People living with persistent forms of cardiac pain now have a new multi-media resource of information to ease the discomfort.
The online resource, called the Canadian Journal of Cardiology Persistent Cardiac Pain Resource Centre, is led by Michael McGillion, an assistant professor of McMaster University’s School of Nursing.
He said the resource was created because there are increasingly prevalent chronic cardiac pain problems but a lack of collaboration between cardiovascular and pain science communities.
“Our resource centre is built in partnership with patients, and designed to get the information out broadly,” said McGillion, who also holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing. The resource centre at http://cardiacpain.onlinecjc.ca/ features videos; fact sheets for both physicians and the public, open access articles and other resources. There are also resources accredited for continuing medical education for Canadian and American health professionals.
Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the resource centre is a partnership of Elsevier, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Pain Coalition, and Argyle Communications.
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