Health and Wellness

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

Risk Factors for Heart Disease: Blood Pressure

What is blood pressure and how is it a risk factor for heart disease? It is the pressure of the blood in the circulatory system and is the measured by two numbers: systolic and diastolic pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease, often known as “the silent killer” if can go undiagnosed for years. Healthy lifestyle changes are the best way…

Posted on November 28, 2016

Helping Men Deal with the Emotional Impact of Heart Disease

  Men and women tend to deal with life changing circumstances differently. Heart disease is no exception, and the issues men experience often are not specifically addressed. “Cultural expectations are that men shouldn’t show any emotions because that’s somehow perceived as weak,” said Heather Tulloch, PhD, a psychologist with Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation at the Ottawa Heart Institute. “As a result, many don’t reach…

Posted on November 20, 2016