Patient Support Groups

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Support Group

The ICD Support Group is free and open to all ICD patients and their partners. The meetings provide the opportunity to meet and interact with other ICD patients in an informal setting. Many sessions feature guest speakers on a variety of heart health topics.

The group meets on the second Thursday of the month, 10 times a year from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic we are going to be continuing the support group virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Upcoming meetings and topics can be found on the Heart Institute calendar.

For more information, contact:
Lindsay MacArthur, Advanced Practice Nurse, Cardiology
Tel.: 613-696-7000 x 13095

Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni

The Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni offers one way for former Heart Institute patients to stay involved with the Institute. The group’s activities include a lecture series, awards and a newsletter, all dedicated to sharing information about the Heart Institute, cardiovascular medicine, heart disease, and healthy living. All patients, upon discharge, automatically become members of the Patient Alumni.

Ottawa Heart Support Group

The Ottawa Heart Support Group (OHSG) is dedicated to reducing the anxiety and emotional stress that often results from having a cardiac event. The OHSG focuses on developing positive attitudes toward heart health care, enjoying life to the fullest, and supporting one another.  

These objectives are pursued at monthly meetings with interesting and informative speakers from all disciplines and through other heart-related activities. Many of these speakers are from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.  

The OHSG is growing and always looking for new members. Incorporated in 2004, the Group was established to meet the needs of cardiac patients, their families and other interested persons by offering support and encouragement in a friendly educational environment.  

Monthly Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at the Heart Institute. Other activities are organized as desired by the members.  

Parking is free after 7 p.m. at the meters on Ruskin Street.

For more information:



  • Mary Cameron: 613-835-2347 
  • William Holland: 613-824-9563


Women@Heart is a peer support program led by women with heart disease, for women with heart disease that aims to create a caring environment for women to learn from each other.

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