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Cardiovascular Health Prevention at the Montreal Heart Institute

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Mélanie La Couture, Monique Maynard, Dr. Louis Bherer, Josée Darche, Margaux Watine

The Montreal Heart Institute Foundation is pleased to announce an $800,000 financial contribution from Canada Life. This donation will be dedicated to the construction of the final phase of the Montreal Heart Institute‘s EPIC Center, currently one of the largest cardiology prevention and cardiovascular disease rehabilitation centers in North America. With this generous contribution, Canada Life confirms its active support and leadership in the field of health and well-being in the community. 

A Donation with a Major Impact on Cardiovascular Health Prevention

Canada Life’s donation will allow the creation of a new research unit at the EPIC Center that is unique in Canada. This unit will bring together researchers and students interested in factors that can modulate the cognitive changes frequently observed in older people. Dr. Louis Bherer, neuropsychologist, a researcher recognized worldwide for his research work, and Assistant Scientific Director, Prevention at the Montreal Heart Institute, will lead the research unit alongside Drs. Mathieu Gayda and Daniel Gagnon.

As part of the expansion and modernization of the EPIC Center, a research gymnasium and laboratories will be dedicated to the study of the prevention of cognitive disorders and dementia. These will be operational by the fall of 2019.

“The construction of this new research unit will promote the Montreal Heart Institute and our local expertise. Our foundation is proud to be able to support this project and reaffirm the Institute’s leadership in the field of cardiovascular health prevention. We are extremely grateful to have Canada Life make a real difference in our community,” says Lino A. Saputo, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation.

“Our association with the Montreal Heart Institute and the EPIC Center is a natural fit. Canada Life has been proud to contribute to the physical, mental and financial health of Quebecers and Canadians for decades. We are particularly enthusiastic about supporting the creation of an innovative research unit that will have a positive impact on the lives of people here; they are at the heart of our daily actions,” says Monique Maynard, President, Quebec Affairs, Canada Life.

“We are privileged that Canada Life believes in our project. With the installation of the research gymnasium, our team will pursue innovative research that has the potential to change the lives of thousands of people by preventing brain decline associated with cardiovascular disease or dementia,” says Dr. Louis Bherer.

Prevention Research: a Must at the Montreal Heart Institute

After demonstrating a link between physical activity and cognitive health, Dr. Bherer will focus on the cognitive changes associated with cardiovascular disease, including factors that can modulate cognitive loss in the elderly. An important part of his work will focus on the effect of cognitive and physical training in the laboratory on attention control mechanisms, as well as on the cognitive vitality of the elderly. The EPIC Center’s team of researchers, composed of cardiologists, kinesiologists and an exercise physiologist, will also continue its promising work in dementia, cardio-oncology, depression and at-risk populations.

The results of the prevention research program have the potential to improve the quality of life and save the lives of thousands of patients. Through primary prevention, patients at the Montreal Heart Institute and the EPIC Center can prevent cardiovascular disease. Through secondary prevention, patients can avoid the recurrence of cardiovascular events, improve their daily lives and reduce medication use.

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