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Welcome. The Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni was established in 1989. Since then, more than 8,000 former patients and their families have maintained an association with the Heart Institute through the Alumni.

Volunteering with the OHI Patient Alumni is an opportunity for you to pay it forward.  We are currently seeking volunteers (patients and/or family members) with a variety of skills and time available (could be a few hours a month):  to organize or help manage events, broadcast on FB live, participate in committees where a patient perspective is needed, or connect with patients/family members about to go through what you have experienced. To explore volunteer opportunities, please contact

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New & Events

Living with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

On February 28th, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni held its Meet the Expert: Living with AFib event at the Fieldhouse Restaurant in the RA Centre on Riverside Drive in Ottawa.

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Diet & Nutrition

Cremini Mushroom Soup

Sautée the chopped onion, add cremini mushrooms, salt pepper and stir until soft then add chicken broth simmer for 20 minutes.

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Fitness & Wellness

What’s At Stake

What women, family, caregivers and health care professionals need to know about Women’s Heart Health.

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10 Tips for Emotional Health

Understanding and dealing with our moods is important for both preventing cardiovascular disease and for improving recovery. The Ottawa Heart Institute’s “10 Tips for Emotional Health” are designed to help.

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Member Stories

Shelley Posen

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s FAB REHAB Rehab today! Welcome back To treadmill, rowing, bike, and track Time to exercise a while— Weigh yourself and grab your file Check your pulse and your blood pressure Exercises made-to-measure. Join the circle, take a...

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Lise Grant

I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to write this. Life sometimes gets ahead of us and buries emails.

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Victoria E Mosonyi

Thanks to the staff of doctors and nurses and their dedication Victoria Mosonyi is alive and has a second chance to her life.

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Joseph Lunn

I have spent most of 2015 here at the Heart Institute. It is my home away from home.

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Diane Burton

Join me as I share with you some of my lessons learned and how I’m living heart disease now.

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We thank Scotiabank for the generous contribution they made to the Institute as it moves towards the expansion of its patient care facilities.

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