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Resuscitation courses for healthcare professionals
Basic Life Support (BLS) +

The fundamental course for healthcare and emergency medical providers.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) +

The preeminent advanced resuscitation course for individuals who routinely respond to cardiac arrest.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) +

Learn to manage sudden cardiovascular emergencies in children and infants.

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) +

Go beyond pediatric BLS. Learn advanced skills to manage cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies in children and infants.

CPR courses for everyone
Heartsaver® CPR AED +

Acquire the skills and confidence to respond to an emergency at home, in public or at work.

First Aid +

Be ready to respond when accidents or injuries occur in the workplace, at home or in other settings.

COVID-19 vaccination statement +

Heart & Stroke strongly recommends that all resuscitation instructors and their students be fully vaccinated in order to create the safest possible teaching and learning environment. Heart & Stroke requires that each credentialled instructor create and implement their own COVID-19 vaccination policy and make it easily accessible to students prior to course registration to help students make an informed decision about their resuscitation education. 

Get the latest CPR and ECC  guidelines
2020 Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care and for First Aid +

Stay up to date on the latest resuscitation and first aid science as reviewed by an international panel of experts and localized for the Canadian context.

Stroke Best Practices resources
Stroke Best Practice Recommendations +

The Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (CSBPR) are intended to provide up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for the prevention and management of stroke, and to promote optimal recovery and reintegration for people who have experienced stroke.

Professional resources +

These tools support the implementation of Stroke Best Practice Recommendations.

Patient and caregiver resources +

Helpful information and tools for patients, families and caregivers.

Taking Action for Optimal Community and Long-Term Stroke Care (TACLS) +

Information to support healthcare providers as they work with people who have had a stroke.

Webinars +

Join our webinars, which are designed to support implementation and dive deeper into the Stroke Best Practice Recommendations.

Resources for patients
Health publications +

Find Heart & Stroke publications on prevention of heart disease and stroke, recovery and more. 

Engagement opportunities and peer support +

Discover how people with lived experience of heart disease or stroke can stay connected through our online peer communities and our e-newsletter.

COVID-19 information +

Find resources and information aimed at people living with a heart condition, stroke or vascular cognitive impairment.

Resources for researchers
Funding opportunities, application processes, peer review and more +

Find useful information for researchers about:

  • grants and awards
  • current funding opportunities
  • latest competition results
  • post award administration
  • peer review
  • health equity 
  • additional resources regarding research newsletter, participation and more
Virtual care resources
Virtual Care Decision Framework +

The Virtual Care Decision Framework has been developed to provide structure and guidance to health professionals and system leaders across disciplines and the continuum of health care as they plan, develop and implement sustainable and scalable systems and processes that fully integrate virtual modalities into care delivery. It incorporates five elements of virtual care. 

A virtual care decision pathway has been created within the framework for practical implementation of virtual care. This pathway encompasses several layers to consider in the decision-making process. View the Virtual Care Decision Framework Infographic

Virtual Stroke Care Implementation Toolkit +

This toolkit has been updated to support healthcare providers in the delivery of stroke care across the continuum via virtual modalities. It provides guidance, considerations and practical tips for delivering virtual care during acute stroke management (acute Telestroke), stroke prevention and rehabilitation services. View the Virtual Stroke Care Implementation Toolkit

Virtual Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Implementation Toolkit +

This toolkit was developed in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR). It aims to support the delivery of cardiovascular rehabilitation and secondary prevention via virtual modalities by providing guidance and practical tips as health professionals integrate teleconferencing, videoconferencing, secure messaging, or audio digital tools into their practice. View the Virtual Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Toolkit

Virtual Healthcare Checklist for patients and caregivers +

This infographic provides helpful tips and strategies for anyone engaged in a virtual care visit with a healthcare provider. This includes for management of stroke and heart conditions in a community setting. Get the Virtual Healthcare Checklist.

Additional resources
Heart & Stroke position and policy statements +

See Heart & Stroke positions on key health policy issues.