Recruitment for the UOHI Heart Health Registry

              Want to participate in Research at the UOHI?  Here’s an opportunity!  The University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Canadian Woman’s Heart Health Centre is committed to sex- and gender-based research with a focus on novel approaches to the prevention, detection, and management of heart disease among women.   This year we would like to engage more of…

Posted on May 24, 2023

The Burden of Caregiving, by Anne Stolarik

Caregiver burden is a term used to describe the impact on those who care for and support a person’s recovery from a health challenge.  At the Heart Institute, we looked at this concept and tried to identify the components of caregiver burden in a cardiac surgery population and what we could do to try to reduce this.   Our findings surprised us at that time.  It…

Posted on May 24, 2023

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT: Looking for Patient Partners for the UOHI Obesity Guidelines Committee

The UOHI Obesity Guideline Committee is a multi-disciplinary committee working on integrating the new Canadian Guidelines for the management of Obesity into clinical practice within the UOHI. This also includes staff education and resources. We are looking for a few patient partners who would be interested in participating in the committee to bring patient perspectives to this valuable work. The Committee meets once every…

Posted on December 14, 2021

Patient Engagement and the Patient Alumni: ORACLE Research Proposals 2021

To quote the UOHI Strategic Plan, Further Together, patient engagement means that patients and health care providers share ideas and discussions about how to improve care.  Patient-centered care has always been a core objective of the Heart Institute and the UOHI Patient Alumni, and is the reason that four of our Patient Alumni Board members recently had the privilege of participating in the review…

Posted on July 28, 2021


And we are going virtual!  The UOHI Patient Alumni Annual General Meeting is coming:  October 6, 2021, 3:30-5:30 pm.  More information including registration will be coming in the next month’s newsletter.

Posted on June 23, 2021

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT IN ACTION!: Dr. Sun’s Research on Patient-defined Outcomes of Coronary Artery Disease

In the fall of 2019, patient alumni and caregivers volunteered to participate in a research study to identify outcomes that patients truly care about following treatment for coronary artery (heart) disease.  The results of that study have now been published and work continues to build on the insight generated by our patients!   Through a consensus building process, the study participants (patient alumni, family…

Posted on June 22, 2021

Meet the new UOHI Patient Alumni Board Members!  Introducing David “Bud” Cameron.

Under the leadership of Jean Bilodeau, Nancy Lawson, and Stephen Sharp, the Patient Alumni Board solicited applications for vacant Board positions and interviewed applicants in the Fall of 2020, before inviting selected individuals to join the Board. The results are in!  Please join us in welcoming the new Board members, who we will be introducing to you over the next several months. Let’s meet:…

Posted on June 21, 2021

Try the New HeartWise Exercise Mobile App

If you’ve been struggling with your home exercise routine or unsure how to get started with exercise after your heart event, there’s now an App to help. Experts from the Division of Cardiac Prevention at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute have developed a new HeartWise Exercise mobile App with heart patients in mind.  You’ll receive a personalized exercise program, a place to track…

Posted on May 28, 2020

Eating Well while Staying at Home

Mayor Jim Watson: “I’m finding I’m eating a lot more because I’m here at home, nothing going on for the next half hour, I’ll go down and get something to eat.” With everyone spending more time at home these days, it can be challenging to know what to eat – stress, a change in routine, boredom, easy access to the fridge – any of…

Posted on April 16, 2020

Women@Heart Inpatient Peer Support Program

After being diagnosed with heart disease, being able to talk to another woman ‘who has been there’ can make an important difference in a female patient’s emotional recovery. The Women@Heart Inpatient Support Program was developed to meet this need.

Posted on January 3, 2020