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Welcome to the Icardio.ca website, a source of information and popularization dedicated to cardiology.

Please note that this site is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical consultation with a healthcare professional.

About Icardio.ca

Icardio.ca is intended to be a support tool for the patient, an extension of the medical consultation. Written in simple, easy-to-understand language, it provides a better comprehension of the structure and functioning of the heart. This is the basis for understanding cardiovascular disease, the diagnostic approach, and the challenges of therapies.

It is also an educational reference for students in the health field and is suitable as well for anyone who wants to know more about cardiology.

Similarly, Icardio.ca is proving to be a very useful reference tool for doctors concerned about their patients’ understanding.

Our Commitment to Cardiology

At Icardio.ca, we know that patients can sometimes feel concerned when they see a health professional. Time is often limited, questions are numerous, and understanding the state of one’s heart condition can be complex. 

We aim to fill these gaps by providing in-depth general information, which can also be used as a complement to a medical consultation. 

Likewise, we aim to be a valuable and appreciated resource for doctors, supporting them in the explanations they provide to their patients, and helping them to gain a clear and precise understanding of their heart problem and its treatment.

Docteur Gilles Goulet
Dr Gilles Goulet

Cardiology Is Constantly Evolving

Cardiology is a medical specialty that evolves constantly. Technological advances, cutting-edge diagnostic methods, and innovative treatments are improving the quality of life of patients with heart conditions and, in some cases, prolonging their lives.  

New treatment options, including the use of hemodynamic catheters, offer a variety of solutions to traditional cardiac surgery in special cases.

Icardio.ca is committed to reporting on the latest advances in cardiology and helping to better understand treatment options for optimal heart health.

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The Patient-Partner Approach

The way care is provided has changed significantly over the past few decades. We have moved from paternalism, where the doctor was the only one with the absolute science, to a patient-centered approach to care.

That concept was not ideal as it left the patient with several concerns. The patient’s care should have been more personalized.

Adding the patient-experience approach to the team of caregivers enables the patient to fully understand what is happening. He can then interact with the medical team and actively participate in his treatment plan.

All too often, the reality of the patient’s life is overlooked. Who can best answer questions about his day-to-day way of life? Or, who can fully imagine the confusion and anxiety that a person went through before arriving at the discomfort he feels today?

The patient-partner approach is this new concept of care in which the patient is as much a part of the team as any other healthcare provider, including a peer who previously benefitted from this innovative patient-partner initiative.

Featured articles

Exams

Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography

Dobutamine stress echocardiography helps to indirectly determine if there are significant obstructions in the coronary arteries.

The test is performed using a medication, dobutamine, to stimulate the heart instead of using a treadmill, and a cardiac ultrasound to observe how the heart’s contraction responds to the simulated stress.

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Coronary heart diseases

About Coronary Stents

Coronary stents, also known as “coronary endoprostheses,” have been in use for about three decades.
This article aims to answer frequently asked questions from patients and their families.

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General

TOBACCO

The simple act of smoking a cigarette may seem trivial, but did you know that the smoke inhaled by the smoker contains more than 4,000 chemical compounds, over 50 of which are carcinogenic?

Indeed, all burning plants naturally release chemical compounds.

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Exams

ABPM

The abbreviation ABPM stands for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring. It is a test where a blood pressure cuff (called tensiometer) is attached to the arm to record blood pressure over a 24-hour period.

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Exams

The myocardial scintigraphy with persantine

Persantine myocardial scintigraphy, also known as “MIBI persantine” or “MIBI dipyridamole,” is a nuclear medicine imaging test.
It helps to indirectly determine if there are significant blockages in the coronary arteries.
The test is performed using a radioactive tracer that ‘follows the path’ of oxygen in the heart muscle.

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Anatomy

Pulmonary capillaries

Pulmonary capillaries are tiny and delicate blood vessels through which red blood cells can obtain oxygen from the lungs. In fact, this is precisely where respiration takes place.

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News

Heatwave and Heart Failure

Patients suffering from heart failure often require constant attention. The presence of a heatwave can destabilize their condition, potentially requiring hospitalization and, in the most severe cases, leading to death.

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Exams

Treadmill Stress Echocardiography

Treadmill Stress Echocardiography helps to indirectly determine if there are significant obstructions in the coronary arteries. The test is performed using a treadmill and a cardiac ultrasound to see how the heart’s contraction reacts to effort.

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General

Swollen legs

The most common cause of swollen legs, sometimes of unequal sizes, is related to poor functioning of the leg veins, called venous insufficiency.

People with venous insufficiency in the legs wake up in the morning with little swelling. The problem appears as the day progresses and is more pronounced in the evening.

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Valvular & cardiovascular diseases

Bundle Branch Block

A bundle branch block is an anomaly in the electrical conduction system of the heart. A blockage can occur in either of the two specialized branches of the electrical transmission system when impulses travel to the right and left ventricles.
These conditions are called bundle branch blocks: the Right Bundle Branch Block affects the right branch and the Left one affects the left branch.
Bundle branch blocks can be either intermittent or permanent.

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