BCATPR - BC Alliance on Telehealth Policy and Research

BCATPR is a multi-disciplinary research team that develops and tests telecommunications technologies for chronic disease prevention and management.

Healing Circles

Connecting women with heart disease via a social networking application.

Stroke Coach

Coaching via telephone to promote chronic disease management after stroke.


Providing support via text messaging to patients with cardiovascular disease.

Internet-based Chronic Disease Management (iCDM)

An online symptom-management program for patients living with multiple chronic diseases.

Virtual Cardiac Rehabilitation Project (vCRP)

A cardiac rehabilitation program delivered remotely through the Internet.

Virtual Heart Failure Clinic (vHFC)

Delivering care through the internet to patients with heart failure.

Built Environment Study

Examines how the presence of community features, such as those that affect physical activity and food availability, are related to the health of residents within communities.

Multicultural Community Health Assessment Trial (M-CHAT)

Compares body fat distribution in people of Aboriginal, Chinese, South Asian and European descent. This study also looks at how these differences in body fat stores affect risk for diabetes and heart disease in each group.

Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological Study (PURE)

This is the largest global study looking at environmental, societal and biological influences on obesity and chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The PURE Study consists of over 150,000 participants from 17 countries of low, middle and high income. The CoHeaRT group is one of 4 centres within Canada that are taking part in the study, following 2,754 participants from areas of Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Pitt Meadows and Bowen Island.

Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds (CAHHM)

Canada-wide study looking at the early causes and risk factors of heart disease and stroke.


Taking a closer look at the prevalence, risk factors and consequences of covert ischemia - brain damage due to reduced blood flow without obvious clinical signs of stroke - in Canada.

The International Polycap Study 3 (TIPS-3)

Evaluation of Polycap (a single pill containing multiple medications), low dose Aspirin and Vitamin D supplementation in prevention of heart disease, cancer and fractures.

24 Hour Urinary Sodium Excretion Survey (24USE)

Measuring the salt intake of Canadians and how this relates to risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

South Asian heart health studies


Research in International Cardiovascular Health - Lifestyles, Environments and Genetic Attributes in Children and Youth

Identifying individual, family, school and community characteristics that are linked with heart disease risk factors in children and youth in Canada and India.

South Asian Exercise Trial (SAET)

Testing the efficacy of a standard aerobic and a Bhangra dance exercise program on body fat distribution and heart disease risk factors in postmenopausal South Asian women.

South Asian HeArt Risk Assessment (SAHARA)

An interactive multimedia health behaviour intervention aiming to reduce heart disease risk factors among South Asians living in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada.