Video highlights from CCC: Canada’s largest and longest-running cardiovascular meet-up

October 29, 2019

The Beat’s editorial team hopped a train to Montreal last week to cover the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC), the largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied healthcare professionals in the country. We met with cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, researchers, nurses and other cardiovascular specialists from across Canada to bring you some of the latest research and innovations coming out of this year’s meeting.

In this article we’re recapping our time at CCC, bringing you ten short video highlights straight from the Congress floor.

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Why do delegates attend the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress?

Year after year, the Congress continues to grow its network by bringing together returning and new delegates to different locations across the country. Here’s what this year’s delegates had to say about their reason for attending.

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The value of heart teams…

Dr. Sharon Chih tells how a multidisciplinary team of specialists must work together to improve patient outcomes.

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Sudden cardiac death in competitive athletes…

Dr. Anne Fournier says healthcare professionals working with athletes must now be better informed and educated about how to effectively screen for cardiac conditions in athletes.

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The shift to competency-based medical education in Canada…

Dr. Fraser Rubens addressed the current challenges and opportunities facing today’s cardiovascular trainees making the shift from time-based to competency-based medical education.

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What happens to babies born to mothers with hypertension…?

Dr. Mariane Bertagnolli’s research project determined female babies born to mothers with maternal hypertension (high blood pressure) are more at risk of fetal heart changes and heart muscle disease later in life.

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Nordic walking vs. standard exercise therapy in heart failure patients…

Dr. Stephanie Prince Ware determined both Nordic walking and standard exercise therapy result in clinically significant improvements in both exercise capacity and quality of life in heart failure patients.

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The learning needs of patients after a heart attack

Registered Nurse Olivia Provencal Levesque’s quality improvement project examined the learning needs of patients with reduced ejection fraction after a heart attack.

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An award-winning doctor…

The Beat caught up with Dr. Rob Beanlands just minutes after receiving the Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

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… And award-winning research…

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Mohammad Al-Khalaf shared results of his soon-to-be-published study which investigated the role of DNA breaks leading to inflammation inducing heart failure. Dr. Al-Khalaf was awarded the Trainee Research Award in Basic Science for the work he presented at CCC.

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Sixth-Year Cardiology Resident Dr. Kevin Boczar placed second in the Trainee Research Award in Clinical Science category for this work to better predict future thoracic aortic aneurysm expansion. Find out who else from the Heart Institute was recognized at this year’s Congress.

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Find out who else from the Heart Institute was recognized at this year’s Congress.

Congratulations to all of this year’s CCC awardees.