See how our new, twice-as-large, modern Cardiac Intensive Care Unit will improve patient care upon completion. #HeartMonth
As part of the St. Michael's 3.0 redevelopment project, the unit is making a much-needed move to new space in the Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower, now under construction. #BuildingSMH
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Over many yea...rs we have been hosted by many other hospitals and discovered
The emergency department
This attitude of truly caring pervades through all wards and department
Not to be left out are the support staff: Cleaners and Food service staff. Often marginaliz
During some of the most horrible times in my life, I have always been glad that we've been at St. Michael's.
Also I have to say the food was great on the 6th floor marketplac
I visit Fracture Clinic yesterday Feb 22, a follow up check-up, had another foot x-ray .
Both visits are good and , fast .
In a 2016 study, researchers at St. Michael's Hospital found that the higher the floor you live on, the lower your chance of surviving a cardiac arrest.
When the cardiac arrest occurred below the third floor, 4.2 percent of the patients survived discharge from the hospital, compared with 2.6 percent of those on higher floors. Above the 16th floor, 0.9 percent survived, and above the 25th, where 30 people had cardiac arrests, none lived to leave the hospital.
Hit “like” if you’ve already snacked on some almonds (or walnuts, or pecans...) today; according to Heart and Vascular Program nurse practitioner Ada Andrade, it’s an important step to a healthy heart.
1. Quit smoking.
2. Know your numbers: blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol....
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Include them with every meal and snack.
4. Eat a balanced breakfast every day.
5. Take the stairs or park your car far from your destination.
6. Learn to read food labels (saturated and trans fat, sugars, salt, fibre content). Here's a great resource » http://bit.ly/2lbA2tP
7. Eat a handful of nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans). But not too much, as they are high in calories.
Hit “like” if you’ve already exercised for 30 minutes today... or if you plan to (there’s still time!). It’s Diana Harris’ top tip for heart health; she’s the clinical leader-manager of our Cardiovascular ICU.
“Healthy food choices and 30 minutes of daily exercise,” says Harris. “That’s all the heart needs to survive.”
Heart and Vascular Program physiotherapist Joanna Parkes agrees. “Everyone needs to keep active to stay healthy. The Heart and Stoke Foundation recommends 30 m...inutes of physical activity, five times per week. Remember to start slowly and build yourself up over time.”
Hit “like” if you brought your lunch to work today; according to cardiologist Dr. Beth Abramson, you’ve probably done your heart (and your wallet!) a favour.
For heart month, here are Dr. Abramson’s top tips for a healthy heart:
1. Walking is good for the heart. Take some extra steps today!
2. Make sure to get your blood pressure checked. High blood pressure is a silent killer; you don't know what yours is until it's measured....
3. For a healthy body weight, don't drink your calories. Avoid pop, fruit juices and alcoholic drinks.
4. Bring your lunch to work. Smaller portions are healthier portions.
ICYMI: Here’s a great Toronto Star Q&A on how Dr. Abramson and fellow St. Mike’s cardiologist Dr. Chi-Ming Chow keep their own hearts healthy » http://on.thestar.com/2lSxkZO
Hit “like” if you’ve hugged someone you love today; it’s one of cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Paul Dorian’s top tips for a healthy heart.
1. Walk 7-10,000 steps every day.
2. Eat food, mostly plants, and not too much. Don't worry so much about your diet....
3. Hug someone you love.
Watch Bomi Daver explain how our music therapist Catherine Manning helped his mom, a palliative care patient, find peace at a difficult time.
"My mom's whole disposition changed when Catherine was there," said Daver. "She'd light up. She'd smile. She'd sing with her."
Davers said Manning sang the songs of his parents' courtship, and she got his father to hold his mother's hands and look into her eyes while singing along....
"It was so powerful because all of these emotions and fears were expressed in the songs that Catherine compiled for her," he said. "It made the pain and suffering bearable. It goes with the values of St. Michael's."
Congratulations Catherine on winning our #ValuesInAction Social Responsibility Award!
St. Michael’s was the first hospital in Canada to have performed a novel catheter-based valve replacement technique that allows cardiac patients to go home the next day instead of staying in hospital for up to 10 days #HeartMonth http://ow.ly/aVqW308XDOz
"The Emergency Department is a busy place, with people of different ages, and an incredible mix of injuries and illnesses. But there's one question probably everyone here asks themselves, 'why am I waiting?'"
Dr. Mike Evans explains in his newest Whiteboard video: