Interview with Clarissa Nolasco, nurse at the Institute's Heart Failure Clinic - Monday 8 May, 2023
From the moment she walked through the doors of the Montreal Heart Institute in 2006, Clarissa Nolasco has never looked back. The clinical nurse tells us about the unparalleled nursing care they provide, focused on personalized support, and their remarkably human approach, which makes the hospital so unique.
Interview with Ariane Bouchard, organizer of the Assomption en foulées event - Tuesday 21 March, 2023
Éric Cool is a well-known patient at the Montreal Heart Institute and its Foundation. He underwent emergency surgery in 2021 after suffering a massive heart attack at the age of 47. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over time and he received a heart transplant in 2023. That’s when Ariane Bouchard decided to encourage residents of L’Assomption to take part in a race to raise funds to support the fight against cardiovascular diseases.
After the third period of a hockey game, Brad decided to get off the ice and stay on the bench because he didn’t feel well. When the game was over, he went to lie down in the locker room because he felt a severe back pain. Once he went home, he put ice on his back to relieve the pain and decided to sleep it off. He didn’t wake up the next day.
Gilles Spinelli was admitted to the Montreal Heart Institute in 1979 for an aortic valve problem. At the time, he had no idea he was going to become one of the Institute’s most devoted volunteers, generously supporting its mission in myriad ways.
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.
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.
Of her own accord, the philanthropist found herself at the epicentre of international initiatives to advance the COLCORONA clinical trial, along with Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif. Passionate and driven by a genuine desire to save lives, she joined the battle just like she has for countless other causes.
Mr. Labrie, 29, is an active, energetic, and ambitious entrepreneur with an impressive list of achievements under his belt. He has invested his body and soul in his company, he is involved within the community, and sits on several boards of directors, including the one at the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. Hard to believe that he underwent open-heart surgery last June.