The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance ATLAS on the Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Management of Cardiovascular Disease in Women

The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA) ATLAS is a collection of chapters to be published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology Open, accompanied by detailed infographics, that report on the current state of cardiovascular disease in women. The goal of the ATLAS is to help clinicians recognize the unique aspects of women’s heart health care and provide policy-makers with the information they need to ensure equitable care for women with cardiovascular disease. 

The ATLAS uses an expansive and ongoing collection of research articles assembled for the scientific statement published by the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA),  State of the Science in Women's Cardiovascular Disease: A Canadian Perspective on the Influence of Sex and Gender, authored by members of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance. 

Learn more about the ATLAS


Chapter 1: Introduction to the ATLAS

This chapter aims to provide a critical appraisal of the currently inadequate evidence base to support female-specific clinical guidelines and recommendations for CVD in Canada. 

View Chapter 1 on CJC Open >>

Download Chapter 1 Infographic

Chapter 2: Scope of the Problem

This chapter aims to summarize the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in women in Canada; discuss sex- and gender disparities; and, examine the intersectionality between sex and other disparities that play a prominent role in CVD outcomes in women, including Indigenous identity, ethnic variations, disability, and socioeconomic status.  

View Chapter 2 on CJC Open >>

Download Chapter 2 Infographic

Webinar Presenters:

Dr. Heather FouldsHeather J A Foulds, PhD
Heart and Stroke/CIHR Early Career Indigenous Women’s Heart and Brain Health Chair
Assistant Professor
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
Dr. Shahin Jaffer Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Division of Community General Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Consultant, Fraser Health Authority
Vancouver, BC

Chapter 3: Patient Perspectives

This chapter aims to provide a review of existing knowledge and to identify gaps regarding experiencing and living with CVD from the perspective of women with lived experience. 

View Chapter 3 on CJC Open >>

Download Chapter 3 Infographic

Watch Webinar >> | Presentation (PDF)

Chapter 3 Webinar Presenters:

Hope Sarfi
Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance
Woman with Lived Experience
Richmond, BC
Tracey J.F. Colella, PhD, RN
Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance
Clinician Scientist
KITE | Toronto Rehab | UHN
Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation Program
Associate Professor
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
University of Toronto

#HerHeartMattersATLAS Twitter Chat (Journal Club)

Have a look at the interactive discussion that took place on Twitter with @CWHHAlliance. Search #HerHeartMattersATLAS to find all posts. This discussion took place May 18, 2021. 

Moderated by: 

Chapter 4: Sex- and Gender-Unique Disparities: CVD Across the Lifespan

This chapter aims to review disparities in CVD risk through the lens of sex and gender, and in the context of reducing knowledge gaps and developing optimal strategies for awareness and treatment.

View Chapter 4 on CJC Open >>

Download Chapter 4 Infographic 

Upcoming ATLAS Events

1. Live Webinar

Thursday, November 25, 2021, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST

This Canadian Women's Heart Health Alliance Atlas chapter reviews sex- and gender-unique disparities in cardiovascular disease risk across a woman's lifespan and aims to reduce knowledge gaps to guide the development and evaluation of optimal awareness, treatment, and management strategies.

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Donna Hart, BA, RSW
Member, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
CAN-RESTORE Standard Steering Committee
World Transplant Games Athletic Advisory Committee – Swimming
Patient Partner, Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP)
Gender Outcomes International Group: to Further Well-being Development (GOING-FWD)
Woman with Lived Experience
Milton, ON |  @recycleyourself
Kara Nerenberg, MD, MSc
Member, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Community Health Sciences
General Internal Medicine, Obstetric Internal Medicine
Calgary, AB | @KaraNerenberg

2. #HerHeartMattersAtlas Twitter Chat (Journal Club)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST

Join us for a live, interactive discussion with @CWHHAlliance on Twitter at 7 pm EST. We'll be discussing the latest chapter published in CJC Open, moderated by Dr. Colleen Norris and Dr. Sharon Mulvagh.


Colleen Norris, PhD, MSc, BScN, RN, GNP, FAHA, FCAHS  
Past Chair, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Professor and Clinician Scientist, Faculties of Nursing, Medicine & Dentistry, and School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Scientific Director, Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network
Fellow, American Heart Association
Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
Edmonton, AB | @womensheart2
Sharon Mulvagh, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FAHA, FASE
Past Chair, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Working Group
Co-Director Women’s Heart Health Clinic, QEII Health Sciences Centre
Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Professor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN USA | @HeartDocSharon

Chapter 5: Sex- and Gender-Unique Manifestations of CVD 

Coming soon


Chapter 6: Sex- and Gender-Specific Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Treatment

Coming soon


 Chapter 7: Sex, Gender, and the Social Determinants of Health

Coming soon


Chapter 8: Knowledge Gaps and Status of Existing Research Programs in Canada 

Coming soon


Chapter 9: Next Steps/Recommendations, Challenges and Opportunities and Conclusions

Coming soon



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