Health and Wellness

Celebrate Wear Red Canada on February 13th!

The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA) invites you to wear RED and celebrate the 5th annual Wear Red Canada on February 13th to raise awareness about women’s heart health.  Why? Because heart disease is on the rise and is the leading cause of death for women worldwide. Globally, cardiovascular diseases affect 1 out of 3 women, yet women everywhere are under-studied, under-diagnosed, under-treated,…

Posted on January 25, 2023

UOHI Cardiovascular Rehabilitation During The COVID-19 Pandemic: Using Virtual Models to Provide Best Practice Care

Bonnie Quinlan, Director, Prevention & Rehabilitation Dr. Thais Coutinho, Cardiologist, Chief, Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation, Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre Jennifer Harris, Manager, Out-Patient Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Regional Outreach Programs Background The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the physical, mental and emotional health of all UOHI patients, families and staff. Despite this impact, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Canada and…

Posted on July 25, 2022

Some Refreshing Drink Recipes to Keep your Cool

It’s summertime, which means plenty of hot days and some heat waves. Fluids play many important roles in our body and help to keep us healthy and hydrated.  It’s important to drink enough fluids on hot and humid days, no matter what you’re doing. Hydration is key to keeping your body functioning well and drinking water is the best source.  Remember that not all…

Posted on July 27, 2020

Women’s Heart Health Community Advocate e-Course and Toolkit

The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Women’s Heart Health Community Advocate e-Course and Toolkit which is sponsored by the Patient Alumni.

Posted on July 30, 2019

Esther’s List: Top 10 Tips for Managing Stress

According to Statistics Canada, 23% of Canadians aged 15 and older (an estimated 6.7 million people) reported most days were either ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’. Stress is the mind and body’s response to a perceived threat or stressor, triggering the instinct known as the fight-or-flight response. It can occur when either good or bad things happen in one’s physical environment, personal relationships,…

Posted on November 21, 2018

What’s At Stake

What women, family, caregivers and health care professionals need to know about Women’s Heart Health.  First of a 3 series part on Women’s Heart Health.

Posted on January 14, 2018

10 Tips For A Healthy Sleep

Getting enough sleep improves your overall health. These tips can help you sleep better. Get up at the same time every day… and get up early. Doing this every day, even on weekends, sets your biological clock. It’s the most important change you can make to improve your sleep! Exercise! … But not right before bed. Exercise stimulates us, which can make it hard to sleep…

Posted on January 12, 2018

10 Tips for Emotional Health

All of us have experienced anxiety, sadness, frustration or other negative emotions. While they can cause mental distress, they can also take a toll on your heart health, especially if these feelings are persistent or frequent. Understanding and dealing with our moods is important for both preventing cardiovascular disease and for improving recovery. The Ottawa Heart Institute’s “10 Tips for Emotional Health” are designed…

Posted on January 7, 2018

Flu Shot Can Reduce Risk of Heart Attack

Getting the flu shot can help us avoid all of the uncomfortable symptoms of influenza. But can it do even more than that? Read More On The Beat

Posted on January 4, 2017

Vial of Life

The Vial of Life is the least expensive project funded by the Ottawa Heart Institute’s Patient Alumni association at $0.60 per unit, yet it is highly effective and potentially life-saving. The Vial of Life kit is given to all patients upon discharge from the Ottawa Heart Institute (HI). It consists of a vial (a large plastic pill bottle), an information sheet for your name…

Posted on December 14, 2016