And we are going virtual!  The UOHI Patient Alumni Annual General Meeting is coming:  20 September 2021, 4-6 pm.  More information including registration will be coming in the next month’s newsletter.

Posted on June 23, 2021

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT IN ACTION!: Dr. Sun’s Research on Patient-defined Outcomes of Coronary Artery Disease

In the fall of 2019, patient alumni and caregivers volunteered to participate in a research study to identify outcomes that patients truly care about following treatment for coronary artery (heart) disease.  The results of that study have now been published and work continues to build on the insight generated by our patients!   Through a consensus building process, the study participants (patient alumni, family…

Posted on June 22, 2021

Meet the new UOHI Patient Alumni Board Members!  Introducing David “Bud” Cameron.

Under the leadership of Jean Bilodeau, Nancy Lawson, and Stephen Sharp, the Patient Alumni Board solicited applications for vacant Board positions and interviewed applicants in the Fall of 2020, before inviting selected individuals to join the Board. The results are in!  Please join us in welcoming the new Board members, who we will be introducing to you over the next several months. Let’s meet:…

Posted on June 21, 2021

The Heart Institute turns 45

  Three heart transplants in a single day, a 2,500-year-old mummy, a Royal visit. Safe to say a lot has happened over the last 45 years.     The early years: Canadian firsts, big strides in innovation, and a Royal visit Founder Dr. Wilbert J. Keon’s vision is to create an integrated heart centre where cardiology, surgery, anesthesiology, and nursing are integrated for patient…

Posted on May 20, 2021

The Beat Audio: Drs. Bob Reid and Peter Liu talk COVID-19 vaccines

Dr. Liu urges Canadians to get vaccinated. Listen to the interview.   Heart Institute scientist says “get vaccinated as soon as possible”  In April, The Beat interviewed Dr. Peter Liu, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s chief scientific officer, about coronavirus variants and how they are changing the pandemic landscape in Canada. Dr. Liu then appeared on an episode of The Heartwise Podcast (recorded…

Posted on May 20, 2021

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