The Heart Institute was founded in 1976 by Dr. Wilbert Keon. Dr. Keon envisioned a cardiovascular centre of excellence that battled heart disease from every front, by relying on the synergy of research, education, and clinical care. It’s the fusion of these three domains that guides the work of the Heart Institute today and is revolutionizing cardiac care world-wide. Our donors support the innovation that makes this possible
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation is the bridge that connects our generous donor community with the programs, facilities, research, and exceptional team of health care professionals advancing cardiovascular care and saving lives every day.
By building knowledge through research and translating discoveries into advanced treatment, we are changing the face of cardiac care far beyond the borders of Ottawa and Canada.
- A Canadian leader in Telemedicine/Telehealth, we’ve cut hospital readmission by 54% for heart failure patients – saving up to $20,000 for each patient safely diverted from an ER visit, re-admission, and hospital stay.
- STEMI is one of the deadliest forms of heart attack. We’ve developed and implemented an internationally recognized STEMI Protocol that has cut STEMI heart attack deaths by half.
- Our Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Centre identified the strongest genetic risk factor for coronary artery disease and heart attack to date. Presence of this gene increases the risk of heart disease by 40%.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Canadian women. Our Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, the first of its kind in Canada, is building programs to improve care, raise awareness, and deepen knowledge through research specifically targeted to women – to see dramatically fewer women dying from heart disease.
These are just a few of the ways we are working relentlessly to add to the world’s storehouse of cardiovascular knowledge, and translating discoveries into advanced care.