How do I know if I am eligible to participant in the Alliance project?

If you are between 35- 69 years old, you may qualify! Please contact us at 1-866-414-7474 or alliance@phri.ca.

Can more than 1 person join the study within the same family/household?

Yes! If you are between 35- 69 years old, you may qualify! Please contact us at 1-866-414-7474 or alliance@phri.ca.

I’ve received my Heart Disease Risk Report and I’d like to speak with someone about it. Who can I speak to?

Please contact us at 1-866-414-7474 or email us at alliance@phri.ca

How do I see my MR scan?

If you have not received your brief MRI video please email us at alliance@phri.ca  or call the project office at 1-866-414-7474.

If I don’t remember my return token for the incomplete redcap survey, what do I do?

Please email us at alliance@phri.ca we will send you the token with the link within 5 business days.

When I finish my online questionnaires, what is next?

The assessment centre and/or MR centre staff member will contact you to book an appointment. If you have not received a call yet within 2 weeks after submitting your questionnaires online please let us know by calling 1-866-414-7474 or email us at alliance@phri.ca.

Can the Alliance results/assessments substitute for a visit to my doctor?

The Alliance is not a substitute for a trip to the doctor’s office. However, the Alliance study provides you results that may help you in discussing your health options with your family doctor during your next visit.

What should I expect now that I’ve been able to view my Inter Heart Modifiable Risk Score (IHMRS) report?

With your heart health evaluation in hand, you may choose to incorporate lifestyle behavior changes of your liking to improve your cardiovascular risk profile. If there are any concerns you may want to share this information with your family doctor.

Can I show my Heart Disease Risk Report to my family doctor?

We advise participants to share their personal heart disease risk report with their family physician. This may help initiate further discussion during your next visits or check-ups. [Note that this is a score base report where the cholesterol result is based on the ApoB:A1 test, cholesterol results only provided for First Nations sites]

My Heart Disease Risk Report shows that I am low risk. What can I do?

This result indicates a favorable heart health assessment! We advise you to continue making healthy lifestyle choices (e.g. healthy diets, regular exercise).

I participated in the Alliance cohort and went to the assessment visit but I have not yet heard back from the study team. What should I do?

It takes us approximately 3 months to process your assessment value mainly because of the MR image processing time. However please do contact us if you haven’t heard back after 3 months or if you have any concerns. Email us at alliance@phri.ca or call us at 1-866-414-7474.

Do you have other cholesterol test results for my blood?

The cholesterol test in the Alliance Cohort is the ApoB/A1 ratio value, which is reported in your Personal Heart Disease Risk Assessment for First Nations sites only. Other participants may be able to access these results through tests done as part of the original cohort study. The ApoB/A1 ratio Cholesterol test is a strong indicator of the cholesterol balance between LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Apo B is a component of the “bad” cholesterol and Apo A1 is a component of the “good” cholesterol. If your Apo B:A1 ratio result is less than 0.633 then you have no added risk and if it is greater than or equal to 0.984, you have a very high risk of developing heart disease.

Other traditional tests, including the total cholesterol and HDL/LDL cholesterol tests, are not conducted in the Alliance Cohort. They require fasting prior to performing the tests. Furthermore, several studies now show that the ApoB/A1 ratio may be a better heart disease risk predictor than the traditional cholesterol tests.

If you would like to have these traditional cholesterol tests done, we would advise you to contact your family doctor. If you have any other questions regarding your ApoB:A1 ratio test or your other results, we would be happy to answer them.

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