Nordic walking tops our unbeatable holiday reading list

December 2022

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Pour yourself some eggnog and cozy up by the fireplace. Our holiday reading list is here!

This year, our must-reads include articles about a better way to exercise, newly established research chairs, takeaways from a premier cardiovascular event, and the golden future of cardiac tissue repair.

Here is a look back at our favourite stories from 2022.  

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You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear Earl Wynands’ story

Earl Wynands was diagnosed with an eye condition in his early 20s that blurred his central vision. It didn’t stop him from becoming one of Canada’s most distinguished cardiac anesthesiologists. Read about a newly established research chair in cardiac anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the remarkable physician who inspired it.

Read the 5th most popular story »


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Canadian Cardiovascular Congress is the most wonderful time of the year

Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, researchers, nurses and other cardiovascular specialists from across the country and around the globe travelled to Ottawa in October to attend the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, the flagship event of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the country’s largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied health professionals. We were there, too, of course, and we brought a video crew in tow to report select highlights from the congress floor.

Read the 4th most popular story »


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The Heart Institute’s president and CEO makes the Nice List

A local business developer and his wife helped to establish the largest chair dedicated to a cardiovascular research program in Canada. The T.G. Mesana Endowed Team Chair in Heart Valve Disease is named in honour of a globally recognized heart valve surgeon and leader in team-based patient-centered care.

This story was the cover article of the July 2022 issue of Hospital News.

Read the 3rd most popular story »


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Everyone wishes for gold (nanoparticles and nano-engineered peptides, of course)

Gold nanoparticles have been of keen interest to scientists for years. In 2022, researchers at the Heart Institute discovered gold nanoparticles and nano-engineered peptides can be used to restore function, contractility, and electrical conductivity to damaged heart tissue – a scientific feat which may one day be applied to save human lives.

This story was republished in the July 2022 issue of Hospital News.

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North Pole sees increased demand for Nordic walking poles

Earlier this year, researchers comparing the sustained effects of cardiovascular rehabilitation exercises in patients with coronary artery disease determined Nordic walking confers additional health benefits than high-intensity interval training and moderate-to-vigorous intensity continuous training.

CBC, CNN, and WebMD are among many who also reported this story.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at some of the year’s most read stories. We will return in 2023 to continue bringing you the latest in cardiovascular care and research.

From all of us at The Beat, happy holidays.

The Beat Editorial Team

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