at risk of cardiovascular disease. The group has expertise in large public-private multicenter randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and population-based health care database studies involving innovative ways to prevent cardiovascular illness, promote wellness, and improve knowledge implementation. Our particular expertise is in the conduct of pragmatic/streamlined cardiovascular outcome trials nested within national and regional sources of routinely collected health data and registries. The goal of this approach is to perform more cost-effective and less complicated trials investigating late-phase drug development, new strategies of care, or better ways of disseminating best practices (with the goal of saving patient and payer drug costs and expenditures), including in the ambulatory setting. 

    This past year, they have completed  ISCHEMIA (NIH funded) and PARAGON-HF trials. Those are now published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  They are continuing to participate and provide leadership in INVESTED (NIH funded), CHOICES (CIHR funded) and SCORED trials at this time. Over the next year, they are looking forward to starting up participation in VESALIUS-CV, FINEARTS, and EMPACT-MI. 

    Hypertension and dysautonomia clinic: This clinic led by Dr. Paula Harvey has expanded to include disorders beyond complex hypertension that include Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome (POTS), Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (IST) and orthostatic hypotension. Dr. Paula Harvey currently serves on the Hypertension Canada Congress Redesign Task Force, Hypertension Canada Congress Scientific Planning Committee, the Canadian Cardiovascular

    Society POTS Guidelines Committee and the Heart and Stroke Foundation Women’s Heart and Brain Health Research Steering Committee. She is a member of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance and Research Network.

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