“An unprecedented leap forward” in cardiac muscle repair after heart attack

Scientists at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) have cooked up the first human protein gel material capable of repairing damaged heart tissue after a heart attack. The gel, made from recombinant human collagen in the BioEngineering and Therapeutic Solutions (BEaTS) laboratory of the UOHI, is an “unprecedented leap forward” in addressing repair of cardiac muscle after a heart attack, and has the potential to…

Posted on March 16, 2021

Health podcast helps listeners be “heart-wise”

Today, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is releasing the first ten episodes of The Heartwise Podcast, a cardiac prevention and rehabilitation prototype that offers practical and pragmatic advice to the health conscious to help them live healthier and happier lives. Dr. Bob Reid, the deputy head of the UOHI’s Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation, and a behavioural scientist with expertise in smoking…

Posted on March 9, 2021

Cardiac caregivers: The invisible plus ones at the table

Tending to a sick loved one can be fulfilling, and it can bring deep satisfaction to a caregiver. Paradoxically though, staff at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) believe caregiving—and the psychological, emotional, physical, social and financial stresses that may come with it—also poses health risks for the caregiver. Mounting evidence now suggests caregivers (those who provide informal, unpaid care to a loved one…

Posted on February 16, 2021

Gender equality and cardiac rehab: Not a one-size-fits-all solution

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day where women are globally recognized for their contributions and advancements in society. But could their next battle be against gender biases in the way society cares for them? Due to barriers in sport and physical activity over the last century, many female cardiac patients today may not have grown up with the opportunity to participate in structured…

Posted on February 16, 2021

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