Women's Heart Health

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

Legion Hall, Hines Road, Kanata

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Nadine Elias

Women@Heart Program Manager

Canadian Women's Heart Health Center, (CWHHC) University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

- University of Concordia,  Clinical Exercise Physiology
- Certified kinesiologist
- Wide experience in behavioral counseling and health promotion.


Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death for women in Canada.

Nadine has been with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute since 2005.

Initially, she worked with the research team as an Educator. Her focus was looking at behavioral counseling and health impacts of cardio-vascular disease (CVD) risk factor interventions in prevention and treatment of CVD. In 2011, Nadine took on a new role in prevention and wellness activities for family members of patients with CVD, employee wellness, and community outreach activities. She facilitated innovative educational programs and evidence-based interventions for preventing and managing cardiovascular diseases.

In 2013, with the launch of the Canadian Women Heart Health Center, Nadine  designed, developed and implemented a peer support program for women with heart disease.

Since the program launch in 2015, she has overseen day-to-day activities of the program; worked with the research team to evaluate it; and sought out expansion opportunities nationally. 

Nadine's Presentation for CFUW Kanata

When it comes to heart disease, women are under-studied, under-diagnosed, under-treated, under-supported and under-aware. Women themselves tend to under-estimate the risk of dying or becoming seriously unwell due to heart disease.

The Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre (CWHHC) wants to ensure every woman - and those with women in their lives - becomes educated about heart disease and how to take heart-protective action to minimize their risks. The CWHHC is proud to offer free, in-person and online community presentations to groups and organizations across Canada.

This presentation will cover

1. What heart disease is;

2. How heart disease is different in women, including signs and symptoms;

3. Risks for heart disease;

4. How you can take heart health action;

5. Tips for talking with your health care providers.

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