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Survey – Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation

Alumni members, The Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR) is currently trying to identify areas of patients’ interests and needs with regards to Cardiac Rehabilitation.  For that, we invite you to participate in our survey. Your answers will help us to establish priorities and to acknowledge the needs of the cardiovascular rehabilitation programs. https://survey.concordia.ca/limesurvey/index.php/364819?lang=en The questionnaire should take about 10 minutes to…

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An Epic Change for Smarter, More Efficient Health Care

On June 1, the Ottawa Heart Institute will make the necessary switch to Epic Systems, a fully-integrated, patient-centered, electronic medical records (EMR) management tool which will help us provide smarter, more efficient, and all around better healthcare for you and your family.

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Put your Heart into Tickers Cooking

On Tuesday, May 21st, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni hosted its regular “Put Your Heart into Tickers” event. It was once again a sold-out event. A total of 40 guests watched as Executive Chef, Elamri Samir from Marek Foods, demonstrated how to prepare two delicious and healthy recipes. The first one featured, as an appetizer, a colorful kale salad with cranberries,…

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Change is Coming to MyOttawaHeart: The Heart Institute is Transitioning to a New Patient Portal

Thank you for making our patient portal, myOttawaHeart, an important part of how you manage your health. On June 1, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute will join The Ottawa Hospital, Hawkesbury General Hospital, Renfrew Victoria Hospital, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, and the TOH Family Health Team, in launching a new integrated electronic patient care system called Epic. With Epic, wherever you go for…

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Patient Partners Needed!

If you are a patient or family member / caregiver of a patient with poor heart function and coronary artery disease, we need your help! In our April Digest, we were proud to let you know that over 3000 patient alumni members contributed to work being led by Dr. Louise Sun to better understand which outcomes, after a cardiac event, were important to patients….

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Things are about to get Epic with MyChart!

As some of you may know, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is working hard to implement a new Health Information System (HIS) called Epic.  The official launch date for Epic is June 1, 2019. Among many functionalities, Epic has its own patient portal (similar to myOttawaHeart) called MyChart.   MyChart will provide patients with online access to their medical records.  It enables patients to…

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Report on the Ethics Board’s Activities

Report from David Brisco on the Ethics Board’s activities as the UOHI Patient Alumni’s representative One of the things that make our Heart Institute the great institution that it is, is the ongoing program of research carried out by both specialized researchers, and the medical staff of the HI. The quality of this work has advanced medical knowledge, and has directly served we patients…

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Enhancing your patient experience: What’s Next?

Welcome to the Heart Institute. The new Central Registration Desk will be located conveniently in the bright and spacious new main lobby which means One Stop for patients when they arrive. Renovations to the original Heart Institute building will see multiple levels undergoing significant change. The installation of escalators will make a big difference for both patients and their families when they visit Heart…

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Heart Patients More Concerned about Disability than Death in Year after Surgery, Study Finds

Traditional cardiovascular revascularization trials have long been designed by clinicians to examine outcomes that are predominantly of interest to clinicians. These trials are sometimes referred to as “tombstone trials” within the medical community for their tendency to focus on death or other adverse cardiac events after heart surgery or other therapies. While so-called tombstone trials are extremely important for informing physicians about a patient’s…

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Coutinho: The Future (of Women’s Heart Health) is Now

A White Paper published in the American Heart Association’s Journal, Circulation, is proposing a number of novel strategies for the improved future of heart health centres serving women. Dr. Thais Coutinho, Chief of the Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), and Chair of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre (CWHHC), says most of the strategies deemed essential in the…

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Mars and Venus in Heart Failure Outcomes: Why Women Are More At Risk Than Men

  There are several inherent differences to the physical make up of a woman’s heart versus that of a man. For starters, a man’s heart is physically larger, weighing up to 60 grams more than a woman’s heart on average.  Functionally there are differences, too. Arteries which feed a women’s heart with rich, oxygenated blood typically have smaller openings than men, causing women to…

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Get Involved In Our Research Activities

Engaging patients is critical to our understanding of the issues that are most important for those living day-to-day with a specific condition. We are seeking appropriate volunteers to serve as Patient Partners in Research, to work alongside our Researchers and staff. You may be an ideal Patient Partner candidate and we encourage you to apply if you have experience living with a cardiac condition. Engaging patients…

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