In the Media

The media regularly turns to our healthcare professionals for their expertise on a wide range of important heart health topics.

Here is a selection of recent news items featuring the Heart Institute and its experts.

Please note this page is updated regularly. Linked content is available in the language in which it was published.

  • Hassan Mir, MD, fields calls from listeners about the health impacts of vaping products on CBC’s Ontario Today.
  • On CBC’s Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan, smoking cessation expert Andrew Pipe, MD, calls for stronger action from regulators.
  • “What Canada really needs right now is a national strategy that will address the education piece, that will address the research piece, and will address the care and recovery piece,” Thais Coutinho, MD, tells The Canadian Press ahead of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit in Vancouver, BC.

  • “For the first time in decades, life expectancy fell below 75 years for American men in 2021 due to COVID, and cardiac events account for 4.1% of this decline,” Marc Ruel, MD, of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute told Le Devoir (French) earlier in March.

  • Cardiologists, including Peter Liu, MD, of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, weigh in on whether COVID-19 or vaccines pose a greater risk of heart problems (CTV News Channel).

  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute researchers hope to close the gender gaps in cardiovascular disease prevention and care by establishing a network for women’s heart health, Postmedia reports.

  • Vincent Chan, MD, Ottawa Heart Institute cardiac surgeon and Heart Month ambassador, says “the only life worth living is one lived for others.”

  • Mark your calendars, Ottawa. February is Heart Month. You can read all about it in the Ottawa Business Journal.

  • In a recent article for the Ottawa Citizen, smoking cessation expert Andrew Pipe, MD, says he is stepping back, but not going away.

  • Good Times magazine has good news for people with heart disease who need cardiac rehabilitation but hate going to the gym or are bored by repetitive exercises: Nordic walking provides the same benefits—and more.

  • On an episode of CBC/Radio-Canada’s All in a Day, Andrew Pipe, MD, of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute explained the occurrence of cardiac arrest in young top-level athletes such as Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills safety who collapsed during the National Football League’s Monday night matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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