The Heart Institute marks its 45th Anniversary

Help us celebrate you! In 1976, the Heart Institute opened its doors in Ottawa and 2021 marks its 45th Anniversary. When is your unique heart anniversary? At the Foundation, we are eternally grateful for the courage and grace of patients who are willing to open their “hearts” to those around them and share their heart health journey. As we celebrate the Heart Institute’s anniversary, let us celebrate…

Posted on January 25, 2021

Wear Red Canada!

Proudly hosted by the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance and funded by the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, Wear Red Canada Day is celebrated annually across Canada on February 13th to raise awareness about women’s heart health. Events are held across the country to serve as a reminder for all Canadians, but especially Canadian women, to be mindful, curious, and proactive in the management of our heart…

Posted on January 18, 2021

Paint The Town Red With us

There are several ways that you can get involved with Heart Month:  Hunt for Hearts– REGISTER TODAY  PULSE Charity Stream– Host or tune into an existing stream  Fundraising Initiatives– Support or Host one in your community  Paper Hearts– Sell or purchase them  Light Up RED- Light your business up RED throughout February.  Knitted Hearts– Sell or purchase Knitted Hearts greeting cards.  Text to Donate–…

Posted on January 18, 2021

No green light for cannabis two years post-legalization

During a joint plenary session centred around substance use and heart health, Dr. Bob Reid of the UOHI and Dr. Michael Givertz of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, contemplated whether the cardiovascular benefits of cannabis outweigh the risks. Dr. Reid’s message to patients is still one of caution: “If you’re not currently a cannabis user, there is no reason to go out and become one,”…

Posted on December 8, 2020

Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit 2021

We are excited to announce the 3rd Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit (CWHH Summit) to be held virtually on February 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2021. The Summit is being hosted by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This Summit is the only one of its kind in the world that brings together national and international health professionals and…

Posted on December 8, 2020

Celebrating the Holidays – Recipe Favourites

Holidays this year are likely to look a little different as we keep our distance to keep each other healthy.  Even with smaller gatherings, food – both making and eating it – can be a large part of holiday traditions. Wherever home is for you during the holidays, here are some tips to help you celebrate them in a heart healthy way.   Have a…

Posted on November 19, 2020

UOHI wants your input on Patient Resources!

At the UOHI, we believe that patients and caregivers are equal and active team members in patient care. To that end, patient guides, videos, booklets, tracking tools and other resources are created to help you and your loved ones actively and fully take part in decision-making about your care. Please help us by completing the following short survey (should take about 5 – 10…

Posted on November 17, 2020

JUMP IN™ – Thank you for $155,000!

In September, the Heart Institute Foundation, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, brought us JUMP IN™ – a new virtual event supporting women’s heart health. The challenge was to complete 30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days. Over 2,000 participants across Canada completed more than 1.8 million minutes of activity! $155,000 was raised to support the Ottawa Heart Institute and the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre.

Posted on November 10, 2020

Virtual Cooking Class: Chicken Scallopini and Seasonal Vegetables

You are invited to join us for our Patient Alumni virtual cooking class on Tuesday, November 17th at 5:30 pm.  Chef Samir Elamri will lead us through the creation of this savoury dish that you can make at home.  At the end of the event, you can enjoy your homemade masterpiece! How will this work? Register for this FREE virtual event (at the link…

Posted on October 26, 2020

Results from the Patient Alumni Social Media Survey

This summer we surveyed our readers regarding our social media channels – thanks to everyone who responded!  Here’s what we learned. Based on survey responses, of the three social media platforms that the Patient Alumni Association is using, Facebook is the primary platform used.  Only small groups of alumni follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Readers confirmed that they’re interested in seeing posts on…

Posted on September 16, 2020

What’s for Lunch?

Whether you’re thinking about school lunches, trying to plan ahead for the workweek or simply trying to maintain a healthy pattern of eating, lunch is an important meal that helps fuel your body throughout the day. The UOHI Top 10 Tips for Healthy Eating and the Eating Healthy section on the Prevention & Wellness Centre website are great reference tools and provide many suggestions…

Posted on September 15, 2020

Living in COVID Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has been many things – concerning, unprecedented and full of unknowns – and there has been a wide range of reactions and approaches to dealing with it. We interviewed four individuals – all heart patients – who generously shared their experiences of this time so far. Their stories present a few of the many diverse ways that our community has been…

Posted on August 25, 2020