Metro Toronto Convention Centre Hosts 2012 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress

November 24, 2012

The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, the largest gathering of cardiovascular health and care professionals in the country, was held Oct. 27-31, attracting close to 4,000 delegates to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The event is co-hosted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and brings together a total of 20 different organizations.

Delegates include physicians, surgeons, researchers, nurses, medical students, and allied health professionals.

The delegates come together to share ideas and debate their work, foster important relationships and translate knowledge into improved patient care, according to event officials.

"As the importance of collaborating and sharing knowledge in health care continues to grow, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is a perfect location to host Congress," said Dr. Tom Parker, CCS chair of the Annual Meeting.

He added, “Being able to connect everyone under one roof is important. Our delegates appreciate it."

The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress was expected to benefit the local economy with more than $4 million in visitor spending.

"We are delighted to host such an important Canadian congress at our Convention Centre. Gatherings such as these help promote research, teach and improve the cardiovascular health of Canadians," said Barry Smith, president and CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The program featured plenary sessions, workshops, oral and poster sessions, debates, updates on important practice guidelines, accredited symposia and a community forum (exhibit area), with close to 100 exhibitors displaying the latest products and services.

New to the Congress this year is the OSCE (Objectively Structured Clinical Examination) Station where delegates had the opportunity to 'test drive their skills' on a variety of cardiovascular related topics.

Also new this year was a session called “Snapshots from the Lab”, where taped cases from the catheterization labs were analyzed and discussed by a panel of cardiovascular experts.

The CCS nationally represents cardiovascular physicians and scientists.

Its mission is to promote cardiovascular health and care through knowledge translation, including dissemination of research and encouragement of best practices and professional development, and leadership in health policy, according to association officials.

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