CCS News

Thank you - What great memories!

Wow, I cannot believe that 19 years has passed by with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society! Before I joined the CCS, I knew little about the impact of professional associations, let alone the specific role of this one. What a learning experience it has been working with such a dedicated group of members from across the country and staff right here in Ottawa.

“Leadership. Knowledge. Community” really are the three words that embody the characteristics of this organization.

When I look back, the number of areas where the CCS has lead in cardiovascular care or specialty medicine is significant. Be it the development of wait time benchmarks for cardiovascular services, the initial RCPSC diploma programs for sub-specialty areas, Choosing Wisely engagement, or the publication of quality measurement reports, CCS has been leading the way in Canada.

In the areas of knowledge exchange and professional development the CCS has also expanded its role and opportunities for member meaning and engagement—and this continues to grow. The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress and CCS guidelines and position statements, along with many tools to disseminate their recommendations, are now core to the CCS. The Trainee Review Programs enabled by the CCS and the CCS Academy also address unique member needs—and are highly valued.   Of course, I could not forget the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, purchased in 2010 from a small regional publisher, is now available globally and has grown its impact factor from 1.3 to 4.4.

When I started with the CCS, the organization had just over 1000 members. Today that number is over 2200 and the needs of those members has evolved over the years. Many CCS members are also members of one of our eleven CCS Affiliate organizations. These organizations allow for further sub-specialty focus, supported by the CCS, while being part of the larger cardiovascular community. Together, the CCS and these organizations have enriched the program of the Congress, combined voices on advocacy issues and collaborated on international initiatives.

My deepest thanks to all CCS members for everything they do. At any given time, CCS members are highly engaged in educational programme development, committee or writing panel work, editorial review, or advocacy. It has been wonderful working with such committed individuals—their energy ignites the organization!

I especially want to express my gratitude to each of the CCS and CCSA Presidents who’ve served during my time as CEO, and to everyone who has served on Council. Collectively, our membership gives their time and talents to contribute immensely to cardiovascular health, care and system change in Canada.

I also want to recognize and thank the CCS staff, many whom have worked here for several years. The staff team works hard to advance the CCS agenda. Their efforts and dedication combined with the memberships’ enthusiasm impacts on cardiovascular health and care in Canada.

The pursuit of excellence never ends. After almost two decades with CCS, I can say that it has been a great ride. If I could give any parting words of advice for my successor, it would be to capitalize on the ideas and energy of our members and staff to take the CCS to the next level.

Yours truly,


Anne Ferguson

CEO, Canadian Cardiovascular Society

(posted May 16, 2018)

New pan-Canadian report on cardiovascular care outcomes to be released May 31

On May 31, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) will jointly release a new pan-Canadian report on mortality and readmission outcomes following PCI and Cardiac Surgery. The release of this report will represent an important step in the CCS’ journey towards improving transparency and quality of cardiac care across Canada.

The 2018 Cardiac Care Quality Indicators (CCQI) Report uses data from the most recent reporting year (2016-2017) to report six outcome indicators and one volume measure:

  • 30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After Isolated CABG
  • 30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After CABG and AVR
  • 30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After Isolated AVR
  • 30-Day Readmission Rate After Isolated CABG
  • 30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After PCI
  • 30-Day Readmission Rate After PCI
  • PCI Volume (measure not risk-adjusted)

To read the inaugural 2017 CCQI Report, which included results on mortality and readmission outcomes based on three years of pooled data (2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016), click here.

To access the latest installment of the CCQI Report on May 31, visit

(posted May 16, 2018)

Survey Reminder: Tell us what advocacy tools and health policy issues matter to you

Last year, the CCS and many of its members engaged in a number of federal-focused advocacy activities, primarily towards the goal of securing sustainable funding for the CCS Quality Project.

Now, the CCS is looking to its membership to help inform future advocacy activities, resources and areas of focus. Not only are CCS members experts in the field of cardiovascular patient care, but they are constituents and ultimately, voters; who have the capacity to influence the health landscape.

We ask that you please complete our five-minute surveyto share your feedback on what cardiovascular care topic areas matter to you; how you perceive your role as an advocate for health system change; and what advocacy activities you have engaged in, in support of the CCS Quality Project.

Deadline to complete the survey is May 11, 2018.

(posted May 16, 2018)

Liberal MP Wayne Easter deems federal funding for the CCS Quality Project “critical” in The Hill Times

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s (CCS) Quality Project was in the news recently, in the form of an opinion-editorial authored by Liberal Member of Parliament Wayne Easter, Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA).

Using the Quality Project as a critical case study in increasing health system efficiencies and quality of patient care across Canada, MP Easter argues in the April 18 issue of the Hill Times that it is important for the federal government to begin systematically measuring health outcomes.

In reference to the CCS Quality Project, MP Easter writes:

“Being able to track and measure care would lead to evidence-based improvements in patient care and more sustainable health systems with better, more predictable outcomes. While the 2018 budget did not include the funding for the CCS heart health initiative, I remain convinced it is a critical initiative moving forward to increase health system inefficiencies.”

The publication of MP Easter’s article comes two months after the federal government’s failure to include funding for the CCS in Budget 2018.  
MP Easter and other FINA members have been strong supporters of the CCS Quality Project. In fact, in its pre-budget report to the Government of Canada tabled in December 2017, FINA explicitly recommended funding in the 2018 federal budget for the CCS’ pan-Canadian heart health initiative.

Read MP Easter’s full opinion-editorial here.

(posted Apr 30, 2018)

 CJC Readership Survey reveals high engagement with new journal-related initiatives

Last month, we asked CCS Members to share their thoughts and feedback on the Canadian Journal of Cardiology through our annual readership survey.  

Valuable insights and comments received from a large number of respondents helped inform what CJC readers currently like – and what they would like to see more of.

Results at a glance:

  • When asked what type of content readers would like to see more of, the leading categories were: original papers (57%); review articles (47%), CV controversies (44%); guidelines (37%) and brief rapid reports (37%)
  • 67% of authors said they would be interested in being interviewed about their articles for the new CJC Podcast
  • 53% of respondents said they would be ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to submit articles to CJC Open, the CCS’ brand new open-access journal (launching early 2019)
  • The CJC is on Twitter! 20% of respondents said they were not aware of the CJC’s growing presence on the social media platform. Be sure to follow @SCC_CCS_CJC for the latest updates on cutting-edge science and CJC initiatives.
  • The CJC’s Trainee Section was launched in late 2017, and is already gaining momentum. More than 33% of survey respondents said that they and/or their trainees have found this practical, non-scholarly section to be of value.  

Thank you to all CCS Members who took the time to contribute feedback to this survey. Your insights will help inform future CJC content and journal-related initiatives.

(posted Apr 30, 2018)

The 2018 CCS/CAIC Antiplatelet Therapy Guidelines Focused Update is now published!

The 2018 Focused Update of the Guidelines for the Use of Antiplatelet Therapy (APT) incorporates new evidence on how to optimize APT use, particularly in situations in which few to no data were previously available.

Recommendations focus on the duration of DAPT in patients who undergo PCI, management of DAPT in those who undergo noncardiac surgery or CABG, when and how to switch between oral APTs and other reasons for anticoagulation. In addition to specific recommendations, values and preferences and practical tips are provided to aid the practicing clinician in the day to day use of these important guidelines.

Read the full article in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology (CJC).

(posted Apr 17, 2018)