• Armstrong, Kathryn


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
    Pediatric Cardiologist

    Degrees / Designations

    BSc, MBChB, MD

    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Jennifer Chuon
    Assistant Phone
    Mailing Address
    Children's Heart Centre

    Room 1C49
    4480 Oak Street 
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Heart Function
    • Pediatric Heart Transplant
    • Dysautonomia of Adolescence

    As a pediatric cardiologist with a specialist interest in heart function and transplant medicine I am interested in disease processes  and management of children with end stage heart failure and pediatric heart transplantation. Specifically I am interested in the long term follow up of these children. I have a long standing interest in exercise physiology and quality of life especially in children following heart transplant.  I am also interested in the autonomic nervous system and the benefit of exercise in children with dysautonomia.

    Current Projects

    As part of my Heart Function research to date I sought to determine whether the existing Adult Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Calculator to Predict Risk of Sudden cardiac death could be applied directly to the HCM Pediatric population at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Results showed that this calculator allowed us to risk stratify these patients, which we presented at AHA  in  November 2016. Our current project is to participate in a multi centre retrospective study across North America to explore this further with the hope of being able to risk stratify and predict which of our patients with Hypertophic cardiomyopathy are at risk of having a sudden cardiac event, and in whom would benefit from early intervention such as implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion.

    We recently completed a study on the effect of an 8-week body weight exercise program on the quality of life in adolescents with dysautonomia. We showed a dramatic effect of exercise on the quality of life of these children and this research will be ongoing through the newly established Dysautonomia Clinic.

    Our transplant team is involved in multiple studies on the physical health, exercise capacity, quality of life, and overall long-term health in pediatric transplant recipients. Coronary Allograft Vasculopathy (CAV) is one of the leading causes of death in pediatric transplant patients. To date, there is no clear way to detect CAV in these patients. One of my research focuses will be to look at the early detection of CAV in pediatric transplant patients. 

    Selected Publications

    K Armstrong, O.Franklin,D Sweetman, EJ Molloy.Cardiovascular dysfunction in infants with Neonatal Encephalopathy. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2012; 97(4):372-5

    D.Sweetman, K Armstrong, J Murphy, EJ Molloy. Cardiac Biomarkers in Neonatal Hypoxic Ischaemia. Acta Paediatrica 2012;101(4):338-43

    K Armstrong, O ’O Mahony, L Farah, D Webb. New-onset migraine following closure of atrial septal defects in children. Cephalagia.2014; 34(11):938-9

    K Armstrong & AT Cote, AM Devlin, KC Harris. Childhood Obesity, Arterial Stiffness, and Prevalence and Treatment of Hypertension. Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular medicine 2014;16(11):339-353

    K Armstrong, AM De Souza, P Sneddon, JE Potts, VE Claydon, S Sanatani. Exercise and the Multidisciplinary Holistic Approach to Adolescent Dysautonomia. Accepted for publication in Acta Pediatrica. January 2017


    iACT Clinical Investigator Trainee Synergy Grant

    Honours & Awards

    Child &Family Research Institute Outstanding Achievement by a Clinical Sub-specialty Resident or Fellow 2015

    Laura McRae Award: Department of Pediatrics, BC Children’s Hospital Subspecialty Resident/Fellow Award for Excellence in Pediatric Medicine 2015

    ITCC award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence in Pediatric Cardiology 2015

    1st prize: Irish Pediatric Association Gold Medal, Belfast April 2012. National award for research at annual IPA meeting

    1st prize: National Children’s Research Centre Open Day, May 2012. National award for Trainees involved in clinical research

    Research Group Members

    De Souza, Astrid.  Clinical Exercise Physiologist