Every year, 1 in 4 women lose their life to heart disease or stroke

Happy Birthday WHHI!

2019 is WHHI’s 10th Anniversary. This is our fundraising year! We need your help to ensure the continued success of the WHHI’s team as we provide the women of our community with the best preventative care and health promotion in the nation.

For approximately $150 per patient we can save lives. See our events and learn how you can help, participate individually or with your corporation to raise awareness and funds. Or simply go to our donate page, everything helps. Help us put research into practice.

Women & Heart Disease

Free Seminar

Thursday, September 27th

7pm – 8:30 pm

Beaconsfield Golf Club:
49 Golf Avenue Pointe Claire

Stéphane Bensoussan (Psychologist):
Stress Management Strategies

Wendy Wray Director of the MUHC – Women’s Healthy Heart Initiative (WHHI):
Women and Heart Disease – “KNOW YOUR NUMBERS”

Light refreshments will be served.

Reserve your space before September 24, 2018

Women’s Healthy Heart Initiative (WHHI) is the first collaborative Nurse-Led women’s heart disease prevention program in Canada.

Our goal is to empower women to take control of their own heart health through awareness, education and prevention.

Created at the McGill University Health Center, it is an innovative model of care where nurses and doctors work together to provide individualized primary prevention heart health care to women.

In 2018, WHHI partnered with the National Alliance, Canadian Women’s Health Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. This partnership enabled our small Wear Red Day, started in 2009 to go National to WEAR RED CANADA in 2019. Together we work to close the gaps and ensure women are well-informed and raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women in our country.


Signs of a heart attack may present differently in women than in men. Learn what to look for and what you can do to save a life.


80% of premature heart disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle behaviours. Learn what you can do today to lower your risk.


What you need to know about heart disease including FAQs, our blog, the latest research and a full list of resources.

Heart disease does not discriminate. Striking women of every age, race and religion.

Letter from

The Founder

Too many women still mistakenly believe that breast cancer is the greatest threat to their health while in reality it is heart disease. As a result, they are not looking for the symptoms of heart disease such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath or extreme fatigue. They may miss or dismiss these symptoms, delaying or not seeking medical help, potentially putting them at serious risk.

Heart disease is preventable by modifying and reducing risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, physical inactivity, smoking and poor nutrition. Since launching the WHHI, patient enrolment has far surpassed initial projections and the positive health benefits we have seen in the women that have been treated are impressive and extremely promising.

We all have a role to play in spreading the word and educating our friends, family and colleagues so they can prevent this disease. Sharing the information you read on this website, encouraging them to become more informed or seek professional help could improve or even save a woman’s life. By making a donation, you can make an even more tangible difference in reducing the risk of heart disease in women. Thank you for your invaluable support!

Wendy Wray,
RN, BScN, MScN, Director WHHI
Wendy is a Fellow, and was the founder and past co-chair of the Montreal Chapter of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is a member of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance Advocacy Working Group, and is also the recipient of the 2017 Sara Louise King award for Cardiology Research, the Senate of Canada 150 Bronze Medal and the 2017 MUHC Foundation Healthcare Professional of the Year Award.

Our Team

Dr. Allan Sniderman

Dr. Eleanor Elstein

Dr. Chris Labos

Edwards Professor of Cardiology
McGill University



Dr. Mark Smilouvitch

Terry Shannon-Wagner

Aileen Montesclaros


BSc, N.

Clinical Nurse (Cardiology), BScN, RN, MUHC Council of Nurses

Melissa Ayotte

Nick Landry

Susan Rodrigues

Licensed Practical Nurse, Administrative Officer, Member of OIIAQ


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Continuing the Conversation

What our Patients Say

Here are some testimonials from inspiring women who, with our support, have transformed their health and reduced their risk of heart disease.

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