Published on Fri, 07/17/2020 by HeartLife Foundation

Canadian heart failure patients get connected with Virtual National Patient Workshop

HeartLife Foundation is pumping life into heart health awareness

VANCOUVER, BC –/COMMUNITYWIRE/– The HeartLife Foundation is hosting a patient engagement learning workshop to connect heart failure patients with one another, local resources, and to raise awareness to support research and access to better care and therapy. As Canada’s first and only patient-led heart failure organization, the foundation is raising awareness with patients, families and caregivers to improve access to heart health care, and save lives.

WHAT: Virtual National Patient Workshop

WHEN: Friday, July 24th, 2020 from 12pm-4pm ET

WHERE: Zoom Webinar (pre-registration required)

For half of Canadians who are told they have heart failure, the diagnosis is a death sentence. But it doesn’t have to be.  More than 600,000 Canadians are living with heart failure. The chronic condition describes a weakened heart that doesn’t perform the way it should.  The mortality rate for the disease is sobering: half of the 50,000 Canadians diagnosed each year don’t live beyond five years. Survival is improved through education, awareness, and access to specialist health care and therapy.

This event will include guests speakers from both the medical and advocacy community, as well as panel discussions, Q&As, and issue discussions where community members may find more support and connection. 

Presenters and Speakers at the Virtual National Patient Workshop will include:


Marc Bains, BBA Co-Founder and Vice President, HeartLife Foundation

A heart transplant recipient diagnosed with heart failure at the age of 23, he holds a BBA in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is an independent financial advisor and marketing consultant for startups and is extraordinarily passionate about promoting a coordinated approach to heart failure in Canada.


Dr. Vidya Raj, BSc (Hons), MB ChB

Dr. Raj’s clinical areas of expertise include conversion disorders, mood disorders, and the psychiatric management of patients with heart disease. She often collaborates on clinical research projects with her husband Dr. Satish Raj, a cardiologist and clinical researcher who studies human physiology in patients with autonomic dysfunction.  

Kristy Wolfe

Kristy Wolfe’s experience as a medical mom lies at the heart of her passion for documentary style photography. Based in Canmore, Alberta with her husband and two sons, Kristy has been telling stories through photography for the past 8 years.

Kristy’s background as a teacher inspires her love for mentoring others. She regularly speaks at conferences and enjoys working with both kids and adults to create visual stories and develop personal photography projects.

More speakers are being added to the roster in the coming days and will be announced.

For more information about the HeartLife Foundation, or to schedule media interviews about heart failure and the community workshop please contact the HeartLife team at: or Catherine Keill at 780 690 5283.

For more information about the Foundation, visit