At the Heart Institute, Dr. Lyall Higginson fulfilled his dream of helping and teaching others

After nearly 50 years, the renowned cardiologist is hanging up his stethoscope

The legacy of the Heart Institute’s third president and CEO

It is impossible to overstate the impact Dr. Thierry Mesana has had on patient care, research and education as president and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. The changes he brought about during his tenure will influence health care in the region for years to come.

Catch a quiet killer: Get screened for heart valve disease

February 22 is Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, an international campaign dedicated to raising awareness about heart valve disease—its risk factors, symptoms, detection, and treatment

Beating strong: A look back at the year’s heart health headlines

In this article – our final of 2023 – we revisit the captivating physicians, clinicians, scientists, nurses and allied health professionals, and the inspiring narratives that made headlines in The Beat this year. From the important first steps of groundbreaking initiatives in cardiovascular health

Recognized for lifelong achievement, Dr. Terrence Ruddy shines light back on others

A pillar in the world of cardiovascular nuclear medicine, Dr. Ruddy said: “People make all the difference.”

Unlocking the power of collaboration: The promising future of a Canadian alliance of cardiovascular centres

There has never been a network of this kind. Until now.

Dr. Marc Ruel reflects on 11 years as chief of cardiac surgery

Dr. Ruel has largely shaped the division’s approach to nearly all aspects of patient care while driving translational and clinical research outputs, advanced surgical education, and new forays in surgical innovation

Devoted nurse with passion for education develops first one-stop resource for women with heart disease

When Nazli Parast, APN, was studying to become a cardiac nurse, she was surprised at how little she learned about women's heart health and the specific risk factors for heart disease unique to women. Today, some fifteen years later, Nazli has a master’s degree in nursing, and she is one of the

Drinking less alcohol is best for heart patients

Experts at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) are using the motto “Less is best” in discussions with patients about alcohol and heart health. In January, The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) released Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health, a replacement to Canada’s

An important step in women’s heart health herstory

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is establishing a network to improve cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention and care in women. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the UOHI Foundation are funding the project, valued at more than $1.2M plus in-kind contributions. CVD is the