Cardiac Prevention Clinic

The Cardiometabolic Prevention Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital sees two groups of patients – those living with, and at risk for heart and vascular disease. It provides complimentary preventive care in coordination with primary care physicians and specialists. This unique clinic at the University of Toronto, spearheaded by Dr. Beth Abramson, aims to share best practices in academic preventive cardiology. Her team of cardiac prevention specialists have expertise in modern “precision” medicine to help diagnose and treat cardiovascular risk. 

Physicians

Division of Cardiology, St. Michael’s Hospital
Paul Albrechtsen Professor in Cardiac Prevention and Women’s Health
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Beth Abramson MD is the Paul Albrechtsen Professor in Cardiac Prevention and Women’s Health in the Division of Cardiology at St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto. She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

She enjoys educating the public on heart health and is a national spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Her book, Heart Health for Canadians, published in 2013, aims to help people prevent and understand heart disease. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Harold N. Segal award of Merit, in recognition of her many contributions to preventing heart disease amongst Canadians. She is a member of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology Women’s working group, and has co-chaired the American College of Cardiology’s Hypertension working group. In 2021, she was invited to become a member of the American College of Cardiology Prevention Council.

In addition, Dr. Abramson is a founding member and inaugural Chair (2018-2020) of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance Education Working Group, which has created an electronic course and toolkit on Women and Heart Disease for MDs. Dr. Abramson’s has also been involved in the North American Menopause Societys’ (NAMS) awareness efforts.

She currently directs a fellowship in Preventive Cardiology at the University of Toronto and has recently established an academic Cardiometabolic Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital to close care gaps. Dr. Abramson also works out of the Toronto Cardiac Clinic.

Clinical interests and areas of expertise: preventive cardiology, women’s cardiac health, ambulatory care

Academic interests (research, teaching/education, quality improvement etc.): preventive cardiology, women’s cardiac health, ambulatory care

Publications: 

2000 primary panel: CCS Women and Ischemic Heart Disease

2005, 2021 co-chair: CCS Guideline on Peripheral Arterial Disease

2009, 2013, and 2021 primary panel: Canadian Menopause guidelines

2014 primary panel: Canadian guidelines for the management of stable ischemic heart disease.

Department: Medicine

Division: Cardiology, Women’s Cardiovascular Health

Clinics: General Cardiology and Cardiometabolic Clinic

Contact information: 

Phone: 416-864-5968

Fax: 416-864-6066

Location: St. Michael’s Hospital

Location

St. Michael’s Hospital

30 Bond St.,
Toronto, ON
M5B 1W8
The main entrance is located near Queen St. East and Victoria St. The Bond St. entrance is not open to the public at this time.

Donnelly Wing, 7th Floor

Contact


Phone: 416-864-5968

Fax: 416-864-5974

Physicians

Dr. Beth Abramson

Prevention Physician – Dr. Candice Holmes

Fellowship

The Cardiac Prevention fellowship program at St. Michael’s Hospital, Division of Cardiology, University of Toronto is a 12-month fellowship providing training in all the essential aspects of contemporary preventive cardiology with an emphasis on risk reduction strategies in the patient with coronary disease. This is for trainees having completed cardiology or GIM training. In addition to clinical expertise, trainees will also have the opportunity to pursue academic or scholarly activity in the area of cardiac prevention with appropriate supervision at a level required to further a career in academic cardiology, GIM, and/or cardiac prevention.

Previous/ Upcoming Fellows:

  • Dr. Seana Nelson (2024-2025)
  • Dr. Yenny Rodriguez de Morales (2023-2024)
  • Dr. Daniel Esau (2021-2022

Research

NP– Michelle Santos

Patients

Prevention resources

Physical Activity 

Cholesterol

Diabetes

Healthy diet

Health during COVID-19

Hypertension

Losing weight 

Mental health

Quit smoking 

Health-care Providers


Referrals
Cardiac Prevention Clinic Referral Form

Unique tests offered 

Carotid Intima Media Thickness Analysis: The carotid Intima Media Thickness (cIMT) is a measure of the thickness the innermost two layers of the wall of the carotid artery, the tunica Intima and the tunica Media. If the CIMT shows increased thickness in the inner layers of the carotid artery, you may be at risk for cardiovascular disease.

This is done by taking ultrasound pictures of your neck arteries and using specialized computer analysis.