Dr. Chi-Ming Chow
Dr. Chi-Ming Chow is an attending staff cardiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a full 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. He 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. He is the Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at St. Michael’s Hospital. Currently, he a past 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. He 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 and investigating new technologies in non-invasive imaging. He also works on using artificial intelligence/machine learning to improve cardiac imaging and patient care.
He had won multiple local and national teaching awards to recognize his teaching and innovation in medical education. Some of his awards include the CSE achievement award in 2017, 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.
He is a media spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation; and the 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.
心房顫動atrial fibrillation，在加拿大大概有三十萬人有這個症狀。當你有心房顫動，你中風的機會會增加二至五倍， 所以很重要諮詢你的家庭醫生或心臟科醫生關於心房顫動的治療方法，尤其是減低你中風的機會。當你有心房顫動，你中風的機會增加了二至四倍，所以非常重要評估你中風的機率，而每個人是不一樣的。在加拿大，我們有一個評估中風機會的方案－CHADS 。通常要是你是超過六十五歲，醫生會提議你吃抗凝血劑。要是你少於六十五歲，我們會評估你有沒有心臟衰竭丶高血壓丶糖尿病丶或者是有沒有中風的歷史。要是你有以上的情況，我們會提議你吃抗凝血劑。要是你沒有以上的情況，我們會看你以前有沒有冠心血管疾病丶心臟病丶中風丶或者周邊血管的疾病。要是你有這些問題，我們會建議你吃阿斯匹靈。要是沒有以上的問題，通常是不需要吃阿斯匹靈或者抗凝血劑。其實市面上有兩種抗凝血劑，傳統的抗凝血劑叫沃法令，這種藥我們用了超過三丶四十年。可是吃這種藥需要經常驗血，檢查INR值，而且可能會跟有些食物和藥物產生相互和抗衡作用。這種藥影響流血，引致腦內出血丶顱內出血的機會也比較高。新型抗凝血劑對於食物和其他藥物的相互作用也比較少出血，尤其是顱內出血，或者其他出血引致死亡的機會也會相對減低。新型藥可以一天吃一次或者兩天吃一次。但它的有效時間比較短，所以很重要定時吃藥，不能忘記吃藥。當你有心律不齊，除了要評估你中風的風險和醫治你的症狀，注意日常生活，比如飲食丶健康的體重，要是你不知道正常的體重，你可以諮詢你的醫生丶護士丶藥劑師丶營養師丶運動專家。盡量不要酗酒，男士每天兩杯或以下和女士每天一杯或以下。要是你被診斷患有心律不齊，你可以跟你的家庭醫生討論中風的風險，有沒有需要服藥減低症狀以及衡量有沒有需要吃抗凝血劑。你可以諮詢你的醫生丶專科醫生丶護士丶藥劑師關於抗凝血劑的資料