Heart Month

HUMANS OF OTTAWA

In partnering with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation,

this series focuses on telling stories of patients with heart conditions, doctors,

volunteers, and staff members from this community.

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hm34

“It’s all about giving back. I had a stent about five years ago. So, in the back of my mind, when it came time to retire, and I was looking for something worthwhile to do, and the Heart Institute was kind of on the top of my list for volunteering. They looked after me...

hm33

“I have a lot of people in my family with heart disease. My father passed away at a young age of heart disease. My brother and my sister have some sort of heart condition – each of us has some form of heart issues, it’s pretty widespread in my family. I think when I...

hm32

“As a child, I remember waking up because something was going on on my household. I didn’t know what was happening at the time, but I saw my mother clutching her chest and having trouble breathing. She was subsequently diagnosed with heart disease. She used to be a...

hm31

“Honestly, I can’t say that one individual is the same as the other. I’ve been a social worker for 30 years. I support patients and their families after a cardiac event. I offer one on one counselling for individuals as well as families, and we have a stress...

hm30

“It was just like a scene out of a TV-show where they open the ambulance door, and there 10 people trying to rush you out of it. I was out walking my dog. On my way home, I all of a sudden had this indigestion or something. It was 9 O’clock in the morning, so I didn’t...

hm29

“I want to let other people - women, particularly young women - know that it is possible for someone who always exercises and has always said no to questions like: ‘Do you smoke? Do you do recreational drugs? Do you have a family history? Do you have any of this or...