A new report is calling on the government to do more to diagnose, treat and support a growing number of Canadians living with damaged hearts.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation study says about 600-thousand Canadians are living with heart failure, which is putting a strain on patients, their
families and the economy.
And it says there are deep gaps in care across the country due to a shortage of specialists, treatment clinics and home-care support.
Dr. Justin Ezekowitz at the University of Alberta’s heart-function clinic says early diagnosis and better treatment are key to reducing hospital stays
by heart patients, who are currently costing the economy 2.8-billion dollars a year.