B.C. doctor to study heart health in people with spinal cord injuries

Some 40,000 people in Canada have spinal chord injuries. Heart disease is their No. 1 killer and Dr. Andrei Krassioukov, a principal investigator at the ICORD spinal injury centre, which is supported by UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health, will lead a team of 20 scientists, clinicians and health-care advocates in examining the best ways to shrink the number of fatalities.
“Cardiovascular disease (is) occurring in people with spinal chord injuries at a young age and at higher rates than able-bodied individuals. It’s a disaster,” Krassioukov said. “There are obviously reasons for this.”

Canadian Press, Fri Feb 24 2012, By: Tamsyn Burgmann, Link to full text