Dr. Chi-Ming Chow

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow

MD FPRCP, FACC
Cardiologist
Toronto, ON
Bio & Education  

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow Bio

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow , Cardiologist is an attending staff cardiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. He has an undergraduate degree in computer science from Brown University, USA. He completed his Doctor of Medicine (1990) at McGill University (Montréal, Québec) and a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at McGill University (1997). He completed his training in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Cardiology at McGill University.

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow , Cardiologist   then pursued his clinical and research echocardiography fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University before joining the Division of Cardiology at St. Michael’s Hospital in 2001. Clinically he specializes in non-invasive cardiac imaging, in particular echocardiography and stress echocardiography.

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow , Cardiologist is the Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at St. Michael's Hospital. Currently, he is the president of the Canadian Society of Echo (CSE) and the president of the Chinese Canadian Medical Society (CCMS). He also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently.Dr. Chi-Ming Chow , Cardiologist currently takes care of many GTA Chinese speaking patients in his practice. His academic interests include medical informatics and he has authored many popular medical education software programs (e.g. CardioMath, ECG Made Simple, iCCS for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, iASE Guidelines App for the American Society of Echocardiography, CDA Clinical Practice Guidelines, iSVU Guidelines for the Society for Vascular Ultrasound, and Choosing Wisely Canada). These medical software programs are being used by healthcare professionals and students worldwide. His other current areas of research include ethnic differences in cardiovascular disease, investigating new technologies in non-invasive imaging and using medical informatics to improve patient care.

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow , Cardiologist had won multiple local and national teaching awards to recognize his teaching and innovation in medical education. Some of his awards include the CCS Distinguished Teacher Award in 2015, the Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education presented by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine and the 2009 William Goldie Prize for Innovation by the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed journals and presented in local, national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow , Cardiologist is a media spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation; and the Vice-President of the Chinese Canadian Council, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. He participates actively in health promotion and research among ethnic Chinese. To recognize his service to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, he won the Award for Volunteer Excellence in 2007 and the Rick Gallop Award for Pioneering Leadership in 2008. In 2010, he was awarded the ACCE Best Community Service Award, and in 2012 he was awarded the Chinese Canadian Legend Award by the Asian Business Network Association in recognition of his service to the community.

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( Dr. Chi-Ming Chow, Local Cardiologist Toronto, ON ), may talk about some of the conditions and some of the treatment options shown on the videos. Always talk with your Local Cardiologist about the information you learnt from the videos in regards to Atrial Fibrillation  treatments and procedures the Local Cardiologist could  perform and if they would be appropriate for you. Remember good information from your Local Cardiologist   is the corner stone to understanding your Coronary Microvascular Disease  condition or disease.

Please contact ( Dr. Chi-Ming Chow, Local Cardiologist Toronto, ON ) to enquire if this health care provider is accepting new patients. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, also called an arrhythmia, that can increase your risk of heart failure, stroke, blood clots and other heart conditions. It’s normal to feel stressed and anxious about undergoing a procedure for your atrial fibrillation. Everyone does. But keep in mind that we have a whole team of people involved in order to help reduce your stress and anxiety. Coronary artery disease: As plaque builds up it narrows your coronary arteries, decreasing blood flow to your heart. This decreased blood flow can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations and sweating. A complete blockage can lead to a heart attack. 

Heart disease symptoms depend on the type of heart disease you have. However, there are some common cardiovascular disease symptoms that many people experience including: 

Atrial fibrillation isn't usually life threatening, but it is a serious medical condition that requires treatment. If you experience atrial fibrillation symptoms, consult with your doctor. Your physician may recommend an electrocardiogram to diagnose your heart condition. The goal of atrial fibrillation treatment is to restore your normal heart rate and rhythm and prevent blood clots

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It's important for younger people to be aware of their cardiovascular risk factors, and to do their best to modify them. In particular I think exercise is a critical part of risk reduction, and it's important to have at least half an hour of exercise three times a week. Diet is a big part as well. A low salt diet, low fat diet, high in fruits and vegetables, alcohol moderation is important as well.

And obviously reducing the major risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes control, pays very well long-term dividends. It's important for young people to be informed of their heart disease risk factors and to deal with them before they develop an event rather than after. And, certainly the relationship with their  Cardiologist physician is crucial in terms of long term awareness and control of the risk factors.

Its worth noting that the prognosis for individuals with heart failure can vary depending on the severity of the condition and other factors. Some individuals may experience stable heart failure with minimal symptoms, while others may require more intensive medical interventions. Regular follow-up visits with healthcare professionals are essential to monitor the condition, adjust medications as needed, and provide ongoing guidance and support.

Overall, while heart failure is a serious condition, it can be effectively managed with a combination of medications, lifestyle changes, and support from loved ones. By adhering to the recommended treatment plan and making necessary adjustments to one's lifestyle, many people with heart failure can lead full and enjoyable lives.

  1. Atrial Impulses: In a normal heart rhythm, the electrical impulses that originate in the sinoatrial (SA) node, often referred to as the heart's natural pacemaker, regulate the heart's rhythm. These impulses travel through the atria, causing them to contract and push blood into the ventricles. In atrial fibrillation, the atria quiver or fibrillate rather than contract effectively. This results in a rapid and irregular heartbeat, with electrical signals firing chaotically and haphazardly, potentially reaching rates of up to 400 impulses per minute.

  2. Ventricular Response: Since the atria are not contracting efficiently in AF, the ventricles receive irregular and rapid impulses from the atria. As a result, the ventricles also contract irregularly and at a fast rate (typically between 80 and 180 beats per minute). This irregular and often rapid heartbeat can compromise the heart's pumping function, reducing its ability to effectively move blood through the chambers and out to the body's organs and tissues.

  3. Blood Stasis and Clot Formation: The inefficient contraction of the atria in AF can lead to blood stasis or pooling in the atria. When blood remains stagnant for longer periods, it becomes more prone to forming clots. These clots can develop in the atria and, if dislodged, can travel through the bloodstream. If a clot reaches a cerebral artery in the brain, it can block blood flow and lead to a stroke.

  4. Stroke Risk: Atrial fibrillation is a significant risk factor for stroke. The formation of blood clots in the atria and their potential to cause a stroke underscores the importance of appropriate management and anticoagulation therapy for individuals with AF. Blood-thinning medications, such as anticoagulants, are often prescribed to reduce the risk of clot formation and stroke.

It's crucial for individuals with atrial fibrillation to work closely with their healthcare provider to develop a comprehensive management plan that addresses the underlying causes, controls the heart rhythm, manages symptoms, and reduces the risk of complications such as stroke. Regular medical follow-ups, lifestyle modifications, and adherence to prescribed treatments are key components of managing atrial fibrillation effectively.

Education

  • McGill University
    Doctor of Medicine
    - 1990
  • Masters of Science in Epidemiology at McGill University
    Internal Medicine, Cardiology
    - 1997
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University
    Clinical and Research Echocardiography

Ratings for Dr. Chi-Ming Chow MD FPRCP, FACC, Local Cardiologist, Toronto ON, Heart Failure NOW

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    Dr. Chi-Ming Chow, Cardiologist, Toronto, ON is a great Cardiologist that would I recompensed to anyone.
    Submitted: February 16, 2017
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    Dr. Chi-Ming Chow, Cardiologist, Toronto, ON is an Excellent cardiologist who I would recommend to anyone looking for a good doctor.
    Submitted: December 06, 2016
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    Cannot say enough good things about Dr. Chi-Ming Chow a Cardiologist in Toronto at Sunnybrook hospital in downtown Toronto. Extremely education and gave me lots of good information to get me started on my recovery from a heart attack. Would recommend Dr. Chi-Ming Chow to anyone.
    Submitted: January 14, 2016

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow MD FPRCP, FACC, Local Cardiologist, Toronto ON, Heart Failure NOW

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