The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Offering the complete continuum of patient care
As the leading heart institute in western Canada, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute has the best and brightest healthcare team to care for the most complex and chronic cardiac patients.
Providing World Leading Cardiac Care
Advances in cardiac care have saved and changed the lives of thousands of grateful patients. Now doctors at the Maz face a new reality: aging patients who present a diverse range of serious health conditions.
Often this means more complicated surgeries and prolonged, intense recoveries.
Taking a Team Approach
To provide gold standard care that covers the diverse and personal needs of every patient, the Maz utilizes a broad, team based approach to patient care. Meetings are held twice a day in which doctors share the stage with social workers, dieticians, nurses, physiotherapists, rehabilitation specialists, pharmacists and other experts in related fields. This way, patients have their entire well being and health addressed by a multi disciplinary team.
Cardiac Hybrid Operating Room
In fully funding the $6.6 million Cardiac Hybrid operating room, donors to the University Hospital Foundation enabled what used to be the impossible - cardiologists and surgeons working together, on the same patient, in the same room, at the same time.
Great news for patients whose cardiac conditions would have prevented them from having surgery before.
Ventricular Assist Device Program (VAD)
End-stage heart failure means that someone’s heart is so sick it’s not able to pump enough blood to meet the demands of the rest of the body. A Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) is a mechanical pump that supplements and helps the patient’s own heart to pump blood, enabling doctors to determine and provide next-therapy.
Thanks to $400,000 in donor support, the Maz is home to one of the best, and busiest, VAD programs in Canada, performing more than 30 VAD insertions annually.
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
Donors to the University Hospital Foundation contributed $1.4 million towards the expansion of the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) at the Maz, increasing capacity to allow 200 more surgeries to be performed every year, and more specialized patient care than ever before.
Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute Highlights
Specialized Care at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
The Right Honourable Don Mazankowski
Your donations to the University Hospital Foundation keep the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on the leading edge of patient care and technology.