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

A message from The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre National Alliance

Heart attack symptoms are not recognized in over 50% of women. Women are more likely to present with 3 or more symptoms in addition to chest pain. If you think someone is having a heart attack, seek immediate medical attention.  SYMPTOMS OF HEART ATTACK MOST OFTEN REPORTED BY WOMEN Chest pain or discomfort (ex. pressure, tightness, or burning) Pain in the jaw, neck, arm, or…

Posted on March 21, 2023

Patient Stories: Kevin Ryan, Pakenham, Ontario

Hello! I am from out of town (Pakenham) and it is approaching a year since my stay at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. I am just now getting back on my feet financially after Covid and my heart attack and I plan to donate as much as I can to the UOHI through direct donations and Lotteries like the Heart and Stroke Lottery….

Posted on March 21, 2023

February is Heart Month

February is Heart Month is a time to come together to raise funds and awareness for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. This February, you can support one of Canada’s most distinguished heart health centres by making a donation or raising funds on its behalf. Every dollar makes a difference in the fight against heart disease. Here are just a few ways you can…

Posted on January 25, 2023

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

Steve Sharp’s Halloween

I have a love for Halloween, a 40 year passion that has taken me into a quasi Thespian state of mind each year.  To have a neighbourhood Halloween home is a joy.  To have kids return excitedly year after year, sometimes being driven by their parents after they have moved away, does my heart wonders. Each year the house, and the actors change. The…

Posted on November 23, 2022

Patient Engagement in Action: Informed Consent in Research

In 2017 I was scheduled to undergo heart surgery at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) and was asked to sign a consent form acknowledging that the risks associated with the surgery had been fully explained to me, and that I understood and accepted them. This notion of informed consent is an extremely powerful one in health care – and in research involving…

Posted on October 25, 2022

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

Using Interactive Voice Response Technology in the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Women’s Heart Health Clinic to Improve Patient Care and Clinical Outcomes.

                This project is being funded by the UOHI Patient Alumni: Another example of Patient Engagement in Action! Authors: Nazli Parast, RN Bonnie Quinlan, RN Dr. Thais Coutinho Dr. Amelie Paquin Description: Women with microvascular dysfunction have higher rates of myocardial infarction and death. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA) disease…

Posted on April 27, 2022


The Orgamites are a colourful team of animated organs that represent the most-donated part of the body and they’ve now arrived in Canada. Featured in films, games and learning tools, these lovable characters help kids (and their parents) to connect with and appreciate the roles of their organs, while learning about organ donation as well as how to take better care of their health,…

Posted on March 30, 2022

Get Ready for Wear Red Canada – February 13th!

Wear Red Canada is celebrated annually across Canada on February 13th to raise awareness about women’s heart health. Events are held online and across the country to serve as a reminder for everyone in Canada, especially women, to be mindful, curious, and proactive in the management of their heart health and wellness. Did you know? Heart disease is on the rise and is the leading cause of…

Posted on January 26, 2022