CCS News

Latest data on cardiac procedure outcomes now available, quality of cardiac care in other areas remains unknown with no progress in sight

Latest Cardiac Care Quality Indicator data for percutaneous coronary intervention and cardiac surgery are now available. Yet this is just one piece of the broader national cardiac reporting system that has not been funded by the federal government despite repeat attempts in the last three budgets. Without it, the CCS does not have the resources that are required to scale and spread this important work, and the gains made to date in other areas, particularly chronic cardiovascular conditions, will be lost.  

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Budget 2019 fails to include funding for the CCS Quality Project

Despite best efforts and major support at the highest level of government, federal Budget 2019 shows no sign of funds for the CCS Quality Project. Without this year’s federal funding commitment, the CCS will have no choice but to scale down the project, limiting our ability to advance quality cardiovascular care in Canada.

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Call for Submissions for the Early Career Atrial Fibrillation & Arrhythmia Award (Previously the Atrial Fibrillation Research Award)

This important research award encourages clinical, health services and population health research in the field of atrial fibrillation, syncope and prevention of sudden cardiac death.

Four to six (4-6) awards totaling up to $600,000 (each individual award can be up to $150,000) will be awarded based on an independent peer review process.

Submissions due March 31, 2019.

CCS meets with federal Minister of Health in advance of 2019 Budget release 

The CCS continues to meet with key government stakeholders in hopes of securing $12.5 million over five years to scale and spread our Quality Indicator Project. Our most recent meetings have been with:

  • The Honourable Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Federal Minister of Health (February 1, 2019)

  • Bill Casey, Chair, Federal Standing Committee on Health (January 29, 2019)

  • Rick Theis, Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister of Canada (January 25, 2019)

We expect Budget 2019 to be released in late February/early March.

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CJC Open to premier its first issue

The CJC Open, CCS' new open access journal, will publish its first issue on

Congratulations Drs. Michael Chu, Atul Jaidka, Sabe De and Dave Nagpal who are authors of CJC Open's first accepted article. Check out their research paper on Prophylactic RVAD for High Risk Patients Undergoing Valve Corrective Surgery in the first issue.


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2019 Call for Topics Now Open!

The CCS Guidelines Committee is seeking member input to determine guideline and position statement topics for development in 2019 – 2020.  You must be a CCS member to submit a topic and work on the statement cannot already be initiated.

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It’s time to renew your CCS membership

Thank you to our Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) members who continue to demonstrate their commitment to their profession, career and patients by renewing their membership. As a CCS member, you understand the value of belonging to the Society and how your support contributes to a strong, relevant and influential cardiovascular sector in Canada. You can renew quickly and easily at

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Heart Rhythm Society Joint Position Statement on the Cardiovascular Screening of Competitive Athletes is now published

In this position statement the CCS and the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS) address the lack of a Canadian position on cardiovascular screening of competitive athletes by creating appropriate, evidence-based recommendations for Canadian sporting organizations and institutions. The recommendations focus on the role of routine ECG screening for the prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death and outline the elements of cardiovascular screening such as the history, physical examination, and the 12-lead ECG. Additionally, the importance of shared decision making is encouraged when cardiac conditions are diagnosed, and policies and procedures are described for the management of emergencies in sport settings. Look out for the published article in the January issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology (CJC).

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