Cardiac Rehabilitation: The ‘Next Step’ to a Heart-Healthy Life

It’s been shown to lower death rates from heart disease and even from other causes after the onset of cardiovascular disease, and it helps patients achieve a better quality of life. In fact, cardiac rehabilitation is a key “next step” in the recovery process following a heart attack or procedures

Taking Imaging Innovations from Lab to Market

Modern medical imaging allows doctors to see deep within the body in exquisite detail. Using small amounts of radioactive material called tracers, cardiologists can see in real time how well a patient’s heart is functioning. The positron emission tomography (PET) imaging group at the University of

Cardiac Electrophysiology: Repairing the Rhythms of the Heart

The heart is more than just a muscle. A complex electrical system drives the heart’s chambers to contract in a coordinated rhythm, pushing blood out to every cell in the body. When the system is damaged by heart disease, short circuits can result, causing dangerous disturbances in heart rhythm

A New Chair in the Seat of Cardiovascular Education

A dedicated staff committed to education. A referral base of 2 million people that offers an amazing range of clinical conditions that enable learning. A vigorous, wide-ranging research program. A supportive administration that believes in continual improvement. The full breadth of clinical care

Providing Better Data on Drug Safety and Effectiveness

Drugs and devices approved for the Canadian market must undergo extensive clinical testing to prove their safety and effectiveness. But even the best-designed clinical trials are limited in the time they can follow patients and how closely their participants resemble the general population. Once a

Patient Education Puts Patients in the Driver’s Seat

Being a patient at the Heart Institute can be unsettling—but it’s also safe. There is trained staff that will help with whatever patients need. Medication is brought when it’s time to take it and food meets the requirements for a heart-healthy diet. When it’s time to leave, though, it’s another

Zeroing In on Inflammation and Heart Disease

The first studies to scan the entire human genome for genetic variations associated with heart disease didn’t find what researchers expected. More than two-thirds of the newly identified risk variants had no relationship to known risk factors for heart diseases such as cholesterol, high blood

Dr. Marc Ruel: Advancing Care and Research in Cardiac Surgery

On January 1, 2013, Dr. Marc Ruel took over as Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He succeeded Dr. Thierry Mesana , who had led the division since 2001. Since joining the Heart Institute in 2002, Dr. Ruel has been a pioneer and advocate of minimally invasive

Setting the Bar High for Patient Satisfaction

Almost no one complains about the food. It’s not that the food at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is better than at other hospitals. But, said Sharon Ann Kearns, the Manager of Quality and Performance Measurement, when people are satisfied with their care and feel they have been well

CCC 2012: Where We Stand with Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS) is staking a middle ground between open-heart surgery and catheter-based procedures. Not surprisingly, there are pluses and minuses with each specific procedure, and some are more established than others. All offer the advantages of keeping the heart beating