Fix Broken Hearts

EVERY HEARTBEAT IS A TRIUMPH

When a heart attack strikes. When a heart valve isn’t working. When an artery is blocked. When a baby born with a broken heart faces a lifetime of interventions… every heartbeat forever after is a triumph.

A triumph for our patients, their families and society. For our dedicated heart doctors, surgeons and nurses. And for our researchers and technicians.

WE NEVER TAKE THESE TRIUMPHS FOR GRANTED

Because, while we’ve made big gains in our ability to save lives, we’re still falling behind. Every seven minutes, a Canadian dies of heart or vascular disease. That’s 70,000 Canadians every year, or one quarter of all deaths. For women, the burden is even greater. One in four will lose her life to heart disease, and heart disease and stroke are the number one cause of premature death in women.

There are many reasons for these grim numbers. Our population is aging. Canadians of every age aren’t as active as they should be. Public resources are strained. And access to the best care is inefficient and unequal.

Nevertheless, we take each loss personally. Because we believe most of them can be foreseen. Risks can be reduced. Deaths can be prevented.

We have the plan to make it happen — we have the plan to stop the progression of heart disease across the lifespan. That’s radical.

How can you be a part of our plan?

THE BOLD NEW VISION AT THE CENTRE OF OUR PLAN TO FIX BROKEN HEARTS 

Our visionary plan to stop the progression of heart disease across the lifespan has three components:

  • Identify your signatures. From your genetic and molecular makeup to images of your heart, mapped against your risk factors and  lifestyle. It’s the first step to precision medicine. Signatures help us predict who is at risk and what can be done.
  • Map your journey. We now know that heart disease is lifelong. So the episodic approach — treating you only when you’re sick — is not good enough. Our plan? Act instead of react — continuous care and monitoring across the lifespan. Even when you’re at home. Even when you’re well.
  • Invent better treatments. Regrowing damaged tissue. Using mathematical models to redesign hearts. Manipulating nano-scale materials to kill bacteria, or to deliver microdoses of medicine to exactly the right spot at the right time. The stuff of science fiction. All part of our plan.

Because we have a bigger goal. Not just to save and extend lives today, but to generate solutions that move public policy. We will reduce inefficiencies and extra costs for all. We will share new and better standards of care. And we will save many more lives tomorrow.

THE PROMISE.

In ten years, Montreal will have the lowest rate of hospitalization and fewest deaths due to heart disease in Canada.

How will we get there?

  • By inventing new tools so our doctors can provide better and more efficient care.
  • By diagnosing earlier and developing personalized treatments across the lifespan.

When we are successful, we’ll all be living longer and richer lives.

At the MUHC, we fix broken hearts. Join us.

“I dream big. I see a future without heart disease, and I see the MUHC leading the way.”

– Dennis Carranza, Cardiology Patient

HELP US FIX BROKEN HEARTS

For more information, to make a donation or to get involved, please contact Miguel Burnier, Interim Director of Development, at 514-934-1934, ext. 71205, Miguel.burnierjr@muhc.mcgill.ca

$18M to Fix Broken Hearts

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation is launching Fix Broken Hearts, a $50 million fundraising campaign to transform cardiovascular care at the MUHC.

Give the gift of health: Life after loss

Dennis Carranza has faced more than his share of health care challenges. At 42 years old, he is rebuilding his life after undergoing a heart transplant earlier this summer.

Leadership

Joining us on this campaign are committee members:

  • Patricia Saputo, Co-chair
  • Patrick Shea, Co-chair
  • Sam Reda, Co-chair