The heart, brain and mind are inextricably connected. They work together and are dependent on each other. A new in-depth analysis, conducted by Heart & Stroke, of the interconnections among cardiovascular disease, stroke and vascular cognitive impairment has revealed that the relationship is much stronger and more complex than previously thought, and the impact of the connections on the already overloaded health system —and on people’s lives —is profound.There is great opportunity to better coordinate care and improve outcomes for people living with our diseases. There is also opportunity to transform how we study these diseases to enrich our understandings and translate new research knowledge to drive changes in practice. The new knowledge is raising the stakes on the risks and impacts of these conditions for all people in Canada.
This session will explore the existing challenges in prevention and disease management among people in Canada at risk or living with multiple heart and brain-related conditions. Participants will discuss the role the cardiovascular community —researchers, healthcare providers, policy makers and people affected by these diseases —will need to play to improve our scientific knowledge, care delivery models, and facilitate sustainable change for people with these conditions.