In February of 1958, founders of the Heart and Stoke Foundation
set out to raise $600,000 in support of heart research. The successful campaign
began what is now nationally recognized as Heart Month. Every February, the
Heart and Stoke Foundation, in partnership with health care providers and local
volunteers, raise funds and awareness for cardiac health.
Waterloo Wellington is fortunate to have one of the most advanced
cardiac centres in Canada. In 2001, St. Mary's Hospital became Ontario's
16th cardiac centre and today the facility is well recognized as a leader in providing
Over the years, the hospital has been at the forefront of
innovation. In 2013, in partnership with the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario,
Medtronic of Canada Ltd. and the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration
Network, St. Mary’s launched a pilot project to introduce remote monitoring
services for pacemaker patients at the YMCA
in Guelph. Before the program launched, remote pacemaker monitoring had only
been explored in Canada by one other hospital.
ability for patients to have their pacemaker checked outside of the hospital
reduces the number of visits for routine equipment checkups and saves an
average of 2 hours per visit between travel and wait times. The program has
been a great success. In the last 9 months, approximately 200 patients have signed up to
have their routine pacemaker checks performed closer to home.
"You would think that because I am
retired I would have all the time in the world, but I'm always busy.
me at least an hour of travel time and more in the clinic.
They explained the
technology very clearly and the process was very simple and easy." -
Pacemaker Patient, 92
In keeping with their commitment to expanding
services at the centre, plans are in the works to bring a Cardiac
Arrhythmia program to the hospital in 2015.
more information on St. Mary’s Cardiac Care Centre or the remote monitoring
program visit the St. Mary's Cardiac Care Centre website.