Revolutionizing Cardiovascular Care

The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) is a global leader in cardiac care, continuing to push the boundaries of what’s medically possible. Training more cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and vascular surgeons than any other hospital in Canada, the PMCC is internationally recognized as a leader in education and research, having made breakthrough discoveries in genetics, cardiac drug treatment and protocols, electrophysiology, and cardiac disease management. Devices used at the PMCC to treat heart disease, such as percutaneous valves and bio absorbing stents, are getting smaller and require smaller incisions – thereby allowing the most high-risk individuals to be treated. Canada’s first mechanical heart program, which serves as a bridge to transplant for patients with heart failure, is housed at the PMCC; to date, well over 100 of these devices have been implanted. Recognized across Canada for its innovative approach to patient-centred care, the Multi-Purpose Operating Room at the PMCC gives physicians all the necessary technology and equipment at their disposal to better diagnose and treat patients in a timely and effective manner.


  • First in the world to develop the clinical use of heparin, a drug used to prevent blood clotting during and after surgery
  • Establishing of Canada’s first mechanical heart program, which serves as a bridge to transplant for patients with heart failure
  • First in the world to harvest stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow and transplant these cells into the heart during bypass surgery
  • Transforming care for adult patients born with heart defects through the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program --- the first and largest of its kind in the world.
  • Developed the first pacemaker and the first coronary intensive care unit


  • #1 cause of hospitalization in Canada is heart disease
  • 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease
  • 1.3 million Canadians reported having heat disease in 2007

For more information, or to register, please contact
Irene Salvani at and 416-340-4800 ext. 8585

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