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The Beat Interviews Dr. F. Daniel Ramirez

    Dr. F. Daniel Ramirez is a cardiac electrophysiologist and clinician-scientist in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI). He bounced around between Kingston and Ottawa while completing his early medical training, and later studied in Bordeaux, France, before returning to the UOHI. The Beat caught up with Dr. Ramirez to learn more about his journey to becoming a…

Posted on April 16, 2021

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is going virtual again in 2021!

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is back virtually once again for 2021. Help support the groundbreaking research being done at the Heart Institute by participating in Team Heart. Be part of Team Heart and run for research! Raise more than just your heartbeat and contribute to cardiac innovation one step at a time. REGISTER Don’t forget to choose the “University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation…

Posted on April 15, 2021

“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

For the Love of Your Heart!

February is the month dedicated to the heart.  There are many ways to love and care for your heart and the hearts of those you love.  Food is one way of loving your heart because it has the power to deliver much needed nutrients that benefit the heart and overall health.  Whether you have a sweetheart to cook a romantic meal for or want…

Posted on February 18, 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

New Beginnings: Getting back to the basics of eating

With a new year comes many opportunities for new beginnings right in your kitchen.  January is a great month to try different ways of cooking up some nutritious, heart healthy meals. Whether you’re just starting out on a New Year’s plan to healthier eating or whether you are easing yourself back into a healthier routine, we’ve got the recipes and tips for you.   Have…

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