Harnessing the Body’s Recycling Process to Treat Heart Disease

After five years as a post-doctoral fellow at New York University, former Ottawa Heart Institute trainee Mireille Ouimet, PhD, has returned to the Institute to lead the new Cardiovascular Metabolism and Cell Biology Laboratory. Her team will focus on understanding how defects in a cellular process

Easing Transitions for Congenital Heart Disease Patients

Eighteen – it’s a tough age. Leaving the safe confines of high school for the wider world, starting post-secondary education or work, maybe moving away from your family to do so. Continuing with the adolescent task of figuring out who you are in the world, what you believe, what you want to do, how

$3.5 Million for Gift Cards to Help Smokers Go Smoke-Free

Responsible for countless health problems, including cardiovascular and respiratory illness, and many forms of cancer, smoking commonly leads to hospitalization. Surprisingly, a minority of Canadian hospitals have systems, policies or procedures in place that support the consistent, effective

Healthy Sleep and Your Heart: How to Get the Rest You Need

A good night’s sleep is important for a healthy heart. In fact, studies show that poor quality sleep increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and can be a point of concern for those living with cardiovascular disease. Trouble sleeping, or insomnia, is a common complaint, according to

Cardiac PreHab Aims to Better Prepare Patients for Surgery

Cardiac rehabilitation, a comprehensive program to get patients healthy again after heart attack, cardiac surgery or other cardiac events, has been shown to save lives. But what if patients waiting for non-emergency heart surgery could start improving their health before their procedure? Could that

Minister of Health Announces $2.9 Million for Heart Institute Researchers

February is Heart Month, and the federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott, chose to kick it off by coming to the Ottawa Heart Institute to announce $2.9 million in funding for five of its researchers. Heart disease is the second-leading cause of death in Canada. This funding, through

New Imaging Tracer Helps Guide Heart Failure Care

Not all treatments work in all patients, but often it’s not possible to know ahead of time who will benefit. The Ottawa Heart Institute recently became the first centre in Canada to use a new radioactive tracer clinically to better define the prognosis of a patient in heart failure. The tracer

The Truth about Sexual Health and Heart Disease

Sexuality is a fundamental part of being human. It’s a big part of our quality of life and a significant source of pleasure and intimacy. So it’s no surprise that concerns about sexual activity are common among people living with heart disease or recovering from a cardiac event. The worries and

Top 10 Stories of 2016 from The Beat

1. Heart Health Infographics An easy way to keep your heart health top of mind anytime 2. What’s Next for TAVI? Catheter-based aortic valve replacement looks to become an option for more patients if competition and demand bring down the cost of valves 3. 10 Tips for Emotional Health Our emotional

Mental Capacity Not Affected by Cholesterol or Blood Pressure Drugs (AHA 2016)

With populations aging in much of the world, the decline of mental capacity in later years is of increasing concern. There has been hope in the medical community that effectively treating high blood pressure and atherosclerosis could slow or delay this decline. In a study of people over the age of