Peter (Petros) Foustanellas

We are saddened by the passing of Mr. Peter (Petros) Foustanellas, one of the Heart Institute’s greatest and most generous friends. His unwavering support has inspired many in our community and can be seen in the legacy he leaves us with here at the Heart Institute.  In giving his name to our state-of-art auditorium, our life-saving cardiac surgery suite, […]

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February WAS Heart Month 2017

February is Heart Month and it provided an amazing opportunity to bring people together to raise awareness – and essential funds – for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Our sincere thanks to our sponsors, community champions, partners, event organizers and participants, volunteers, and donors. Our new building – the Heart Institute’s first major expansion […]

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At the Heart of Heart Month

It is a busy, fun, and exciting time for the Heart Institute Foundation’s  dynamic duo: The Events Team.  Sarah and Lindsay wanted to let you in on what goes behind the scenes as they conduct all that Heart Month magic. Take a look: So what exactly are we up to as we head into February??  […]

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Maxime Lê Knew He Could Help

We secured 26 treatment carts thanks to you, and two of those carts were purchased through Maxime Lê’s crowdfunding campaign! Maxime is a second-year university student at the University of Ottawa. If he is not busy with assignments or hanging out with friends, he is with his grandfather, a patient at the Heart Institute. Every […]

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The Life You Touched: Helen’s Story

Helen attended her first meeting with the Women@Heart program in July. “At first, I didn’t feel like I belonged there,” she says. “But after attending a few sessions, I began to learn more about heart disease and its impact on women.” Helen wasn’t aware that she had “SCAD”. SCAD stands for Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, which is […]

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A TEE has Already Helped Ryley

Ryley needed a TEE when he was admitted to the Heart Institute last November, but the 21-year-old aspiring filmmaker has needed help since he was born with congenital heart disease. The first hours of Ryley’s life were spent in the operating room as doctors discovered six defects in his heart. It was discovered that Ryley’s […]

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Nazru Deen

Memoir chronicles Naz’s ‘No better life,’ thanks to the help of the Ottawa Heart Institute

My name is Nazru (Naz) Deen, and this is my story about how the Ottawa Heart Institute extended my life. I was born in a small village in Trinidad eight decades ago, and then lived in England before arriving in Canada in 1968. Professionally, I was a Superintendent of Education for the Carleton Board of […]

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The Camino de Santiago becomes ‘a walk for the Heart’

by Heather Moore Walking the Camino de Santiago is a religious pilgrimage in Spain which attracts thousands of people to pray at the sarcophagus Saint James the Apostle. For me, it has also been a walk of gratitude for the Heart Institute, which has given our family so much. We are all eternally grateful. Walking […]

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