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Delivering Cutting-Edge Cardiovascular Care

The New Brunswick Heart Centre is the province's only tertiary cardiac care centre, providing cutting-edge care to a million Atlantic Canadians. The Foundation works with generous donors to equip the Heart Centre team with the latest technology, life-saving equipment and innovation advancing cardiac and vascular care for patients.

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Dr. Zlatko Pozeg NB Heart Centre, Cardiovascular Surgeon

For Moncton’s Norma Melanson, multiple complications with her pacemaker and endocarditis - an infection of the inner lining of the heart chamber and valves - would see her in Saint John to be a first for the New Brunswick Heart Centre.

That’s when Dr. Pozeg stepped in. “He reconstructed the valves,” Norma explains. Surviving the surgery, Norma later slipped into a coma. After 62 days in a coma, “When I woke up, I was expecting Christmas,” says Norma. Instead, a different kind of gift.

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Emma Gallant Grateful Patient

Eight weeks after giving birth, Emma stopped breathing. She was rushed to the Regional and came to the coronary intensive care unit requiring a complex electrophysiological (EP) diagnosis.

Emma is one of a few to be fitted at the New Brunswick Heart Centre with an advanced technology – a subcutaneous ICD or S-ICD, a very specialized pacemaker. She is also a nurse in cardiac rehabilitation.

“It is a personal and professional passion for me, I will be forever grateful that we have the innovative care here that has helped me and so many others. We are very fortunate.”

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Dr. Brent McGrath NB Heart Centre, Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. McGrath began his training in New Brunswick and continued it in Edmonton where he learned a new procedure to plug a leaky heart.

“We now have the ability to actually go in through a vein in the leg and up to the heart and plug the hole that way. That means the patient goes home later that day. They've got a tiny scar on their leg from a small puncture and beyond that, they're back to doing what they were doing before.”

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