February is Heart Month.  Find out how you can participate!

Heart Month brings attention to the importance of cardiovascular health and what we can do to reduce our risk. It offers an opportunity for individuals, groups and businesses to take the lead in raising awareness and funds for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Donations raised during Heart Month fund equipment, patient care programs, research and education to help health professionals better understand, treat, and prevent heart disease. By supporting the Heart Institute during Heart Month and taking part in the activities that have been prepared, you will have a big impact on changing and saving lives in our community.

Posted on January 23, 2020

Women@Heart Inpatient Peer Support Program

After being diagnosed with heart disease, being able to talk to another woman ‘who has been there’ can make an important difference in a female patient’s emotional recovery. The Women@Heart Inpatient Support Program was developed to meet this need.

Posted on January 3, 2020

The Hidden Cost of Caregiving

Being a caregiver can be rewarding but also challenging. It’s important that you look after yourself. If you’re a caregiver, join us for a 6-week class in January that’s designed just for you.

Posted on December 12, 2019

Take charge of your health with Epic MyChart!

Epic MyChart is a secure, online patient portal that gives you free access to your health information from anywhere, at any time. Help is available, including information sessions coming in January.

Posted on December 12, 2019

BEaTS Research Radio – Science and Innovation in Terms You Can Understand

  Canada is a global leader in science and innovation, but scientific research can sometimes be difficult for the average person to understand. BEaTS Research Radio aims to address this, by having young scientists interviewing some of the planet’s most brilliant medical masterminds, breaking down the science in terms you can understand. Every Monday from 10-11am, tune in to BEaTS Research Radio as it…

Posted on December 9, 2019

Meet a few of the talented artists behind the ceiling tiles

Following the success of the Healing HeARTs project – where ceiling tiles were painted and have been installed above hospital beds in the Day Unit and Regional Referral Centre of the Heart Institute – we interviewed a few of the artists and asked them about their connection to the Heart Institute, what motivated them to paint a tile, and what this project has meant…

Posted on November 29, 2019

Ottawa Heart Support Group Lecture

Guest Speaker: David Birnie, BSc (Hons), MB, ChB, MRCP, MD Topic: Patient Oriented Research David Birnie, MD, is staff cardiac electrophysiologist and Deputy Division Head of Cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He is also Full Professor in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Birnie co-leads the Ottawa Region strategic research Innovation Cluster on Arrhythmias His clinical…

Posted on November 29, 2019

Top 10 Tips for Managing the Holidays

                        Practice self-compassion. You give to others, don’t forget to take care of yourself. This might include such things as reading a book, relaxing, or spending time with significant people in your life. Donate something to those less fortunate. You can donate food, toys, articles of clothing, or give your time to a…

Posted on November 22, 2019

Ladies, it’s your turn!

Women have been neglected in research on Heart Disease for far too long. We know very little about you! Now is the time to take the bull by the horns! We are looking for women between the ages of 45 and 80 who have had a myocardial infarction as well as women who have never had one. This research study will investigate risk factors…

Posted on November 15, 2019

A One-Stop Shop for Cardiac Imaging Services

The Heart Institute has recently renovated and relocated all its cardiac imaging services into one centralized area, and the results are quite impressive. Prior to the move on June 22, 2019, imaging services were scattered across the hospital in very tight spaces. Now, the following services can be found in one place: – Echocardiograms                     …

Posted on November 8, 2019

A Lifesaving Skill – CPR Training for Heart Institute Patients, Family and Friends

This inspiring CTV News Video tells Mary Armour’s remarkable story of the lifesaving effects of CPR training and easily-accessible AEDs. When Mary had an unexpected cardiac event at work, she was fortunate enough to have some well-trained police and colleagues as well as an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device nearby. Thanks to their swift and effective first aid treatment including CPR and use of…

Posted on October 27, 2019