Heart and Vascular

Unity Health’s Heart and Vascular program provides the best heart care to patients at every stage of their journey. Our experienced team of cardiologists and cardiac diagnostic technicians specialize in a variety of diseases, fields and services related to heart health.


Heart and Vascular at St. Joseph's Health Centre

At St. Joseph’s Health Centre, our experienced team of cardiologists and cardiac diagnostic technicians provide people living in West Toronto with excellent heart care for a wide variety of cardiac issues.

Our cardiologists are able to assess, diagnose and treat cardiac-related issues including atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and hypertension. Patients requiring care can be referred by their family doctor. Once a referral is received, an appointment will be booked in the next available clinic time.

Ground and 1st Floors (area F) Gilgan Family Wing
416-530-6043
Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Ambulatory Care Centre: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Booking/registration: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine Department provides heart and respiratory care to the communities of West Toronto. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and tests for cardiac disease.

Our cardiologists diagnose and manage a wide range of cardiovascular diseases including:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias)
  • Heart valve problems
  • Heart failure

At St. Joseph’s we provide comprehensive access to diagnostic cardiac testing including electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiography, holter monitoring, Stress Tests (GXT) and nuclear cardiology stress tests. Within Unity health we have access to St Michael’s Hospital’s cardiac and vascular surgery to ensure complete cardiac care is provided for our patients.

1 East Wing, Room 1E-132
416-530-6325
Fax: 416-530-6702
Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An appointment is required for all tests with the exception of an ECG (walk-in from Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Referrals

The Heart Failure Clinic specializes in taking care of patients with heart failure. The team provides a series of educational classes for patients and their families to better understand the condition and decrease the need for hospitalization.

The interprofessional team assesses and recommends treatment for patients diagnosed with heart failure. The team is composed of the following health professionals:

  • Cardiologist
  • Registered nurse
  • Registered dietitian
  • Registered pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Social worker

During your initial visit you will meet with the members of our Heart Failure Clinic team. Please note your first appointment may last up to three hours during which time several diagnostic tests may be performed such as blood tests, an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram and a chest X-ray.

A series of education classes will be provided to help you better understand your situation. Your family is also welcome to attend these classes.

1st Floor Gilgan Family Wing
416-530-6043
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This clinic is for:

  • Patients with permanent pacemakers
  • Patients who may need a pacemaker

Patients with pacemakers come to the clinic on a regular schedule. During the clinic visit, patients are seen by device technologists, or a cardiologist who specializes in electrophysiology. They will make sure the pacemaker is working properly.

The Pacemaker Clinic is an outpatient clinic that provides education and follow-up for patients with implanted pacemakers to ensure safe and proper function. Pacemaker appointments are typically scheduled every six months. At each scheduled visit, your pacemaker will be checked by a device certified technologist and reviewed by a cardiologist. Pacemaker implantation and pack changes can be arranged through the clinic and are performed at St. Joseph’s in the main operating room.

East Wing, Room 1E-132
416-530-6325
Fax: 416-530-6702
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An appointment is required for all tests with the exception of an ECG (walk in from Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Referrals

  • Referrals for implant can be faxed to 416-530-6702 with attention to Pacemaker Clinic. Transfer of pacemaker follow-up requests can be faxed to the above number with attention to the pacemaker clinic.

Heart and Vascular at St. Michael's Hospital

The Heart and Vascular Program at St. Michael’s is a leader in a range of clinical and academic services in the investigation, prevention and treatment of heart disease and vascular conditions. As the first hospital in Canada to perform a tricuspid valve repair, St. Michael’s offers innovative options for the treatment of valvular disease such as mitral clip repairs.

This is a clinic for patients with different types of heart rhythm problems to provide treatment options for their arrhythmia.

7th floor Donnelly Wing (Robert McRae Heart Health Unit)
416-864-5152
Fax: 416-864-5348

This clinic is led by a nurse practitioner working closely with one of the six electrophysiologists scheduled in clinic on a weekly basis. Patients receive educational materials and treatment options for atrial fibrillation.

416-864-6060 ext. 3177
Fax: 416-864-5348

Referrals

The Cardiac Arrhythmia Service helps people who have heart rhythm problems. Our specialty clinics include:

  • A clinic for patients with pacemakers
  • A clinic for patients with defibrillators
  • A clinic for patients with atrial fibrillation
  • An assessment clinic for people who may need an implantable defibrillator or a pacemaker
  • A general arrhythmia clinic for all other heart rhythm disorders

Our service also provides advanced diagnostic testing and procedures at St. Michael’s including:

  • Electrophysiology
  • Catheter ablation
  • Implanting a pacemaker or defibrillator
  • Cardioversion

7th Floor Donnelly Wing (Robert McRae Heart Health Unit)
416-864-5152
Fax: 416-864-5348
EP@smh.ca
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Referrals

More information

The Cardiac and Vascular Surgery Inpatient Unit provides care to patients following heart or vascular surgery or complex intervention. Our team on the unit is composed of a number of highly skilled interprofessional team members who work collaboratively to provide quality patient care.

7th Floor Cardinal Carter Wing (North)
416-864-5300

Clinical Leader Manager: Victoria Buczek
416-864-6060 ext. 6030

This clinic is for patients who may need an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or pacemaker. During the clinic visit, patients are seen by a nurse practitioner with one of the electrophysiologists to provide an opinion regarding the need to implant an ICD or pacemaker.

416-864–5152
Fax: 416-864-5348

The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) team treats patients with acute heart issues.

7th Floor Peter Gilgan Tower

Clinical Leader Manager: Michelle Williams
Phone: 416-864-6060 ext. 43842

The Cardiology Inpatient Unit provides care to patients admitted to the hospital for acute heart conditions such as heart failure, arrhythmias and heart attack, among many others. Our team on the unit is composed of a number of highly skilled interprofessional team members who work collaboratively to provide quality patient care.

7th Floor Cardinal Carter (South) Wing
416-864-5819

Clinical Leader Manager: Victoria Buczek
416-864-6060 ext. 6030

The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) team provides care to patients immediately following heart or vascular surgery or complex intervention. Our team of healthcare professionals including doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory therapists are trained to care for patients after heart and vascular surgery.

4th Floor Cardinal Carter Wing North
416-864-5483

Clinical Leader Manager: Michelle Williams
416-864-6060 ext. 43842

Along with our subspecialty cardiology consult services like heart failure, electrophysiology and structural heart/valve clinic, we provide a wide range of general cardiology consult services at St. Michael’s. This includes hypertension and hypertensive heart disease, simple arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and other rhythm disorders, heart failure/cardiomyopathy and the general assessment of undifferentiated patients with cardiac symptoms (such as chest pain, shortness of breath and palpitations).

We have broad access to diagnostic cardiac testing including electrocardiogram, echocardiography, holter monitoring, nuclear cardiology, cardiac MRI and cardiac CT, along with cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography. We work closely with other subspecialty cardiac groups, as well as cardiac surgery and vascular surgery.

Referrals

The Heart Failure Clinic specializes in taking care of patients with heart failure. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is not able to pump enough blood to other parts of the body as well as it should.

People with heart failure may:

  • Have shortness of breath
  • Have swelling of the abdomen (stomach area) legs or ankles
  • Have a new cough
  • Feel tired
  • Feel dizzy

Research has shown that lifestyle changes and medicines can help people with heart failure. By coming to the Heart Failure Clinic, you will be able to meet with heart failure specialists who can help you manage your condition.

7 Donnelly Wing (Robert McRae Heart Health Unit)
416-864-6060 ext. 5200
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heart Failure Specialists
Dr. Gordon Moe and Dr. Abdul Al-Hesayen

Clinic Administrative Assistant
Frances Lee
416-864-5319
Fax: 416-864-5330

Heart Failure Clinic Nurse Practitioner
Haytham Sharar  RN (EC)
416-864-6060 ext. 3102

Referrals

This clinic is for patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Patients come to the clinic on a regular schedule to meet with nurses, device technologists, a nurse practitioner and/or an electrophysiologist to make sure their defibrillator is working properly.

7th floor Donnelly Wing (Robert McRae Heart Health Unit)
416-864-5353
Fax: 416-864-5348

This clinic is for:

  • Patients with permanent pacemakers
  • Patients with implantable loop recorders (ILRs)
  • Patients who may need a pacemaker

Patients with pacemakers or ILRs will come to the clinic on a regular schedule. During the clinic visit, patients are seen by nurses, device technologists, a nurse practitioner and/or an electrophysiologist. They will make sure the pacemaker is working properly.

416-864-5299
Fax: 416-864-5348

There is a wide spectrum of pediatric cardiology services available at St. Michael’s ranging from fetal echocardiography for prenatal screening, diagnosis and counseling; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and newborn inpatient consultation; and outpatient Pediatric Cardiology Clinic with ECG, echocardiography and holter monitoring.

Children with congenital heart disease may be prenatally diagnosed at St. Michael’s, delivered here and undergo a cardiac assessment prior to hospital discharge, return for outpatient cardiology clinic visits and potentially graduate to an adult cardiologist all in one setting.

2nd Floor 61 Queen St. East
416-867-3655
Fax: 416-867-3736
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phones are answered Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Referrals

Heart and Vascular at Providence Healthcare

Cardiology Clinic

Services include assessment and treatment of cardiac conditions by a cardiologist.

3276 St. Clair Ave E.
416-285-3619

Last updated June 22, 2021