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Our popular Virtual Expedition series takes our audience to places they’ve never been before. Discover The Incredible Story of Vital Heart Response at the Maz presented by Medtronic.

Thank you to those who joined us for an informative talk about the Vital Heart Response (VHR) program, featuring Dr. Robert Welsh.

If you missed the expedition please view the recording below.

Dr. Robert Welsh

“People thought I was crazy to take this on but I said 'I’m going to do this.' We pushed forward...”

The Vital Heart Response Program

In 1999, Dr. Robert Welsh was still in training as a resident at the University of Alberta Hospital when research led him to believe that the standard of care for treating heart attacks could be better. “Typically, the process was to get the patient to the hospital as quickly as possible and begin treatment there. I thought, ‘What if there was a way to administer care more immediately, at the point where the patient is presenting symptoms?’”

Through progressive innovation, Dr. Welsh and his team have revolutionized the delivery of care to heart attack patients. “It’s the Edmonton Advantage. People say this is the best place in Canada to have a heart attack and our outcomes show they’re right.”

Today, the Vital Heart Response program is used in every ambulance and community hospital from Red Deer to the Northwest Territories, and is being copied and examined in major cities around the world. In Alberta alone, more than 60% of the roughly 1000 heart attacks that occur every year in northern Alberta are treated through the VHR program.

About Dr. Robert Welsh

Dr. Welsh is an interventional cardiologist at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and a Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta Hospital.

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