Vascular Health

For vascular disease, the prevalence is high, the risk of developing the disease is high, the cost to the health and quality of life of people with the disease is high and the cost to the health care system is high.

Generally, vascular disease includes: cardiovascular (heart disease); cerebrovascular (brain disease) including vascular dementia and stroke; and, peripheral vascular disease. Vascular diseases remain the leading cause of preventable death in adult Canadians. Nine out of every ten Canadians over age 20 have at least one risk factor for vascular disease, while, one in three have more than one risk factor which include overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, type 2 diabetes, and smoking.

Living Well With Diabetes – What you should know

Whether you’ve been living with diabetes for a long time or newly diagnosed, it’s important to have as much information as possible to better understand your condition and how to manage your diabetes. This guide aims to provide introductory information you need to know to live a full, healthy life with diabetes. This guide is not intended to replace other diabetes education that can be provided by your local health care provider or diabetes education program. View the guide HERE.

Vascular Scorecards

As an outcome of Central East LHIN Cardiac, Diabetes, and Stroke Sub-Committees’ 2019/20 work plans, the need to access timely data within each clinical portfolio emerged as a key priority. Each scorecard (or dashboard) captures key metrics and indicators relating to the performance of the Cardiac, Diabetes, and Stroke portfolios within the Central East LHIN. 

Cardiac Scorecard

  • The Cardiac Scorecard is an interactive tool, which depicts both Central East LHIN system-level data, as well as hospital specific data. 
  • This Scorecard serves as a beneficial tool for local and systems planning by capturing CorHealth data, cardiac re-admissions rates, cardiac rehabilitation data, Telehomecare data, and system level indicators in one interactive dashboard format. 

Diabetes Scorecard

  • The Diabetes Scorecard is an interactive dashboard, which has indicators from the Diabetes Education Programs (DEPs), Central East LHIN Self-Management Program, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) data. 
  • This scorecard allows Health System Providers (HSPs) providers to examine how they are performing on a quarterly basis, in addition to providing information on system level indicators. 

Stroke Scorecard

  • The Stroke Scorecard indicators are derived from CorHealth’s Central East LHIN Stroke Report-card. 
  • Currently, data from CorHealth’s Stroke Report-card is only available once a year, with the latest data being from two fiscal years behind the current fiscal year. 
  • This data, although important, does not accurately reflect the current performance of the stroke system. The lack of timely stroke data have often made stroke systems planning difficult, as current stroke system changes and planning initiatives are not reflected. 
  • With the creation of Stroke Scorecard, current up-to-date data will be made available quarterly and serve as a valuable decision making tool for those involved in the stroke portfolio, designated stroke centers and HSPs. 

Building on Key Accomplishments

Integral to improving vascular health is the Central East LHIN Vascular Health Coalition, formed and funded by the Central East LHIN to improve the coordination and delivery of vascular health services for residents. The following are a number of vascular health priority projects and investments which contribute to Vascular Health:

Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program 

  • provides a regional integrated service utilizing harmonized referral criteria, centralized referral, acceptance and booking for patients with established vascular disease at high risk for cardiovascular complications

Diabetes Education Programs 

  • providing comprehensive management for people with diabetes through interdisciplinary teams of health professionals
  • increasing physician engagement and community outreach and collaboration

Stroke Report Card 

  • Central East LHIN was a top performer for key performance indicators: prevention of stroke, acute stroke management, stroke rehabilitation, measuring above provincial benchmark (2013/14 Stroke Report Card and Stroke Progress Report) and a low performer in other indicators

Learn More

For more information please contact the LHIN at centraleast@lhins.on.ca or any LHIN-funded Health Service Provider