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Heart Month 2020

Feb 10, 2020


Heart disease is one of the leading killers of Canadians. At McMaster’s School of Nursing, researchers are searching for better ways to treat and prevent this condition. 

Dr. Bernice Downey holds the Indigenous Early Career Women's Heart and Brain Health Chair Award. Her project seeks to deepen understanding of Indigenous knowledge around well-being to help healthcare providers and their Indigenous women patients manage heart illness by exploring the culture-related factors that have led to gaps in health promotion, diagnosis, treatment and research which impact Indigenous women. Bio page:  Dr. Bernice Downey

Dr. Diana Sherifali specializes in prevention and care of diabetes, a condition that can affect the heart. Her research focuses on self-care strategies for patients, providers and models of care to prevent, manage and treat diabetes and its complications including heart disease. Bio page: Dr. Sherifali

Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid holds a Canada Research Chair in Person-Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity and their Caregivers. She is leading a national team of researchers that are evaluating a new intervention to improve the quality and experience of hospital-to-home transitions for older adults with stroke and multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers. Bio page: Dr. Markle-Reid

Dr. Michael McGillion holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Nursing Research. Working closely with colleague and co-lead, Dr. PJ Devereaux, Dr. McGillion is leading an international team of researchers that is developing state-of-the-art technology that can monitor the vital signs of patients and warn of early signs of deterioration after heart surgery. Bio page: Dr. McGillion

Dr. Patricia Strachan is leading an initiative to develop research and knowledge translation priorities that will build nursing capacity for a palliative approach to the care of patients with advanced heart failure. The focus of this work is to optimize communication in serious illness contexts.  Bio page: Dr. Strachan

Dr. Sandra Carroll has developed an implantable cardioverter defibrillator specific patient decision aid. This tool is for patients facing the option of receiving an implantable defibrillator. Dr. Carroll has completed a feasibility trial with the tool. Currently, research to implement a suite of decision aids in hospitals in Canada is under way.  Bio page: Dr. Carroll


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