Sohrab Lutchmedial Death – Obituary: Former Director of the Interventional Cardiology program at the New Brunswick Heart Centre, Sohrab Lutchmedial has passed away. Sohrab died on November 9, 2021. However, information regarding his cause of death is still sketchy.
In a lengthy post, Jeff Sands honor the life and death of his dear friend, Dr. Sohrab Lutchmedial. He wrote;
“I wanted to share a great story about my friend Sohrab Lutchmedial who died this morning.
Back in 1996 I was an emergency medicine resident and on my way to work one morning I heard on the radio that The Tragically Hip, my favorite band in the world was going to be doing a surprise show that night at a small venue in Montreal. I started calling anyone who I could think of to beg them to go down and get me tickets as they were only being made available to people in person and only two tickets each.
After striking out on a few I reached Sohrab who I later learned I had woken up after a long night on call. Without asking me anything more than where and when he promised to head down and get me the tickets. What he didn’t know was that in order to prevent resale of tickets, your picture was taken at the point of sale and printed on the ticket so now he had to go. What I didn’t know was that he didn’t even know the band that well but now he was going.
We had a great time at an amazing show and to this day I still have my ticket as a reminder of a great story but also as a testament to exactly the kind of selfless person he was. Someone who would without question get out of bed and go buy tickets to a show he didn’t intend to go to for a friend but then had to and then went willingly and loved every moment.
I’ll miss you my friend with your love of
Life, of music and your deep un abiding love for all your friends.”
Sohrab Lutchmedial obtained his biology degree from Queens University and then his medical degree from McGill University in 1993. He further trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at McGill. He was certified as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Internal Medicine (1996) and in Cardiology (1999). He completed subspecialty training in Interventional Cardiology at l’Université de Montréal in 2001.
Sohrab is the director of the Interventional Cardiology program at the New Brunswick Heart Centre, sits on the New Brunswick Heart and Stroke board and is the Atlantic representative for the Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiologists. Dr. Lutchmedial is co-founder of the outcomes research group CoVeR-NB (www.cvrnb.ca) and a founding member of the IMPART research cooperative (https://impart.team/).
He acts as Editor-in-Chief of the New Brunswick Heart Centre newsletter ‘Heartbeat’ and creates medical teaching videos for the New Brunswick Heart Centre patient population. His research interests include Acute Coronary Syndromes, adolescent cardiac risk factors and disease, and coronary physiology. He speaks both French and English.
Sohrab Lutchmedial Obituary and Funeral Service arrangements are still pending…
As an Interventional Cardiologist…
As an Interventional cardiologist, Dr. Sohrab Lutchmedial expects to see many people in their 50s and 60s seeking treatment in the aftermath of a heart attack. Yet over the past decade there’s been a shift, so that he and his colleagues now see more and more people in their 30s and 40s.
“The combination of unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and genetic factors is driving a trend to younger people having heart disease,” says Dr. Lutchmedial, an associate professor in the Division of Cardiology at Horizon Health Network and Dalhousie Medical School Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB). “We can’t wait until people are in their 30s to address their risk—by then it could be too late.”
Dr. Lutchmedial wants to know if working with teenagers in schools can help cut heart-disease risk for the next generation. He and his colleagues have launched a research project with grade ten students at two schools in the Saint John NB area to see.
“We start with a baseline assessment of blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index,” Dr. Lutchmedial says. “We’ve found a significant number of kids have risk factors for heart disease.” These students and their families receive health report cards that recommend follow-up with the family doctor and invite the to take part in a six-month education and exercise program at school.
“If we can demonstrate improvements in the students’ overall health and self-esteem, we will appeal to the Government of New Brunswick to roll out a school-based cardiac risk-reduction program across the province,” Dr. Lutchmedial says. “This is how we feel we can have the most impact on the future.”
For patients in the here and now, Dr. Lutchmedial is involved in numerous clinical trials and outcomes studies. He also collaborates with Dr. Ansar Hassan, Dr. Keith Brunt, Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil and Dr. Petra Kienesberger on studies to identify the molecular determinants of heart disease.