Venk Group

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Contact Information

Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy, MBBS, CCFP-EM, MSc
613-998-5555 x17023

Soo-Min Kim
Research Coordinator
613-798-5555 x19347

What We Do

The strategic vision of our program is to improve care of syncope and presyncope by reducing morbidity and mortality using robust risk-stratification. The overall objective of this program is to optimize management of syncope, particularly those at low-risk, in the Emergency Department (ED), at home, and by emergency medical services (EMS). We hope to improve the safety and efficiency of ED management for patients with possible NSTEMI (non-ST elevation myocardial infarction) through optimal use of the contemporary cardiac troponin I (TnI) assay. Important implications of our research include reduction in health care costs through standardization of care and potential for out-of-hospital live cardiac monitoring of at-risk patients.

Selected Publications

Top 5 Publications:

Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Kwong K, Wells GA, Sivilotti MLA, Mukarram MA, Rowe BH, Lang E, Perry JJ, Sheldon R, Stiell IG, Taljaard M. 2016. Development of the Canadian Syncope Risk Score to predict serious adverse events after emergency department assessment of syncope. Canadian Medical Association Journal,188(12): E289-98. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.151469.

Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Stiell IG, Sivilotti MLA, Rowe BH, Mukarram MA, Arcot K, Kwong K, McRae A, Wells GA, Taljaard M. 2017. Predicting Short-Term Risk of Arrhythmia among Patients with Syncope: The Canadian Syncope Arrhythmia Risk Score. Academic Emergency Medicine, 24(11): 1315-1326. doi: 10.1111/acem.13275.

Varosy PD, Chen LY, Noseworthy PA, Miller A, Slotwiner DJ, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V. Pacing as a Treatment for Reflex-Mediated (Vasovagal, Situational, or Carotid Sinus Hypersensitivity) Syncope: A Systematic Review for the 2016 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of Patients With Syncope. A report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Heart Rhythm Society. 2017. American College of Cardiology, Circulation and Heart Rhythm. 2017 Mar 9. pii: CIR.0000000000000500. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 70(5): 664-679. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2017.03.004.

Syed S, Gatien M, Perry JJ, Chaudry H, Kim S-M, Kwong K, Mukarram M, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V. 2017. Prospective Validation of a Clinical Decision Rule to Identify Emergency Department Chest Pain Patients Who Can Safely be removed from Cardiac Monitoring: The Ottawa Chest Pain Cardiac Monitoring Rule. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 189(4): E139-E145. doi:

Sheldon RS, Morillo CA, Krahn AD, O’Neill B, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V. 2011. Standardized approaches to the investigation of syncope – a position paper of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. The Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 27(2): 246-253. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2010.11.002.

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