Raising Money For Improved Cardiac Care

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Raising Money For Improved Cardiac Care

It’s Spirit Day. The Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is calling on the community to help enhance cardiac care in the north.

The goal is to raise $50,000 dollars by 6 p.m. this evening.

The money will go towards building an ultrasound suite with Echocardiogram machines in a Regional Cardiac Centre.

“If you have a heart murmur, or if you have a heart attack, heart failure, if you have shortage of breath, all these things will lead to some cardiac diagnostics,” says Dr. Haidar Hadi, a Consultant Cardiologist and Internist for Northern Health, “one of them is cardiac ultrasound, or Echocardiographic.”

Due to a shortage of ECHO ultrasounds at the University Hospital, wait times can extend up to a year.

It’s why Jessica Storozinski has to make regular trips to Vancouver. “I was diagnosed with Long QT syndrome when I was 21 years old. It’s a disease of the hearts electrical activities. So basically it causes arrhythmias, and sometimes the arrhythmias are so bad that it just stops your heart.”

The 24-year-old had a defibrillator implantation in Vancouver. Now, Storozinski makes regular trips to the lower mainland to get checkups. “I go to Vancouver every year. At least every year. I have had issues with my pacemaker and infections so I have had to get shipped back down to Vancouver a few times.”

Just being able to get treatment at home would mean so much. “When I was first diagnosed, my boyfriend was in school. I was in Vancouver so he couldn’t come see me, and that was really hard because he is a really important person to me and I couldn’t have him there for me. Just being able to recover in the comfort of my own home and not having to wait, book days off work. It’s a three day thing at least you have to book off work. Spending money on hotels is expensive.”

It will take a few years to open a Cardiac Centre in the north, but Storozinski knows it will be well worth the wait.



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