Dr. Stephen Fort, Cardiologist, Kelowna, BC

Dr. Stephen Fort

Dr. Stephen Fort

MB, ChB, MD, MRCP, FRCP(C)
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Kelowna, BC
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Dr. Stephen Fort Bio

Dr. Stephen Fort Position: Staff - Interventional Cardiologist at Kelowna General Hospital Clinical Assistant Professor –University of British Columbia Dr. Stephen Fort graduated from the University of Leeds, U.K. in 1984. He completed his training at University of Wales Hospital, Royal London Hospital London and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He was British Heart Foundation research fellow at the University College of Wales 1989-91, studying myocardial contract and endothelial function, receiving his MD in 1993. He was also Interventional Cardiology fellow at the Toronto General Hospital 1994-1995. He was appointed Staff Cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre and University of Toronto 1998-2003. Between 2003 and 2009 he was Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. He is currently Staff Cardiologist, specializing in percutaneous coronary intervention, and cardiac and coronary imaging at the Kelowna General Hospital.

Medical and Surgical House Officer: St. James's University Hospital, Leeds, England, 1984–1985

Senior House Officer in General Medicine: Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds, England, 1985–1986

Senior House Officer in Chest Medicine and Haematology: Killingbeck Hospital, Leeds, England, 1986

Registrar in Endocrinology and Senior House Officer in Cardiology: University Hospital, Cardiff, Wales, 1987

Registrar in Nephrology: Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff, Wales, 1987–1988

Registrar in General/Respiratory Medicine and Geriatric/General Medicine: University Hospital, Cardiff, Wales, 1988–1989

Registrar in Cardiology and Gastroenterology: University Hospital, Cardiff, Wales, 1989

Registrar in Cardiology: Royal London Hospital, London, England, 1991–1993

MD: University of Leeds, Leeds, England, 1993

Senior Registrar in Cardiology: Western General Hospital and Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1993–1995

Senior Fellow in Interventional Cardiology: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, ON, 1995–1996

Senior Registrar in Cardiology: Western General Hospital and Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1996–1998

Senior Clinical Fellow in Cardiology: Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science Centre and University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 1998–2000

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Recent Health Talks Authored by Dr. Stephen Fort

  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation and Heart Failure " Denise a 78-year-old retired nurse "

    Denise is a 78-year-old retired nurse, who was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse of her heart. A heart murmur was detected during routine examination prior to her hysterectomy 12 years ago. A cardiac echocardiogram at that time demonstrated severe mitral regurgitation (leak) but she was without heart symptoms and treated conservatively by annual check-ups and repeat ultrasounds.

    12 months ago, Denise developed ‘palpitations’ with breathlessness, but nothing new was found on examination and repeat testing. She was next seen in the emergency department with a 3-month history of gradually increasing breathlessness on exercise, 2 weeks of severe breathlessness (worse at night) with a cough, and ankle swelling but in the absence of symptoms of infection.

    Denise was found to be in uncontrolled (rapid) atrial fibrillation and heart failure. She has a past history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and is an ex-smoker. Her current medications include blood pressure, statin and analgesia. She was treated with intravenous diuretics, and increased blood pressure medication. When she was able to lay flat, repeat echocardiography demonstrated severe mitral regurgitation due to mitral valve prolapse and reduced left ventricular ejection function of 25% (normal >55%). Cardiac catheterization was performed demonstrating diseased coronary arteries. Denise was referred for in-patient mitral valve and coronary artery by-pass surgery, and a MAZE procedure to correct her atrial fibrillation.

    Denise needs to continue seeing her cardiologist for treatment of her atrial fibrillation and heart failure. She will be seeing a heart surgeon about having her mitral valve replaced in combination with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). To help with recovery, Denise should see an athletic therapist at the hospital, a nurse to help her manage her heart failure and a dietitian to help her with diet. It might be wise for her to see a clinical pharmacist since she is on a number of different medications.

  • Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery " Brian a 67-year-old recently retired mechanic with a heart murmur”

    Brian is a 67-year-old recently retired heavy duty mechanic. He was told he had a “heart murmur” as a child but has suffered no other serious illness or operations in the past. He recently noticed breathlessness when walking his dog, initially only up hills, but now on the flat. Brian recently put on weight after having stopped smoking after 35 years but he is otherwise well.

    On examination with his family doctor, Brian's blood pressure is 137/80 mmHg with a heart rate of 72 bpm. His body mass index (BMI) is 32. On detailed questioning, Brian also notes some chest discomfort and lightheadedness while rushing. His only medication is an antacid and some recently prescribed inhalers, but with little symptomatic relief. His family doctor confirms he has a heart murmur, and Brian is referred for an echocardiogram.

    Brian's echocardiogram shows normal heart function but a narrowed aortic valve. Cardiac catheterization confirms severe aortic stenosis, and normal coronary arteries. Brian is referred to a cardiac surgeon for elective heart surgery to replace his narrowed aortic valve. It is also recommended to Brian to see a dentist before surgery and a dietitian to help him improve his diet and weight loss efforts.

Ratings for Dr. Stephen Fort, Cardiologist, Kelowna, BC

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    Have found Dr. Stephen Fort to be an excellent Cardiologist to help me with my AF. He is attentive, on time and takes the time to explain my conditions and options top get a better handle on my weight issue and eating choices. I would recommend Dr. Fort to anyone looking for a good cardiologist in Kelowna. In fact all the cardiologist at Kelowna Cardiology Associates are great.
    Submitted: January 23, 2016
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    Dr. Fort saw me for newly diagnosed heart disease recently. I am very happy with the plan of action he has provided. Not only did he provide me with education on heart disease prevention but has referred me to the appropriate specialists to help me moving forward. Great resources in your video library. Brent in Kelowna
    Submitted: January 21, 2016
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    Found Dr. Stephen Fort the Cardiologist in Kelowna at the Kelowna Cardiology Associates to be extremely educated and highly professional in his approach to my heart condition. he referred me to an local nutritionist for my diet and high sodium intake. cannot say enough good things about Dr Fort or the entire team at Kelowna Cardiology Associates Kelowna, BC ,
    Submitted: January 16, 2016
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    I was very happy with the treatment that I got with Dr. Fort and his team. I was diagnosed with heart disease with a partially blocked artery. I have learned so much about this and what I need to do moving forward from here. Dr. Fort provided me with all of the information and tools I need to start working on my diet, exercise, medications and just how to live a healthier lifestyle. From Diane in Kewlona
    Submitted: January 14, 2016
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    Saw Dr. Stephen Fort the Cardiologist in Kelowna for my heart condition and was impressed with their entire team. Got great information and a plan to move forward with my AF as he called it. Would recommend Stephen and anyone from his team.
    Submitted: January 14, 2016

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