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VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 39 August 2018

The stress effect: finding the causes behind a rare heart attack

Vancouverite Mary Woo Sims never imagined she could be at risk of having a heart attack. The 62-year-old retired human rights commissioner ate a healthy diet, exercised, didn’t smoke, only drank socially and had no sign of plaque build-up on her arteries. Then, one evening last year Sims felt nauseous, noticed tightness in her chest and felt her jaw clenching. Her partner called 911 and she was taken to hospital. 

I say yes  

to participating in research because so little is known about my condition. It is my civic duty to help clinicians find a way to prevent others having to go through this.”
– Mary Woo Sims, Vancouver

Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can the loss of a specific substance in the brain account for poor cognitive function in bipolar disorder?

This study is recruiting both healthy volunteers and those with bipolar disorder to help investigate the link between the loss of myelin in the brain and poor cognitive function.

Can a community-based intervention program help smokers kick their smoking habit?

This study is recruiting Mandarin, Cantonese or English speaking smokers to participate in a new smoking cessation program.

Can biomarkers be used to measure functional recovery in those with spinal cord injury?

This study is recruiting healthy volunteers and those with spinal cord injury to help profile the biochemical responses throughout the first year of recovery after spinal cord injury.

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Helpful tips for a healthy heart

by Dr. Victor Huckell
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Every minute counts. With 24 hours in a day there’s plenty of time to fit in exercise. 30 minutes of exercise three or more times a week will not only help your heart, but will also make you feel great. Small changes make a big difference.
Major risk factors for heart disease include high levels of sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. Taking steps to lower them will improve both quality and quantity of life.
A balanced meal plan. All things in moderation is good advice when it comes to what you eat. Extreme diets can be harmful, so be sure to practice good nutrition and eat a balanced diet.

Upcoming Events

Growth Mindset - Continuing brain injury rehabilitation

Join brain injury survivors and specialists to discover the importance of taking an active role in your life-long rehabilitation, including tips for your personal rehab toolbox. Learn more.

Date August 22, 2018
Location Fortius Sport and Health
3713 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby

CATS summer edition

Youth aged 24 and under are invited to join the Richmond Addiction Services Society for an information session about drug and alcohol use, and to learn more about the pressures of being a youth and how to cope. Learn more.

Date August 28, 2018
Location Richmond Addiction Services Society
105-8080 Anderson Road, Richmond
Administration Office
6/F, 2635 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Phone: 604.875.JOIN (5646)
Fax: 604.875.4900
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute is the research body of Vancouver Coastal Health and health partner of the University of British Columbia.