Cardiovascular Health and Stroke

Strategic Clinical Network TM

The Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) aims to improve the prevention, treatment and management of vascular disease, bringing together programs and services that care for cardiac and stroke patients and their caregivers.

We are a province-wide team of health care professionals, researchers, community leaders, patients and policy makers, which aims to reshape heart and stroke care in Alberta.


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Quick Reference

Contact Us

General Inquiries


Getting Involved

Ideas and input of all stakeholders, including patients and families, are welcome:

Network Members

Network Leadership

  • Dr. Jim Stone
    Senior Medical Director
  • Shelley Valaire
    Senior Provincial Director
  • Balraj Mann
    Executive Director
  • Dr. Colleen Norris
    Scientific Director
  • Dr. Christiane Job McIntosh
    Assistant Scientific Director
  • Agnes Lehman
    SCN Manager


To see who is involved check out our core membership list


News, Updates


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News Releases

Alberta's stroke teams slash time to diagnose, treat patients March 6, 2017
Provincewide improvement initiative reduces average ‘door-to-needle’ time by half

Projects, Priorities

Project Storyboards


Related Resources


  • STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Reperfusion Orders set and Rural Transfer Guidelines
    For use in all emergency departments to assist health professionals and physicians to make better and quicker decisions for patients having this type of heart attack. If you are a health professional,, learn more about this order set by viewing a recording. If you’re a physician, you may receive continuing medical education credits. You can access these orders through the Provincial Forms site using form number CH-0454.
  • RxEACH Study
    See how community pharmacists help patients reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke with the RxEACH study (The Alberta Vascular Risk Reduction Community Pharmacist Project) Patients benefited with reduced heart attack and stroke risk, improved blood pressure and blood sugars, and reduced cholesterol and tobacco use.
  • Heart Failure in Primary Care | Dr. Justin Ezekowitz
    Dr. Justin Ezekowitz is on faculty as a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, Director of the University of Alberta Cardiovascular Research Institute, and Co-Director of the Canadian VIGOUR Centre at the University of Alberta. He is a cardiologist at the University of Alberta Hospital and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. His research and clinical focus is on heart failure. He is involved in numerous clinical trials in heart failure as a site investigator, and on the steering or executive committee for several multicenter international trials. He is also involved in the design leadership and implementation of several investigator-initiated trials funded through governmental and non-governmental research agencies. In addition, he works with population health, registry-data and other data sources on clinically applicable research using advanced data analytics around health system change and disease risk. Video link.


Research, Innovation

Getting Involved