Joseph Lunn

Greetings and Salutations; My name is Joseph Lunn but you can call me Joe. I was asked if I could, to write down something that would describe my experience here at the Heart Institute. Well the first thing that pops into my head is, have you ever watched MASH, the...

Diane Burton

WOMAN WITH HEART DISEASE, AGE 55, OTTAWA, ON My name is Diane Burton, I’m 55 years old and I have heart disease. I was not at risk of a heart attack; after all I was only 54 years old. My husband’s father passed away at the age of 52 with a massive heart...

Lannie Mitchell

HEART KEEPER, AGE 65, OTTAWA, ON Hello, my name is Lannie Mitchell. I am 65 years old. The issue that most affects my heart health is my weight. I have had a constant struggle with being overweight for the past 40 years. Although I’m never sick, and I do...

Maureen Monaghan

WOMAN AT RISK, AGE 59, OTTAWA, ON Hello my name is Maureen Monaghan. I am 59 years old and 10 years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. I also have a family history of heart disease so I know I have a higher risk of heart problems. Up until last year I had been able to...

Steve Cameron

Often when we think of heart disease, we think of it affecting the elderly. The truth is that heart disease can affect anyone, at any age. Even somebody who is only 24 years old, like me. When I was only two years old, I had open-heart surgery at Sick Kids Hospital in...

Peter Lawrence

In August 1988, Dr. Keon replaced my aortic valve with a metal one. Of all the challenges I faced while recovering, the greatest was an emotional and mental one. It was very difficult immediately after surgery for me to get my head around the idea of getting well and...