Health and Wellness

Esther’s List: Top 10 Tips for Managing Stress

According to Statistics Canada, 23% of Canadians aged 15 and older (an estimated 6.7 million people) reported most days were either ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’. Stress is the mind and body’s response to a perceived threat or stressor, triggering the instinct known as the fight-or-flight response. It can occur when either good or bad things happen in one’s physical environment, personal relationships,…

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What’s At Stake

What women, family, caregivers and health care professionals need to know about Women’s Heart Health.  First of a 3 series part on Women’s Heart Health.

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10 Tips For A Healthy Sleep

Getting enough sleep improves your overall health. These tips can help you sleep better. Get up at the same time every day… and get up early. Doing this every day, even on weekends, sets your biological clock. It’s the most important change you can make to improve your sleep! Exercise! … But not right before bed. Exercise stimulates us, which can make it hard to sleep…

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10 Tips for Emotional Health

All of us have experienced anxiety, sadness, frustration or other negative emotions. While they can cause mental distress, they can also take a toll on your heart health, especially if these feelings are persistent or frequent. 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…

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Vial of Life

The Vial of Life is the least expensive project funded by the Ottawa Heart Institute’s Patient Alumni association at $0.60 per unit, yet it is highly effective and potentially life-saving. The Vial of Life kit is given to all patients upon discharge from the Ottawa Heart Institute (HI). It consists of a vial (a large plastic pill bottle), an information sheet for your name…

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Risk Factors for Heart Disease: Blood Pressure

What is blood pressure and how is it a risk factor for heart disease? It is the pressure of the blood in the circulatory system and is the measured by two numbers: systolic and diastolic pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease, often known as “the silent killer” if can go undiagnosed for years. Healthy lifestyle changes are the best way…

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Helping Men Deal with the Emotional Impact of Heart Disease

  Men and women tend to deal with life changing circumstances differently. Heart disease is no exception, and the issues men experience often are not specifically addressed. “Cultural expectations are that men shouldn’t show any emotions because that’s somehow perceived as weak,” said Heather Tulloch, PhD, a psychologist with Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation at the Ottawa Heart Institute. “As a result, many don’t reach…

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It Takes 26 Seconds

Disponible seulement en anglais With Dr. Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. www.ottawamodel.ca  

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Smoking Cessation Myth Busters

 1) NICOTINE PATCHES WILL INTERFERE WITH MY MEDICATIONS. FALSE – Nicotine patches are safe to use with all medications. SMOKING interferes with almost all medications. 2) I HAVE TRIED TOO MANY TIMES BEFORE, I CLEARLY CANNOT SUCCEED. FALSE – Having tried before is a predictor of success. The more often people have tried to quit, the more likely they are to finally succeed. Practice…

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Quitting Smoking is the Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Health!

The Quit Smoking Program (QSP) is a nurse-led clinic that provides you with one-on-one support during your attempt to quit. The program provides a non-judgmental and supportive environment where a “quit plan” is tailored to meet your individual needs. Anyone may self-refer to the program, or be referred by a healthcare provider. The cost is covered by OHIP. What to Expect We hold Information…

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Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

A good night’s sleep restores energy, improves performance and generally makes you feel better. Getting the right amount of sleep is also important for good heart health. A South Korean study of more than 47,000 adults found that people who sleep about seven hours a night have significantly fewer calcium deposits in their arteries. These deposits narrow blood vessels, stiffen artery walls and can…

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