Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative

Tackling the unique cardiovascular issues women face 

The problem

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in Canada, claiming a life every 20 minutes. Globally, one in three women will die as a result of heart disease or stroke.

Heart attacks go unrecognized in women up to 54 per cent of the time. This is because women often present different symptoms than men, leading to later diagnosis and fewer options for treatment. 

Our solution

The Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta recognized a need for a formal program in cardiovascular health that focuses on sex and gender. Libin members are investigating women’s health from infancy to older adulthood, with an initial focus on pregnancy to menopause.

The Libin's goal is that by 2024, our institute will be recognized internationally as a leading centre for women’s cardiovascular health research, training and care.

In partnership with several community organizations and foundations, the Institute will also undertake robust outreach to the Calgary community to raise awareness about women’s cardiovascular disease, the risks, symptoms and recovery. Concurrent with our local and national strategy, we will reach out globally to attract, retain and enable world-class expertise at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute.

Support Women’s Cardiovascular Health 

Research is a catalyst for advancements in women’s cardiovascular health, and progress is made possible through the generous support of our community. Donations to this initiative may be made by visiting our online form and indicating “CV&ME” or “Women’s Cardiovascular Health” in the comment section. You may also make a donation by contacting Myrna Linder, Director of Development, at mlinder@ucalgary.ca or 403.210.6055. Join us and, together, we will transform the future of women’s cardiovascular health.

Women's Health

The Libin Institute's Women's Cardiovascular Health Research Initiative is tackling the unique issues women face in this area. Get a glimpse into two of the researchers in this group and learn how one family is impacted.