44 Articles

Forgoing a heart transplant

Foundation - November 26, 2021

Three years ago, Benoit Marcotte came into the care of the Montreal Heart Institute’s Transplant Clinic. On the agenda were close monitoring and monthly exams to ensure that he would be able to receive a compatible heart as soon as one became available. Two years later reality caught up with him. The transplant was no longer in his best interest. What happened? How did Mr. Marcotte see his future? An encounter with an optimistic, resilient, and fun-loving man!

Coming back from afar

Gary Lawrence - October 14, 2021

Gary Lawrence is a journalist and editor-in-chief of Espaces, an outdoor magazine, and a regular contributor to Le Devoir and L’actualité. He usually writes about travels, tourism, and outdoor adventures. The Foundation would like to thank him for sharing his experience at the Montreal Heart Institute.

4 activities to brighten your fall

Foundation - October 8, 2021

Fall is the season for spending time at the orchard or taking part in some Halloween fun with the family while savouring pumpkin spice beverages. This wonderful season is the perfect opportunity to enjoy activities that can increase your well-being. Here are four ways to fully embrace autumn.

Atrial fibrillation: a topic of interest at the Montreal Heart Institute

Foundation, in collaboration with Dr. Lena Rivard, electrophysiologist and cardiology researcher at the Institute - October 8, 2021

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder, affecting about 700,000 Canadians. Find out more about this cardiovascular condition that is a topic of interest for many researchers at the Montreal Heart Institute.

A tribute to Dr. Martial G. Bourassa

Foundation - July 16, 2021

July 2020 saw the passing of Dr. Martial G. Bourassa. Officer of the Order of Canada and Knight of the National Order of Quebec, Dr. Bourassa is recognized as a cardiology pioneer in Quebec. To honour his legacy in the field of cardiology, the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation established the Martial G. Bourassa Cardiovascular Medicine Innovation Fund.

Questions and answers: heat and cardiovascular health

Foundation, in collaboration with Professor Daniel Gagnon - June 11, 2021

Summer is nearly in full swing, which means the risk of heatstroke has increased. Professor Daniel Gagnon, researcher at the Montreal Heart Institute, answers your questions on how heat can affect your cardiovascular health.

Samantha Robinson: turning hardship into hope

Foundation - June 9, 2021

Samantha was born with aortic stenosis, a heart defect that occurs when the valve that allows blood to flow from the left ventricle to the aorta and the rest of the body is too narrow. At only 13 months old, Samantha underwent a procedure called a heart catheterization by balloon valvuloplasty, a very complex procedure that dilates the valve with a balloon at the tip of a catheter.

Towards a better understanding of congenital heart disease

Foundation - May 31, 2021

Last August, the Foundation announced the creation of the André Chagnon Research Chair in Congenital Heart Disease. Thanks to a $2 million donation from Sojecci, this new research chair will help develop innovative approaches to the care and treatment of patients with congenital heart disease, a heart defect present from birth.

Dr. Sarah Gagliano Taliun: using genetics to keep hearts healthy

Foundation - May 24, 2021

Born in Ontario, Dr. Sarah Gagliano moved to Montreal in 2020 during a global pandemic to join the Montreal Heart Institute’s research team. This is the story of a bright researcher who loves to take on challenges!

The Gurman brothers: Traveling the world in search of the best treatment

Foundation - May 17, 2021

Twins Jonathan and Marvin Gurman, both entrepreneurs, recently underwent surgery for aortic valve stenosis. After consulting with various doctors around the world about the most advanced procedures in the field, they finally found the best treatment for them in their home city of Montreal. At the Montreal Heart Institute, they met Dr. Denis Bouchard, a pioneer in minimally invasive surgery. Find out how they learned about this surgical procedure that would have a major impact on their recovery.