Recognizing Pain as an Early Warning Symptom of Ischemic Cardiovascular Disease: A Qualitative Artistic Representation of the Journey

Dr. Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy (Brock University) is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, in the Department of Nursing at Brock University. She is a Nationally Certified Expert in Cardiovascular Critical Care and holds the National Research Director for the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses. Sheila is a Scientist at the Centre for Research Across the Life Span and the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Wellbeing in St. Catharines, Ontario. Her research program includes: a) patient-focused, clinical research in women’s and men’s cardiovascular health, b) education of patients, healthcare providers and trainees and c) extending reach to create awareness, and mobilize knowledge, to improve the promotion, prevention, treatment and understanding of the human experience of cardiovascular disease. Dr. O’Keefe-McCarthy’s evolving program contains three inter-related areas of focus: 1) to examine and describe cardiovascular disease (CVD) related pain and associated symptoms: [early cardiac prodromal symptoms and acute/chronic symptom presentations], 2) with use of digital health technology design, develop and evaluate interventions to screen for and/or manage pain and other symptoms, and 3) create meaningful knowledge mobilization through use of arts-based research and dissemination.