Ottawa Wears Red for Women's Heart Health: Heart Institute Opens its Doors to the Community for a Day of Interactive Activities

Heart disease is the number one killer of women worldwide, yet women are often understudied, undertreated, and underdiagnosed

Ottawa — On Thursday, February 13, Canadians and Ottawa residents are invited to wear red in recognition of the second annual Wear Red Canada campaign, an important day to raise awareness about women’s heart health. The campaign is an initiative of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, powered by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI).

To commemorate Wear Wed Canada in Ottawa, general public and members of the media are welcomed to attend special presentations and interactive activities held at the UOHI. Opportunities for photographs, videos and b-roll, and interviews with Canada’s leading experts in women’s heart health will be available.

Help us spread the word on social media using #HerHeartMatters.

Schedule of Events:

Let’s Walk and Talk About Women’s Health

The UOHI’s cardiac rehabilitation track is open to the public and all are invited to join the walk at any time throughout the day.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2nd floor, Cardiac Rehabilitation Track.

Know Your Risk Factors

Learn about the risk factors for heart disease and know when and how to take action for your heart health. Presented by Registered Nurse Deborah Younger-Lewis.
9:30 to 10 a.m.
2nd floor, Centre Foustanellas Auditorium (H-2367).

Heart Attack in Women: Not the Heart Attack You Saw on TV or Learned in School

Heart attacks can present differently in women. Learn the differences between men and women when it comes to symptoms and mechanisms of heart attack. Presented by Dr. Thierry Mesana and Dr. Thais Coutinho.
10 to 11 a.m.
2nd floor, Centre Foustanellas Auditorium (H-2367).

Heart Healthy Food Demonstration

Learn the heart-healthy benefits of eating fresh salads with whole grains and legumes. Presented by Registered Dietitian Kathleen Turner.
11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
2nd floor, Centre Foustanellas Auditorium (H-2367).

“A Typical Heart” Video Documentary Screening

A short documentary film that explores the deadly disparity between male and female heart disease, with introduction from Lisa Comber, BA, KTPC.
12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
2nd floor, Centre Foustanellas Auditorium (H-2367).

Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness Session

An introduction to exploring movement as a mindfulness practice. All are welcome. Yoga mats are not required. Led by Clinical Social Worker Esther Doucette.
1:15 to 1:45 p.m.
2nd floor, East Foustanellas Room (H-2368).

Communnity Advocate Toolkit Presentation #HerHeartMatters

Did you know that heart disease is #1 killer of women worldwide? Please join us for this information session about what everyone needs to know about women and heart disease. Learn helpful tips about ways to develop a heart healthy lifestyle. Presented by Marion Martell and Prevention and Wellness Program Facilitator Nadine Elias, BSC, Kin.
2 to 2:45 p.m.
2nd floor, Centre Foustanellas Auditorium (H-2367).

All events to take place at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, 40 Ruskin Street, Ottawa.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance or to coordinate an interview. 

Media contact

Leigh B. Morris
Communications Officer
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Office: 613-696-7000 ext. 19051
Cellular: 613-316-6409