We're a non-profit on a mission to create a cost-effective and efficient cardiac health care system here in Saskatchewan. Join our cause to enhance the quality of life of individuals with cardiac conditions!
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canada. About one-third of all deaths, each year are caused by heart disease. Cardiovascular disease continues to extract a huge social and economic toll on our country - an estimated $7.4 billion each year is lost in direct costs from cardiovascular disease.
It's time to create a place for the heart here in Saskatchewan. Our goal is to build a bold new approach for cardiac health care. The Centre will bring together the services of internists, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, health educators, geriatric specialists, psychologists, and others to create a unified, multidisciplinary team dedicated to the provision of the highest standards of cardiac health services built on evidence-based medicine. The pooling of resources and personnel makes it possible to create a seamless, patient-centered cardiac health system that successfully integrates all aspects of care: health promotion/disease prevention, emergency care, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and follow up.
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In 1980, Dr. Ruben Rajakumar together with his wife moved to Canada from Sri Lanka, in hopes of better career and life opportunities. After practicing as a family physician in rural communities such as Île-à-la-Crosse (Sakitawak) and Waterous, Dr. Rajakumar became aware of the difficulty in obtaining high-quality health care in remote areas. Individuals in rural communities often struggle due to declining population, economic stagnation, shortages of physicians and other health care professionals, a disproportionate number of elderly, poor residents, and high rates of chronic illness.
The Saskatchewan Heart Centre envisions employing leading-edge communication technology and the provincial infrastructure to develop a template for the 21st Century, state-of-the-art, health care delivery for rural and remote areas. Having the potential for being utilized throughout the world, the underlying concept for this program is: “Predict, Prevent, and Personalize.”
Currently, Dr. Rajakumar is promoting health care innovations to provincial, federal governments, academic institutions, and indigenous leaders to improve northern and rural health services in Saskatchewan and Ontario.
A variety of specialized tools and programs will be available to support people with cardiac conditions. These initiatives will help improve the quality of life for individuals with cardiovascular disease and reduce repeat hospitalizations.
Cardiovascular consultation services will use telecommunications technology to provide enhanced access to health services for Saskatchewan residents throughout the province. Telemedicine will allow for long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring, and remote admissions.
Information about all patients enrolled in the centre will be gathered and stored in one central location. This database will aid in research and epidemiological studies, as well as the development and evaluation of cardiac programs.
Cardiologists will conduct clinics for patients who have had bypass surgery, coronary angioplasty or ischemic heart disease. Secondary prevention will emphasize early disease detection and prompt adequate treatment. As well, targeting healthy-appearing individuals with subclinical forms of the disease.
The Saskatchewan Heart Centre will assist in the development of integrated cardiac care services in outlying regional centers. Cardiologists and other SHC personnel will participate in the development of these networks by providing staff training in outlying communities, conducting on-site visits and facilitating the mobilization of local resources.
We need your help! The Saskatchewan Heart Centre relies on volunteers from all walks of life with different skills and experiences. As a volunteer, you can make a big difference in your community. Contact us by clicking the button below to learn more about volunteering opportunities.