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Prevention watch

of the Montreal Heart Institute

Promoting the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases in order to prolong life expectancy in good health.

Recent articles

Exercise reduces cardiovascular inflammation by modulating the immune system

Voluntary and regular exercise in mice decreases the number of inflammatory leukocytes (white blood cells) in the bloodstream. The underlying mechanism involves a decrease in the secretion of the hormone leptin by fat cells.

The importance of maintaining normal cholesterol levels, even at a young age

One study reports that young adults with high blood cholesterol levels are much more likely to be affected by cardiovascular disease later in life.

Exercise on an empty stomach to burn more fat

Exercising on an empty stomach, rather than after a meal, could burn twice as much fat according to a randomized controlled study.

Quitting smoking in favour of e-cigarettes leads to rapid improvement in cardiovascular health

A randomized clinical study shows that blood vessel function is significantly improved only 1 month after the transition from tobacco to electronic cigarettes.

Bedtime may be the best time for taking antihypertensive medication

Hypertensive people who take their antihypertensive medication at bedtime have better control of their blood pressure and a lower risk of cardiovascular events and mortality than people who take their medication in the morning, according to a new study.


To facilitate the search for information, articles on topics of particular importance for heart disease prevention are grouped into easily accessible folders.

Observatoire de la prevention

The Observatoire de la prévention of the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) is part of the Prevention Branch of the MHI.

The MHI is a hospital centre highly specialized in cardiology and dedicated to patient care, research, education, prevention, rehabilitation, and the evaluation of new technologies in cardiology. Always at the forefront of innovation, the MHI is a leader in its field and plays a leading role in Quebec, Canada, and the world. The MHI is affiliated with Université de Montréal.

The Observatoire de la prevention was created in partnership with the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF), through donations made by IGA grocers as part of their “$2 does the heart good” campaign, an annual event for over 35 years.

The Foundation raises and administers funds to support research, patient care, education, prevention, rehabilitation, and the evaluation of the Montreal Heart Institute’s new technologies. Through its work, the Foundation supports the excellence of an internationally renowned institution that serves all Quebecers.