Canadian Cardiovascular Society


The Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) is strongly committed to improving the quality of cardiovascular care across Canada through evidence-based health system transformation. In addition to its six sets of cardiovascular quality indicators, the CCS has also published a number of quality reports, policy papers and feasibility assessments to help enable pan-Canadian cardiovascular quality measurement and reporting.

National Quality Reports

Cardiac Care Quality Indicators Report

Each year, the CCS and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) jointly release a Cardiac Care Quality Indicator (CCQI) data update. The 2020 update includes data on mortality rates following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), aortic valve replacement (AVR), and combined AVR and CABG, as well as readmission rates after PCI and isolated CABG. The data has been pooled over three years (2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019) and is reported at the pan-Canadian, provincial, and local level.

Review commentaries on the Cardiac Surgery and PCI outcomes based on the 2019 CCQI data update.

Review the 2018 CCQI data update
Review the 2017 CCQI report

National Quality Report: TAVI

The 2019 National Quality Report: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) provides an updated pan-Canadian snapshot of TAVI care across the country between 2013 and 2017.

This report provides evidence to catalyze local, regional, and national quality improvement; to support patients’ access to high-quality care; and to foster a national strategy to optimize patient outcomes, health service utilization, and access to treatment.

Review the 2016 National Quality Report: TAVI

Key Publications of Interest


Quality of Cardiac Care in Canada: Recommendations for Building a Sustainable Future, Young et al., 2018

The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Quality Report: A call to arms for improving quality in Canada, Asgar et al.


The impacts of public reporting and benchmarking in cardiac care: A rapid update of the literature, Institute of Health Economics


Why We Need More and Better Cardiovascular Disease Quality Indicators, Cox et al., 2016

Quality of Care for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Development of Canadian Cardiovascular Society Quality Indicators, Quraishi et coll., 2016


The Development and Feasibility Assessment of Canadian Quality Indicators for Atrial Fibrillation, Cox et al., 2015

Canadian Cardiovascular Society quality indicators for heart failure, McKelvie et al., 2015

Quality of Care for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: Development of Canadian Cardiovascular Society Quality Indicators, Asgar et al., 2015

Feasibility of Assessing 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation Quality Indicators. Grace et al., 2015


Pan-Canadian Development of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Quality Indicators Grace et al., 2014

The Quality of Cardiac Rehabilitation in Canada: A Report of the Canadian Cardiac Rehab Registry, Grace et al., 2014


Improving Coronary Intensive Care Unit Performance on Meeting Canadian Quality Indicators on Acute Coronary Syndrome and Congestive Heart Failure Chun et al., 2013


Pan-Canadian Cardiovascular Data Definitions and Quality Indicators: A Status Update Johnstone et al., 2012

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Achieving Consensus on data definitions and quality indicators in Canada O’Neill, 2012

International Environmental Scan of Quality Indicators for Cardiovascular Care Abrahamyan et al., 2012


Best Practices for Developing Cardiovascular Quality Indicators Tu et al., 2011

Working Together to Develop Common Data Standards for Cardiovascular Databases in Canada Davies et al., 2011

Achieving Quality Indicator Benchmarks and Potential Impact on Coronary Heart Disease Mortality Wijeysundera et al., 2011


Cardiac Quality Indicators Key Informant Survey Canadian Cardiovascular Society, 2010

Pan-Canadian Data Definitions Background Paper Buller et al., 2010

Evaluation of Canadian, American and International Cardiovascular Registries Zhang et al., 2010

Benefits and Expected Outcomes of the Pan-Canadian Data Definitions and Quality Indicators Projects Kerr, 2010

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