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Heart Institute
40 Ruskin Street,,
Ottawa Ontario, K1Y 4W7
Phone:  (613) 761-5000

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The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is a bilingual academic health care institution dedicated to the promotion of cardiovascular health.

The Heart Institute was founded by Dr. Wilbert Keon, and since its opening in May 1976 has become an international centre of excellence for the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of heart disease through patient care, research, and education.

All of the Heart Institute's activities are integrated into a major university hospital, encouraging close interaction between scientists, clinicians, and other health care professionals.

Within the Heart Institute there are:

    • Three clinical floors (116 beds) offering specialized cardiac care
    • Cardiac life support areas consisting of:
      • 3 operating rooms
      • 3 catheterization labs
      • electrophysiology lab and procedure room
      • coronary care unit (8 beds)
      • recovery room (6 beds)
      • surgical critical care unit (8 beds)
      • Reference Centre in-patient and day units (24 beds)
    • A 90,000-sq.-ft. Research Centre houses research laboratories for:
      • anesthesia
      • arrhythmias
      • cardiac molecular and cellular biology
      • cardiac devices
      • hypertension
      • ipoproteins and atherosclerosis
      • vascular biology
      Research findings are used in clinical practice providing patients with leading-edge diagnosis and treatment.
    • The Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre includes a track, counseling space, telemetry and exercise equipment. Together with Heart Check, its health promotion arm, the Institute works to prevent coronary heart disease, speed the recovery process, and minimize the possibility of recurrence. Heart Check is available to the public and offers programs in stress management, nutrition, exercise, and smoking cessation.
    • The Diagnostic Centre offers the most current cardiac diagnostic tools including:
      • X-ray
      • electrocardiography
      • Holter monitoring
      • treadmills and stationary bikes for stress testing
      • echocardiography
      • electrophysiology
      • catheterization
    • The Nuclear Cardiology department is home to Canada's only Cardiac Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Centre. PET offers detailed 3-dimensional images of the heart, allowing a surgeon to assess, prior to surgery, what parts of the heart muscle can be saved and which parts are no longer functioning.
    • The Cardiac Reference Centre includes Canada's first Chest Pain Assessment Unit, a Day Unit (11 beds) with in-patient and short-stay beds where patients are admitted for procedures such as angiograms and cardioversions. The Cardiac Reference Centre allows the Institute to communicate with regional hospitals, providing a triage system for cardiac patients throughout the region. Patients from more than 40 area hospitals and clinical centres are referred to the Institute and admitted through the Reference Centre.
    • The Institute serves more than 1.5 million residents from Eastern and Northern Ontario, and Western Quebec. It is the only specialized, teaching, adult cardiac facility between Montréal and Kingston and it has the largest artificial heart program in Canada.

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