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New Canadian Treatment Guidelines for Chronic Chest Pain Sufferers

le 9 avril 2012 » Toronto

Toronto, On – April 9, 2012 – Each year, tens of thousands of Canadians go to emergency rooms for chest pain. Of these, a growing number suffer from persistent forms of chest pain which are hard to manage, making the most basic activities difficult to complete. As people live longer with heart disease, the prevalence of persistent cardiac pain is increasing. As a result, there is a critical need to raise awareness about chronic chest pain. To aid the conversation, Dr. Michael McGillion, Bloomberg Nursing assistant professor, has produced the first Canadian guidelines for the management of refractory angina (RFA), a common chest pain problem that cannot be controlled by usual treatments for heart disease.

In addition, a unique supplement of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, in which these guidelines were published, is tackling this issue with the latest research, literature and scientific evidence on persistent forms of cardiac pain that are generally poorly understood and difficult to treat. McGillion is guest editor for the supplement entitled “No Amount of Pain is Satisfactory: New Perspectives on Persistent Cardiac Pain.” His co-guest editor Dr. Heather Arthur, professor at McMaster University and chief scientific officer of Hamilton Health Sciences, holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario/Michael G. DeGroote Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research. The goal is to promote effective knowledge translation and foster a broader, collaborative approach to the care of underserviced Canadians suffering persistent forms of cardiac pain.

"This supplement makes a vital contribution to health professional knowledge”, says Lynn Cooper, President of the Canadian Pain Coalition. “It brings much needed understanding of chronic cardiac pain problems that are incapacitating and frightening, and has the potential to improve patient care and overall quality of life for people who live with these painful conditions."

Despite isolated instances of cooperation within the cardiovascular and pain specialist communities, a major issue is the lack of a formal coordinated effort. This often results in patients receiving inefficient ad hoc care. These guidelines are the product of a unique national collaboration between the cardiovascular and pain sciences, and a joint effort of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and Canadian Pain Society. It aims to decrease the need for emergency room visits and improve sufferers’ quality of life by effectively managing their chronic chest pain.

About Dr. Michael McGillion
Dr. Michael McGillion, an assistant professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Pain Society. He’s currently working on two projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in the area of chronic cardiac pain and pain education.

About the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto
The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto ranks among the premier nursing programs in the world in both education and research. In 2007, ours became the first named faculty of nursing in Canada. We are committed to ensuring all the students in our undergraduate, masters and PhD programs have the highest quality learning experiences. Moreover, with a Faculty comprised of the country’s leading nurse researchers and educators, major contributions to knowledge, health policy and future practice are produced regularly.

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