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University of Ottawa Health Institute improving early detection of heart disease

It's one of 10 North American institutions to get a $1-million grant from TD Bank.
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University of Ottawa logo, March 3, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

The University of Ottawa Health Institute plans to use a $1-million grant to improve the early diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

It's developed a new, non-invasive, five-minute test which does not require the presence of a physician. It uses sophisticated signal processing and the application of artificial intelligence algorithms.

The health institute is one of 10 North American recipients of the grant from the TD Ready Challenge.

TD Bank established the TD Ready Challenge in 2018 to identify and support scalable solutions to a specific issue, identified within The Ready Commitment. In 2019, the problem statement for the TD Ready Challenge was to increase equitable health outcomes that focus on preventative efforts, such as screening, early detection and intervention innovations, aimed at reducing the onset, development and severity of chronic disease and other illnesses.

CAD is the number one cause of death and disability worldwide. According to the 2019 Heart and Stroke report, 91,524 people in Canada died of heart conditions, stroke or vascular cognitive impairment in 2016. 

In Canada, one person dies every five minutes from heart conditions, stroke or vascular cognitive impairment.


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