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Caring for the Caregivers: The Role of Occupational Therapy

The repetitive nature of caring for a loved one recovering at home can be emotionally draining for a caregiver. Tasks such as helping that loved one get out of bed each morning, dress, bathe and eat can also be physically challenging. When a recovering patient can carry out these activities of daily living independently, the benefits are felt throughout the home. The patient feels…

Posted on December 3, 2015

Caring for the Caregivers: Recognizing the Challenges

A heart attack or cardiac surgery is a major event. It has a ripple effect that impacts not just the patient, but family and friends as well. Lives can change, often for the long term, casting loved ones in the role of caregiver. These changes can be stressful, unexpected and, over time, draining. A report out last week from Health Quality Ontario shows that…

Posted on December 3, 2015

Joseph Lunn

Greetings and Salutations; My name is Joseph Lunn but you can call me Joe. I was asked if I could, to write down something that would describe my experience here at the Heart Institute. Well the first thing that pops into my head is, have you ever watched MASH, the show about a hospital unit in Korea? Well being here reminds me of that…

Posted on November 29, 2015

Heart Disease Patients Who Sit A Lot Have Worse Health Even If They Exercise

Patients with coronary artery disease spend an average of 8 hours each day sitting; Men were more sedentary than women. Ottawa, November 26, 2015 – Patients with heart disease who sit a lot have worse health even if they exercise, reveals research from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and published today in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention.1 “Get up and move every…

Posted on November 29, 2015

ARE YOU AT RISK?

Congratulations on taking the first step to understanding your risk of cardiovascular disease. This risk assessment tool will ask you questions ranging from your family history to your own personal health. To complete the evaluation make sure to know the following: gender, age, diabetes status, smoking status, weight & height and systolic blood pressure. It is confidential, free and takes about 5 minutes to…

Posted on November 20, 2015

Are You At Risk For Cardiovascular Disease?

CARDIOPREVENT PROGRAM The goal of this program is to help people with risk factors lower their chances of having cardiovascular disease (CVD). CardioPrevent Health Coaches will develop a tailored personalized plan to improve participants’ well-being and quality of life. The program is FREE of charge and accepts individuals who are at moderate to high-risk for CVD. Program entry requires a physician or nurse practitioner…

Posted on November 20, 2015

Diane Burton

WOMAN WITH HEART DISEASE, AGE 55, OTTAWA, ON My name is Diane Burton, I’m 55 years old and I have heart disease. I was not at risk of a heart attack; after all I was only 54 years old. My husband’s father passed away at the age of 52 with a massive heart attack, so he was the one we worried about. Although my…

Posted on November 20, 2015

Lannie Mitchell

HEART KEEPER, AGE 65, OTTAWA, ON Hello, my name is Lannie Mitchell. I am 65 years old. The issue that most affects my heart health is my weight. I have had a constant struggle with being overweight for the past 40 years. Although I’m never sick, and I do exercise daily, both my blood pressure and cholesterol are controlled by medication. My family doctor…

Posted on November 20, 2015

Maureen Monaghan

WOMAN AT RISK, AGE 59, OTTAWA, ON Hello my name is Maureen Monaghan. I am 59 years old and 10 years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. I also have a family history of heart disease so I know I have a higher risk of heart problems. Up until last year I had been able to manage my diabetes on my own with diet…

Posted on November 20, 2015

It’s Hockey Season… Score for your health!

OTTAWA, November 9, 2015 – As house leagues across Canada come together to triumph during the 2015-2016 hockey season, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Ottawa Paramedics would like to remind everyone that, unless you are Sidney Crosby… or P.K. Subban, there are some important health facts you might want to keep in mind all season long. Every year, local hockey players…

Posted on November 11, 2015

Heart Institute and Patient Alumni Help Transform Hospital Food

OTTAWA, April 17, 2015 – Roasted sweet potatoes. Home-made hummus. Grilled veggie wraps. Soups made from scratch. It’s what you might expect on the menu of a downtown bistro. Yet, thanks to the leadership of the Heart Institute (UOHI) and the generosity of its Patient Alumni Association, it’s exactly the kind of healthy, delicious food that staff, visitors and patients can now find at…

Posted on April 17, 2015

A most enchanting 28th Annual General Meeting

By: Jean Bilodeau, President Patient Alumni   The most captivating part of the 28th Annual General Meeting was the mesmerizing words delivered by our keynote speaker, Dr.Mesana. The sold out evening is a tribute to the power of Dr Mesana to deliver an informative,  relevant message. Highlights of his message appear later in the article. Several factors helped to contribute to an increase in…

Posted on September 15, 2014