Press Releases


  • Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif Receives the Prestigious Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize

    September 10, 2021

    The Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) is proud to announce that Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif has been honoured with the 2021 Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize.

    This prestigious distinction is awarded annually to a Canadian physician or scientist who makes outstanding contributions to heart disorders’ treatment, amelioration, or cure.

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  • Results of the COLCORONA study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

    May 27, 2021

    Colchicine could be considered as a treatment for non-hospitalized patients diagnosed with COVID-19 by PCR test and at risk of complications.

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  • BRAIN-AF Study Receives Canadian Institutes of Health Research Grant

    March 16, 2021

    The Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) announces that the BRAIN-AF study has received a $1.4 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Seeking to better understand the effects of cardiovascular disease on the cognitive decline of the brain, the study will be able to recruit participants remotely thanks to this funding.

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  • New Clinical Trial on Hesperidin

    February 16, 2021

    A natural product to fight symptoms related to COVID-19

    The Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) is launching a new clinical trial to evaluate the effect of hesperidin on symptoms related to COVID-19. This flavonoid naturally found in citrus fruits has distinct properties that may reduce the entry and replication of the SARS-CoV2 virus in the body along with the modulation of inflammatory mediators, thus potentially reducing symptoms and prevent complications from the disease.

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  • Major scientific breakthrough to treat COVID-19

    January 27, 2021

    UPDATE: COLCORONA study manuscript is now available in the public domain.


    On January 22, 2021, the Montreal Heart Institute announced positive results from COLCORONA trial. These results showed that colchicine is the only effective oral medication for treating non-hospitalized patients.

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  • A new discovery in heart muscle disease

    January 26, 2021

    This medical breakthrough could help prevent the leading cause of sudden death in young people.

    An international team of researchers co-led by Dr. Rafik Tadros, Cardiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute and Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal, has identified new genetic traits associated with heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy). This breakthrough, published today in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Genetics, could have a significant impact in the development of drugs against this disease whose mechanisms are still little known.

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  • Colchicine reduces the risk of COVID-19-related complications

    January 23, 2021

    Positive results from COLCORONA trial show that colchicine is the only effective oral medication for treating non-hospitalized patients

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  • New data supports development of colchicine for the prevention of acute respiratory distress syndrome

    December 7, 2020

    This syndrome can develop in patients with COVID-19 if the virus enters the respiratory tract and damages the lungs

    The Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) has announced that colchicine, a widely available low-cost drug, reduces acute lung injury (ALI), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and respiratory failure in pre-clinical models1. The article reporting these results was published yesterday by the Public Library of Science ONE (PLOS ONE) 1.

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  • Colchicine shows promise as a treatment for at-home COVID-19 patients

    November 29, 2020

    Recruitment of participants in the COLCORONA phase 3 study likely to end in 2020

    The Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) today announced that the COLCORONA clinical trial will continue to recruit non-hospitalized adult patients with COVID-19 as recommended by the independent data monitoring committee (DMC), following a second interim analysis.

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  • Early Invasive Intervention for Atrial Fibrillation may Improve Patient Outcomes and Provide a Better Quality of Life

    November 16, 2020

    Doctors from the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) presented new data today at the American Heart Association Late-Breaking Scientific Sessions. Simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the data shows that catheter ablation as first-line treatment may be better than antiarrhythmic drugs in preventing the recurrence of abnormal heart rhythm (atrial tachyarrhythmia, atrial fibrillation), and improve patient well-being.

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