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Heart function clinic

Despite advances in medical therapy, heart failure affects over 650,000 Canadians, and the numbers are growing. We provide patients and families with the strategies they need to manage their heart disease so they can improve their quality of life and prevent hospitalization.

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Our Heart Function Clinic treats patients with arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, chest pain and cardiomyopathy. Referrals by a physician are required. Referring physicians can fax 416-480-4209.

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Emergency Room referrals

  • Congestive Heart Failure not requiring urgent admission

Cardiology Ward, CICU, and General Medicine Ward referrals

  • Rapid review of patients discharged with a main diagnosis of heart failure who do not have a cardiologist
  • Rapid review of patients discharged with a main diagnosis of heart failure who have a cardiologist, but cannot be seen by their own cardiologist within 2 weeks of discharge; patients will be seen within 2 weeks of discharge as a bridge to their usual outpatient cardiology care with the intent of reducing re-hospitalizations.

Family physician referrals

  • As an option to an emergency room assessment for decompensated heart failure when indicated for family physicians within Sunnybrook and the North Toronto OHT catchment area. Patients must already have a diagnosis of heart failure.

Transfers from GIM Rapid Referral Clinic

  • Patients who do not have a cardiologist and require ongoing follow up for heart failure

Referrals from other specialists

  • Patients who do not have a cardiologist, and require assistance with management of heart failure due to clinical decompensation

Exclusions include:

  • The clinic is not available to review non-urgent heart failure patients, or arrange a transfer of care from one cardiologist to another.
Referral Information for health-care providers »

Contact and Location

Heart Function Clinic

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue,
A-Wing, 2nd floor, room A216
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 2484
Fax: 416-480-4209
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dr. Stephanie Poon
Medical Director, Heart Function Clinic
Cardiologist, Schulich Heart Centre