In the Media

The media regularly turns to our health care professionals for their expertise on a wide range of important heart health topics.

Here is a selection of recent news items featuring the Heart Institute and its experts.

Please note this page is updated regularly. Linked content is available in the language in which it was published.

  • The links between breast cancer and cardiovascular disease are so strong that women should be screened for both at the same time, says Heart Institute staff cardiologist Dr. Michele Turek in the Ottawa Citizen.
  • Dr. Donna May Kimmaliardjuk is Canada’s first Inuk cardiac surgeon. She appeared on CTV Morning Live to share her story and deliver an important and inspiring message on International Women’s Day. 
  • February is Heart Month. Lindsay Firestone of the Heart Institute Foundation joins UOHI Regional Manager of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Jennifer Harris on CTV Morning Live.
  • A spike in shovelling-related heart attacks generated this CTV News exclusive. Dr. Andrew Pipe conducted interviews about safe shovelling with 580 CFRA News and CFRA’s The Goods with Dhalia Kurtz in the wake of Ottawa’s record snowfall.
  • Physiotherapist Marc Laflamme taught Radio-Canada’s Le Téléjournal how to prevent a cardiac crisis after a major snow storm.   
  • Chief of the division of cardiac prevention and rehabilitation at the Heart Institute, Dr. Thais Coutinho promoted the Wear Red Canada campaign, which aims to raise awareness for women’s heart health, on 1310 News (Friday, February 8, top of Hour 2), CTV Morning Live, and CBC News Ottawa (49-minute mark).
  • Director of the Brain and Heart Nexus Research Program at the Heart Institute, and Heart & Stroke spokesperson Dr. Jodi Edwards appeared on CTV Morning Live to discuss the links between heart disease and brain impairment. Edwards was quoted in a CBC Ottawa story and in this article in the Ottawa Citizen.   
  • Dr. Donna May Kimmaliardjuk – soon to be Canada’s first Inuk heart surgeon, and current chief cardiac surgery resident at the Heart Institute – joined the Marilyn Denis Show as an expert panellist to review the signs and symptoms of heart attack and strokes women need to know about. She also was profiled in this piece (French only) by La Rotonde, the campus paper of the University of Ottawa.
  • Canada’s foremost expert in smoking cessation Dr. Andrew Pipe is quoted in this CBC Health story about the country’s “wicked debate” over vaping.

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