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A Municipal Councillor Gets Help

Councillor Stephen Blais experienced some discomfort at the Goodlife gym one early January after his workout. After an instructor noticed he was in pain, she called 911. Luckily, there was a firefighter near-by to help the councillor while the ambulance made their way to the gym. After he was revived at the Montford hospital, Stephen spent months at the Heart Institute. Him and his family are grateful for the care he received. Here's his story.

Healing Motion and Emotion

Busy working mother Lynn Allard’s heart attack triggered a complex set of emotional reactions, eventually leading to depression — a common occurrence in heart attack patients. The Heart Institute’s recovery team began working with Lynn to rebuild both physical and emotional health. Follow Lynn’s encounter with this unique health care team here. 


Coaching the Coach

After a heart attack and triple bypass surgery, legendary Ottawa 67’s hockey coach Brian Kilrea needed some coaching of his own. Kilrea enrolled in a fitness program at the Heart Institute’s Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre. Lessons learned? Follow the coach’s remarkable recovery story here.


Original Parts

Active, athletic Jason, a 32 year old construction site foreman needed a new heart valve. Ordinarily prosthetic valves require ongoing medications and procedures – not the best choice for an active younger person. The solution? — doctors at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute used a pioneering new technique to repair Jason’s existing valve. 


Meet Alexandra Peach

It’s 7:30 AM, on an Ottawa Saturday morning. Teacher and mother Alexandra Peach is making coffee when suddenly she feels deeply unwell. Though only 37 years old, Alexandra is having a heart attack. Learn how a rapid response team from the Ottawa Heart Institute gave Alexandra Peach back her life.

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