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Towards a better understanding of congenital heart disease

Foundation - Monday 31 May, 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 - Monday 24 May, 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 - Monday 17 May, 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.  

Doing good while waiting for a heart transplant

Foundation - Thursday 29 April, 2021

Éric Cool suffered a nearly fatal heart attack which upended his life. After undergoing emergency heart surgery, he is now closely monitored and waiting for a heart transplant. How does he quell his anxiety and focus on the positive? By launching a fundraising campaign with the help of his children and friends in support of the Foundation. A story of a man who prefers to see the positive in life, no matter what it has in store for him.

Questions and answers: high blood pressure

Foundation, in collaboration with Dr. Martin Juneau, cardiologist and Director of Prevention at the Institute - Thursday 29 April, 2021

High blood pressure is the main factor of risk associated with cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Martin Juneau, cardiologist and Director of Prevention at the Montreal Heart Institute, answers your questions about high blood pressure.

A donation that is a tribute to Jacques Gendreau’s life

Foundation - Thursday 22 April, 2021

Jacques Gendreau passed away in December 2020. He was monitored at the Institute for atrial fibrillation and a leaky heart valve. In order to thank the Institute for the excellent care he received, he chose to include a donation to the Foundation in his will. A heartfelt gesture that allows the Foundation to save more sensitive hearts.

Two years of intensive learning

Foundation, in collaboration with Dr. Laura Vidales, fellow cardiologist at the Institute - Monday 19 April, 2021

In 2020, Argentinian cardiologist Laura Vidales began her second year of fellowship at the Institute, where she continued her superspecialized work in congenital heart defects. This innovative branch of cardiovascular medicine has blazed a path for itself with rapid advances over the last few years. Thanks to the support of the Foundation’s donors, Dr. Vidales and many other doctors have become acquainted with the Canadian healthcare system.

Continuing the battle against type 2 diabetes during a pandemic

Foundation - Monday 19 April, 2021

If you could reverse your type 2 diabetes diagnosis through exercise and healthy eating, would you do it? That was the challenge taken up by patients of the Diabetes Prevention Clinic sponsored by Sun Life at the Montreal Heart Institute in 2018.

Preventing cognitive decline caused by atrial fibrillation

Foundation, in collaboration with Dr. Lena Rivard, electrophysiologist and cardiology researcher at the Institute - Monday 12 April, 2021

Dr. Lena Rivard and her colleagues Dr. Denis Roy and Dr. Paul Khairy, physician researchers in cardiology and electrophysiologists at the Montreal Heart Institute, are leading BRAIN-AF, the world’s first study that seeks to demonstrate a link between atrial fibrillation and cognitive decline in young patients.

When reality exceeds your wildest dreams

Foundation, in collaboration with Caroline Dupré, a nurse at the Institute’s transplant clinic - Friday 9 April, 2021

Even as a child, Caroline Dupré knew she wanted to be a nurse. “Taking care of people is what’s most important to me. When I was small, I carried around a little doctor’s bag and put bandages on my dolls. You could say I figured out pretty early on that I wanted to work in a hospital.” Growing up, she set her sights on working at the Montreal Heart Institute, a dream that quickly came true.