A series of projects funded by the Foundation have demonstrated day after day, how the Montreal Heart Institute is a world-class institution.
See, through their eyes, how the support of the Foundation and our donors makes a difference in the day-to-day lives of patients and health professionals of the MHI.
Use of donations
I had no symptoms of heart disease—no tightness or pain. I didn’t have diabetes or high cholesterol, and I wasn’t a smoker. I was recruited to participate in the Biobank by my daughter. While I was undergoing the tests, the doctors discovered that I had angina, and the angiography showed that my arteries were 70% blocked. Finally, I had a coronary angiography that confirmed that I needed a stent. Since then, the whole family has been recruited to take part in the Biobank to find out if heart disease runs in the family. This project could very well save the life of someone in my family—or yours.
̶ Jean Laberge, patient and participant in the Biobank
With more than 17,000 patients already involved in the Biobank project, our goal is to identify even more effective ways to treat the right people at the right time, and to better understand cardiovascular diseases, like hypertension and heart disease, as well as other conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Our patients are very enthusiastic about the project; without them, the Biobank would not be possible. I also owe a debt of gratitude to the Foundation, whose support has allowed us to build up this innovative resource that is unlike any other in Canada or anywhere else in the world, positioning our researchers at the forefront of major breakthroughs. We’re undergoing major changes at the moment, which is very exciting.
̶ Dr Jean-Claude Tardif, cardiologist and Director of the MHI Research Centre
Each year, 17 million people worldwide succumb to heart attacks and strokes. In my opinion, it was vitally important to help the Foundation finance the Biobank, which will be the first specialized hospital cohort of this magnitude, and which will enable MHI researchers and their partners to better identify the causes of cardiovascular diseases and to develop better diagnostic and prevention tools. Even more fascinating, it will help researchers to find more effective treatments for these diseases, and that’s really the ultimate goal.
̶ André Desmarais, donor
In 2008, I had a heart attack. Since then, I’ve been working out five times a week at the MHI’s ÉPIC Centre. I received invaluable advice from a kinesiologist and a nutritionist. At first, I couldn’t even climb a flight of stairs. Now, I can run and play badminton! Only 30% of my heart muscle is still alive; I know my limits, even though I feel like I’m still 25! The Montreal Heart Institute really made a difference for me. I owe them my life...
̶ Giorgio Serafin, participant in the cardiac rehabilitation program
The prevention of cardiovascular diseases is a pillar of the Institute’s mission, alongside patient care, research, teaching, and the assessment of new technologies. The ÉPIC Centre has more than 5,000 members, 2,000 of whom have heart problems, and every year conducts more than 300,000 visits and 12,000 medical evaluations. You could say that the ÉPIC Centre is a prevention laboratory. Quebecers clued in to the importance of prevention a few years ago, and their awareness continues to grow. The donations are what help us to keep spreading the word, hence the importance of the Foundation’s support.
̶ Dr Martin Juneau, cardiologist, researcher and Director of the Épic Centre
My husband had a heart attack when he was just 37 years old. He wasn’t given any medication or told to follow any prevention program. Ten years later, he had quintuple bypass surgery to prevent a second heart attack, which most likely would have killed him. Afterwards, with close follow-up, he was able to lead an active life with no heart problems up until his death from another disease. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s why I donate to the Montreal Heart Institute.
̶ Marielle Jetté, donor