Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in women. But due to systemic bias and shortcomings in conventional approaches, prevention strategies do not target women as well as they should—and few of these strategies are used in primary health care, where most women first interact with the health system.
As Canada Research Chair in Advanced Digital Primary Health Care, Dr. Samira Abbasgholizadeh-Rahimi is investigating what role digital health and artificial intelligence could play in preventing cardiovascular disease in women. She and her research team are synthesizing current evidence and developing sex- and gender-sensitive, AI-powered tools for use in primary care settings. Ultimately, their findings will help improve quality of life and longevity for millions of Canadian women.