Our history



Canadian firsts at the Montreal Heart Institute

The Montreal Heart Institute has continually made a mark in Canada.

The Montreal Heart Institute was the first health care institution in Canada to perform:

  • A heart transplant, in 1968.
  • A coronary angioplasty, in 1980.
  • A percutaneous aortic valve dilatation, in 1986.
  • A mitral valve dilatation, in 1987.
  • A post-infarction percutaneous closure of a ventricular septal defect, in 2002.
  • Combined treatment of a ventricular septal defect and a heart bypass, in 2003.
  • In collaboration with the CHU Sainte-Justine, treatment of Kawasaki disease in a child using the Rotablator® system, in 2006.
  • Implantation of a new type of aortic valve without open-heart surgery (a North American first), in 2006.
  • Implantation of a new type of cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (Concerto™), in 2006.
  • Atrial fibrillation treatment using cryoablation, in 2007.
  • Optimal ultrafiltration to treat heart failure patients, in 2008.
  • Percutaneous treatment of mitral valve failure, in 2011.
  • Sutureless aortic valve replacement through minimally invasive surgery , in 2012.