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Appointment of Dr. Andrew Krahn

Appointment of Dr. Andrew Krahn

Dr. Andrew Krahn has been appointed the Sauder Family and Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiology, and the Paul Brunes UBC Professor in Heart Rhythm Disorders.
Supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Sauder family, the Brunes family, the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, Cardiac Services BC, Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia, Dr. Krahn becomes the new Head of the Division of Cardiology in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, as well as Head of the Vancouver General Hospital Pacemaker Clinic.
Dr. Krahn’s responsibilities for building research and teaching capacity in cardiology will extend across the entire province. In addition, he will treat patients -- mainly through the implantation of heart rhythm devices -- and pursue his own research into inherited arrhythmias. His clinical duties, research, and leadership role will converge in the creation of a province-wide network of clinics to diagnose and treat people with that condition – estimated to number about 7,000 in B.C.
Dr. Krahn was recruited back to the province from the University of Western Ontario. He is an internationally recognized expert in the management of cardiac arrhythmias, the genetic causes of arrhythmias, causes of loss of consciousness and implantable heart rhythm devices.
In Ontario, Dr. Krahn undertook a national study funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation that detected rare genetic conditions in children and adults who have experienced a sudden cardiac arrest, as well as their family members, who may appear perfectly healthy. Once a genetic condition is identified, a potentially fatal cardiac arrest can be prevented through medication (typically beta-blockers) or implantable defibrillators.
Dr. Krahn is working to create a similar, province-wide network that would refer individuals with inherited arrhythmia – and their relatives – to a clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital or Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, or use telemedicine technologies to provide remote examinations and counseling. The organizers expect that for every individual who has been identified due to an event (such as loss of consciousness), four more at-risk family members will be detected.
 “I am honoured to join the B.C. cardiovascular health care team, and eager to provide direction for the superb collection of physicians, nurses and other specialists who are helping heart patients live longer and better lives,” Dr. Krahn said. “Besides seeing patients at both Vancouver General and St. Paul’s Hospitals, I am keen to promote discovery, innovation and the use of that knowledge to advance our understanding of heart disease, and to deliver better care in a lifelong learning environment.”