What Could Improve Work Sustainability for People with Heart Disease?

Friday January 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET


Fifty percent of heart attacks occur in individuals under the age of 65 and two-thirds survive a cardiac event.

You will learn

  • Common cardiovascular conditions leading to work disability.
  • The personal, workplace, insurance and health care influences on cardiovascular work disability.
  • Workplace and clinical interventions that help to sustain work for persons with heart disease.

Take Home Messages

  • Cardiovascular work disability is a result of a combination of personal and workplace factors.
  • Rehabilitation and medical reassurance are important to restore worker confidence in getting back to work.
  • In the workplace, transitional reintegration programs, accommodation, and workplace health support are valuable in helping workers stay on the job.​

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Hosted by

Fergal OHagan

Fergal O'Hagan, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, ​Trent University, Registered Kinesiologist, College of Kinesiologists, Ontario and Disability Management & Professional Development Consultant, Lifemark Health
Dr. Fergal O’Hagan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Trent University. He is also a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and consults to Lifemark Health around disability management and professional development. Dr. O’Hagan’s experience includes progressive positions in public and private sector health care as a Clinical Kinesiologist, program manager and private practice operator. O'Hagan holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master’s of Science in Adapted Human Biodynamics from McMaster University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Toronto. He has completed post graduate and post doctoral training in work disability prevention research. O’Hagan has researched and published extensively in work disability issues with a variety of clinical populations including individuals suffering from cardiovascular disease. His current research focuses on communication among return to work stakeholders and activities of mental health professionals in work reintegration.

Partially funded by:

British Columbia
This program is pre-approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) for one hour training session.
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