Knowledge Translation and Mobilization

The Knowledge Translation and Mobilization theme is responsible for translating existing and new knowledge about cardiovascular health and disease in women and creating sex-specific guidelines, tools, and programs focused on improving outcomes for Canadian women.

Listed below are some of the projects and initiatives of the Knowledge Translation and Mobilization theme.

Current State of Cardiovascular Care Provided to Women in Canada

An environmental scan is being conducted in order to develop an understanding of the current landscape of women’s heart health programs and services available across Canada. This foundational work will inform future planning and guide targeted projects to improve the availability, access, and quality of women-specific cardiac health care. More information coming soon. 

Cardiovascular Disease in Women in the Emergency Department 

A point of care emergency clinical summary is being created for Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) in women. This core document will be accompanied by additional documents/tools focusing on specific conditions that can cause MINOCA. The BC Emergency Medicine Network is our first dissemination point, with further dissemination on our horizons. The development of these women’s heart health-specific tools, including checklists and flowcharts, will support front-line decision-making. More information coming soon. 

Canadian Cardiovascular Society Clinical Practice Update: Myocardial Infarction with Non-Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease (MINOCA)

There are currently no consensus statements or guidelines on myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary artery disease (MINOCA) in Canada. Furthermore, there is a persistent gap in clinical care for these patients, who are most often women, including higher mortality following myocardial infarction in younger women in Canada, repeat emergency visits and increased health care costs related to inaccurate diagnosis and suboptimal treatment.  A sub-team will create a MINOCA clinical practice update along with a plain-language summary document. More information coming soon. 

State of the Science in Women’s Cardiovascular Disease: A Canadian Perspective on the Influence of Sex and Gender 

A national collaborative effort of over 35 authors from across Canada (including a number of women with lived experience) published this scientific statement summarizing critical sex- and gender-specific issues in cardiovascular disease (CVD). This comprehensive review of the evidence focused on the sex- and gender-specific differences in comorbidity, risk factors, disease awareness, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment across the entire spectrum of CVD. 

Read the article in the Journal of American Heart Association →

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 being 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. 

Learn more about the ATLAS, read chapters and view recorded webinars →