McGill Centre for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

The MUHC’s strategy for assessing heart disease is radically different than the conventional model used today. Our Benefit Model and new technologies such as apoB testing are leading the way globally in changing the prevention paradigm for cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Allan Sniderman

MUHC Cardiologist

The Challenge

Every seven minutes, a Canadian dies from heart disease, making it the most common cause of death in our country. 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor associated with the disease and more than 350,000 Canadians are hospitalized for heart disease each year.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) can have a significant physical, emotional and financial impact on patients and their families including: serious disability, the development of anxiety or depression and potential loss of income as a result of an illness. Better efforts related to prevention need to be made before the disease claims the life of another father, mother, daughter, or brother and sister.

Currently, the conventional model of cardiovascular prevention is based on treating those who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. The model targets those who have already suffered a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke or those who are at high risk of a cardiovascular event within the next 10 years. These programs are effective but they are limited in what they can accomplish because, too often, they start too late.

The Solution

muhc-foundation-dr-allan-sniderman-mcgill-centre-prevention-cardiovascular-disease-200x300The MUHC bases its CVD assessment on benefit and not just risk. The hospital has implemented the Benefit Model among its clinical practice, which incorporates and extends the traditional “risk model” by treating younger people who have a greater opportunity to benefit from statin treatments, a type of therapy that lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood by reducing the production of cholesterol by the liver. By using this new treatment strategy, the number of people who will be eligible to be screened for heart disease will greatly increase, which will ultimately lower the incidence of CVD in men and women.

To bring the MUHC one step closer to leading the worldwide effort to better prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, a McGill Centre for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease is being developed that will:

  • Ensure that women and men are screened earlier before a potential CVD event occurs, which will help save more lives
  • Establish a more accurate prevention model to better determine the incidence of CVD
  • Build a collaborative network of international medical experts to foster new techniques in cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Purchase leading-edge technology and equipment to launch complex cardiovascular research projects more quickly and efficiently

How you can help

We are raising $5 million to support the creation of the McGill Centre for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease.

You can donate online, download our donation form or call us at 514-843-1543.

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LEAP has selected Centre universitaire de santé McGill - McGill University Health Centre cardiologist & Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre researcher, Dr. Abhinav Sharma’s, MyHeart Counts Canada mobile application for their Healthy Future Accelerator. MyHeart Counts Canada’s goal is to get Canadians moving for improved cardiovascular health. Dr. Sharma’s app uses artificial-intelligence with real-time feedback and support to improve physical activity incrementally. LEAP is donating $100, 000 to support the continued development of Dr. Sharma’s app through the MUHC Foundation’s Fix Broken Hearts campaign. Watch: 📺 youtu.be/GG2HKWxVfxA

LEAP a choisi l'application mobile MyHeart Counts Canada du Dr Abhinav Sharma, cardiologue du CUSM et chercheur de l'IR-CUSM, pour leur accélérateur Horizons Santé. L’objectif de MyHeart Counts Canada est de faire bouger les Canadiens pour une meilleure santé cardiovasculaire. L'application mobile du Dr Sharma utilise l'intelligence artificielle avec rétroaction et l’assistance en temps réel pour améliorer progressivement l'activité physique. LEAP fait un don de 100 000 $ pour soutenir le développement continu de l'application du Dr Sharma dans le cadre de la campagne Souder les cœurs brisés de la Fondation du CUSM.
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Ce « Mardi je donne » est presque terminé! ⏰ Pour chaque femme dont la vie a été anéantie par le cancer de l’ovaire ou de l’endomètre. Pour chaque mère qui ne verra pas ses enfants grandir en raison de ces maladies. Pour chaque femme qui lutte actuellement pour sa vie, unissons-nous comme jamais auparavant. ❤️ The DOVEE Project

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Giving Tuesday is nearing its end!⏱ For every woman whose life has been cut short because of ovarian or endometrial cancers. For every mother who won’t see her children grow up because of these diseases. For every woman fighting for her life right now, let’s come together like never before.

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Let’s do this, Montreal—we’re more than halfway through Giving Tuesday and we need every one of you to help us reach our $70,000 goal. 🙌 Support Dr. Gilbert, Joanne, Lawrie and the entire The DOVEE Project's Giving Tuesday dream of stopping ovarian and endometrial cancers. Combined, more than 3,000 Canadian women die each year from these cancers—but it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s stop these deadly killers, once and for all.

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Plus de 3 000 Canadiennes succombent chaque année à ces deux cancers, mais nous pouvons les sauver. Arrêtons ces tueurs silencieux, une fois pour toutes.

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À l’occasion de « Mardi je donne », votre contribution sera égalée jusqu’à concurrence de 50 000 $ grâce à la générosité d’un grand donateur anonyme! La Dre Gilbert et ses collègues Centre universitaire de santé McGill - McGill University Health Centre ont mis au point un test sécuritaire et moins invasif qui permet de dépister les cancers de l’ovaire et de l’endomètre de façon plus précoce que jamais auparavant.

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It's Giving Tuesday, and your donation today will be doubled up to $50,000 thanks to a generous anonymous donor. Dr. Gilbert and her colleagues @ The DOVEE Project have developed a test that offers a safe, less invasive way to detect ovarian and endometrial cancers earlier than ever before. The answer for moving this test into clinical implementation? Generous Giving Tuesday supporters like you. ❤️

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Demain, c’est la journée « Mardi je donne ». Voici un message important de Lawrie Shahbazian, une coordonnatrice du projet DOvEEgene The DOVEE Project

« Les femmes qui reçoivent un diagnostic de cancer de l’ovaire ou de l’endomètre se posent souvent cette question : ‘ J’ai pris soin de ma santé. J’ai passé les examens, les tests Pap et les mammographies. Qu’est-ce que j’aurais pu faire de plus?’ La réponse, c’est DOvEEgene. Notre test minimalement invasif fonctionne, ici et maintenant. Nous en sommes à la dernière étape de notre marathon, le passage aux essais cliniques de stade trois. En tant que jeune femme, je compte bien voir les résultats et les bienfaits de notre travail acharné de mon vivant. Avec votre aide, nous sauverons des vies.”

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