ABOUT CARDIAC eHEALTH
Cardiac eHealth was established in 2004. Originally named the Behavioural Cardiology Research Unit, it is located at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network (UHN), Toronto, Canada. UHN is the largest research institution in Canada. Its hospitals are the primary teaching hospitals for the University of Toronto.
1. Increase People's Ability to Live a Heart Healthy Lifestyle through Preventive e-Counseling
Lifestyle behaviors such as heart healthy diet and regular exercise are essential to the health and quality of life of those with, or who are at higher risk, for heart diseases. Our primary focus is to help individuals and their families better manage their heart health by offering effective and user-friendly Internet-based counseling programs. These e-programs not only work hand-in-hand with the prescribed treatment plan from the health care team, but also provide the readily available support people need to make and maintain heart healthy lifestyle changes in their daily lives. We developed these e-programs using scientifically tested "best evidence" so that we know they work. Also, we are building a pan-Canadian network with our collaborators to deliver these preventive e-counseling programs to people living with heart conditions and their families across Canada.
2. Controlling Heart Rate and Blood Pressure using Behavioural Neurocardiac Regulation
We are also interested in the brain and heart connection in controlling heart rate and blood pressure in individuals with, or who are at higher risk, for heart disease. We are testing the benefits of training individuals in biofeedback, relaxation and mediation techniques to reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and consequently improve quality of life. This work spans across different specialities: cardiology, neurology, kinesiology/physiology, medical engineering, and psychology. Our publications include 2 clinical trials of a new and unique intervention: Behavioral Neurocardiac Training (BNT). We are working on a plan to extend people's access to BNT.