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JASMIN LABRIE

JASMIN LABRIE
28 years old, Mascouche
Senior consultant - Équipe Labrie Belisle | IG Gestion de patrimoine

JASMIN LABRIE

Jasmin was born with a tetralogy of Fallot, a triple cardiac malformation. When he was six years old, while his condition was considered to be major, he underwent surgery to correct two of the malformations, but a pulmonary valve was still missing. For this reason, he will have to undergo open heart surgery in two years at the Montreal Heart Institute where he's had yearly appointments for the last ten years for MRIs and stress tests. Feeling supported and in good hands, he doesn't hesitate to praise the great care and diligence of the medical team. The Institute's innovative systems at the cutting edge of technology continue to amaze him: on each of his visits, he notices how they evolve quickly, and how they improve the lives of patients.

Jasmin is happy to live without limitations. He is involved this year in the Emerging Leaders Committee of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation to raise awareness in his community to the issues of cardiovascular disease.

JUSTINE HAMELIN

JUSTINE HAMELIN
35 years old, Montreal
Consulting Director in Public Relations

JUSTINE HAMELIN

The Montreal Heart Institute is synonymous with peace of mind and absolute trust for Justine. Having had surgery at another centre at the age of four due to a heart murmur and an atrial septal defect (ASD), she has been closely monitored by a cardiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute since she was 18 years old. If she has questions or a health problem, she knows that she will be quickly supported by a team of experts. She will soon join the Institute's BioBank to participate in tests that will explore the link between genetics and her heart condition. This approach will help her better understand her illness, and she will participate in a research that will tell her whether it is hereditary.

This year, Justine is proudly involved in the Emerging Leaders Committee of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation to meet with other young and good-hearted philanthropists and raise awareness to cardiovascular issues.

GUILLAUME TWIGG

GUILLAUME TWIGG
34 years old, Laval
Computer Technician

GUILLAUME TWIGG

Guillaume has always been very active. Thinking himself perfectly healthy and regularly skiing, cycling and playing hockey, there was no hint that a heart failure would occur overnight. In 2011, he shows up at the ER after he lost consciousness, worried about a significant drop in energy. After extensive testing, Guillaume was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardio myopathy, a genetic defect of the heart's cell structure. His heart is only 7% functional. After his state became critical, he was transferred to the Montreal Heart Institute where he received a heart transplant. 

Since his surgery, his lifestyle has changed a lot. Now, he is doubly mindful to maintain healthy habits such a good nutrition and physical activity. He is involved in the Montreal Heart Foundation Emerging Leaders Committee to raise money that will help keep tens of thousands of patients' hearts healthy. 

LOUIS-PHILIPPE CLAIROUX

LOUIS-PHILIPPE CLAIROUX
26 years old, Montreal
Financial advisor

LOUIS-PHILIPPE CLAIROUX

Louis-Philippe had two surgeries at a very young age: at 10 days for a ventricular septal defect (VSD), and when he was 7 years old for an aortic coarctation. Despite his condition, and his surgeries, he has always done a lot of sports, in addition to feeding his passion for music.  At age 20, on his way to work, he has a strong dizzy spell and faints. He later wakes up at the hospital, where he is told that he had a stroke and that his right-hand side is paralyzed. While a university student, he has to go back to basics by writing with the left hand, seeing with only one eye, and having to deal with memory losses. Thanks to sport and music, his friends and family's dedication, and the care provided by the Montreal Heart Institute's medical team, he is thankful to be able to regain a normal life, albeit with some limitations. His progress is unbelievable.

Louis-Philippe supports the Montreal Heart Foundation's cause to raise awareness and to encourage the community to give generously to improve young patients' lives.

PIERRE-MARC HAMELIN

PIERRE-MARC HAMELIN

40 years old, Laval
Lawyer, Hamelin Vrkic

PIERRE-MARC HAMELIN

A patient of the Montreal Heart Institute since he was 18, Pierre-Marc had a defibrillator installed last July. Having undergone open heart surgery at age 3 due to an atrial septal defect (ASD), he notices in May 2018 a lack of improvement in his sports and a more and more pronounced shortness of breath. An arrhythmia is also starting to worry him. In June, he goes to the Institute in an emergency, where we identify a weakness his heart related to arrhythmia, as well as a ventricular desynchronization. Two ablation surgeries later, he has a defibrillator installed. His recovery was quick: a few months later, he even resumed his training!

Pierre-Marc has always felt that the expertise in cardiology at the Institute was very advanced. In each of his visits, he feels reassured and in good care. He is also convinced that the passionate staff who works there is perfectly equipped to support his cardiovascular health. He is particularly proud to be cared for in one of the three best cardiology centres in the world.

STÉPHANE DESLAURIERS

STÉPHANE DESLAURIERS
48 years old, Montreal
Editor and Customer Service Manager

STÉPHANE DESLAURIERS

In the spring of 2003, Stéphane begins to experience some unpleasant cardiac symptoms. One morning in May, he fainted while taking a simple shower. He quickly goes to the Montreal Heart Institute. After a revealing electrocardiogram, he is immediately admitted to do more tests.

After spending two full weeks on-site, the Institute doctors decide he has a congenital disease: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. They then decide to install a defibrillator to protect him against sudden death or a major heart failure. Right out of the hospital, his doctor reassured him with empathy and confirmed that he must continue his activities. He followed this advice and ran a half and a full marathon and he has a fully active lifestyle. Without the immediate support and undeniable skills of all these doctors, his life would have very different. For him, the Montreal Heart Institute is a heart story!