Heart Institute takes part in nationwide stroke research

The Ottawa Heart Institute is partnering in a $24 million research project that will look at conditions that lead to stroke and how to prevent and treat them.

Hospitals across the country will help develop $18 million in research into atrial fibrillation and another $6.4 million will go to studying vascular conditions.

Ottawa Heart Institute Dr. Peter Liu says this investment will have both health and economic benefits.

"We really have a big opportunity in order to relieve a lot of suffering and, you know, people end up in hospitals for these complications, at the same time you can save health care costs," he said.

The research is slated to take up to four years but some, including research into which are the best treatments, could be complete in just two.

The funding comes in part from the federal government through the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the rest is through charitable organizations and pharmaceutical companies.

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