Saving lives through early detection & prevention


Free Public Forum

Join us for an enlightening evening dedicated to empowering you with knowledge about heart health. The forum will feature experts and patients from SAVE BC who are passionate about early detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

This forum is an opportunity not only to learn but to ask questions and engage directly with specialists. Whether you’re concerned about your own heart health or that of a loved one, our forum offers valuable insights and advice.


April 16, 5-7 PM

Kelowna Downtown Library, 1380 Ellis Street (Virtual Option Available)
  • 5:00 PM: Welcome and Introduction to SAVE BC
  • 5:15 PM: Understanding Your Heart Health – Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies
  • 5:45 PM: The Power of Early Detection – Navigating Your Path to a Healthier Heart
  • 6:15 PM: Personal Stories of Triumph – Learning from Those Who’ve Faced Heart Disease Head-On
  • 6:45 PM: Q&A Session – Your Questions Answered by Our Experts
  • Snacks & refreshments provided.


The Study to Avoid cardioVascular Events in British Columbia (SAVE BC) program aims to identify and support individuals at risk of premature cardiovascular disease through early detection, intervention, and education. By focusing on those with a family history of early heart disease, SAVE BC strives to prevent future cardiac events and improve heart health across British Columbia.

SAVE BC is led by a team of experienced and passionate healthcare professionals. With the support of an experienced steering committee and various other collaborators, the program aims to uncover new answers and treatments for those diagnosed with premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

“The goal of SAVE BC is to enable the identification of novel disease markers and predictors, and ultimately, inform preventative and therapeutic opportunities for patients and families across BC.”

Dr. Frank Halperin, Medical Director of Cardiology, SAVE BC Principal Investigator - Kelowna

Between 500-1000 people in BC are diagnosed with premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease every year.
Cardiovascular disease takes a life in Canada every 7 seconds.
Close relatives of these patients are up to 10x more likely to develop atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Concerned About Your Heart Health?

Early detection can make all the difference. SAVE BC encourages at-risk individuals to initiate conversations with their physicians about cardiovascular risk assessments. You can download a letter below to take you your physician. This includes a comprehensive blood work panel tailored to identify key markers associated with premature cardiovascular disease. 

What the Blood Work Involves:

  • Lipid Panel/Apolipoprotein B: Crucial for assessing cholesterol levels and other fats in the blood, indicators of heart disease risk.
  • Lipoprotein (a): A genetic marker that can significantly impact your risk profile.

Funding SAVE BC

SAVE BC relies heavily on philanthropy to continue its mission to prevent premature cardiovascular disease through education, research, and early intervention. Each donation, no matter the size, helps to reach more individuals at risk, providing them with the knowledge and tools necessary for early detection and a healthier future.

Your Donation Funds:

  • Education and Awareness: Increases public knowledge about heart disease risks and prevention.
  • Research: Supports ongoing studies to find new ways to identify and treat at-risk individuals.
  • Community Programs: Funds initiatives that offer support and information directly to those in need.

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