Survey: Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Cardiac Rehabilitation Priority Setting Partnership

We want to hear from people with personal or professional experiences regarding women’s cardiovascular health conditions and cardiac rehabilitation.  We wish to identify 10 research priorities for cardiac rehabilitation in women’s cardiovascular health. To do this, we are conducting a Priority Setting Partnership, using methods developed by the James Lind Alliance (JLA) – a non-profit initiative based in the United Kingdom.  You do not need to…

Posted on January 22, 2024

Get Ready for Wear Red Canada, which starts February 13, 2024!

              Heart disease is the number one killer of women worldwide and the leading cause of premature death in women in Canada. Globally, cardiovascular diseases affect 1 out of 3 women, yet women everywhere are under-studied, under-diagnosed, under-treated, and under-aware. It doesn’t have to be this way. JOIN US! We are welcoming anyone and everyone who would like…

Posted on November 29, 2023


We are so excited to announce that this year we raised an incredible $296,000 for this initiative.  Together 1,140 participants completed over 1.02 million minutes of exercise. Thank you to our incredible sponsors, matching donors, participants, and everyone who donated. We continue to shift the landscape around the number one killer of women worldwide. We are changing the narrative that we are under-treated, under-diagnosed,…

Posted on November 29, 2023

Meet the new UOHI Patient Alumni Board Members! Introducing Lucie Gauthier!

In 2014, I was diagnosed with a malformation of the aortic valve. In order to relieve the problems it was causing to my health, I was hospitalized at the UOHI and provided with the best of care to stabilize my heart. In March of 2015 I received my new mechanical valve and once again the Heart Institute went above and beyond to ensure I walked…

Posted on September 26, 2023

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