Media Advisory - Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2007



    QUEBEC, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ -

    
                 What not to miss on Sunday October 21, 2007
        NOTE: All presentations are embargoed to date and time of
                                 presentation

    11:30 AM                             Community Forum (QCCC) - poster 097
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    Canadian cardiology climbs new peaks with mountaineering medicine
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    Can a simple blood test be developed to determine if a climber is at risk
    of developing altitude sickness before disabling symptoms appear?

    12:00 - 2:00 PM
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    Abdominal obesity and the metabolic syndrome - Canadian Journal of
    Cardiology Symposium
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    What is the relationship between abdominal obesity, metabolic syndrome
    and heart health?  A panel of experts presents the latest information.

    12:45 PM                                       Room 202 (Level 2 - QCCC)
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    Canadian surgical success leading the world
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    The latest Canadian results on a new cardiac surgery that is giving new
    hope to patients who were previously not eligible for surgery.

    2:30 to 3:30 PM                            Room 2000 A-B (Level 2, QCCC)
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    Scale back on obsession with weight - international obesity expert
    presents the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Lecture
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    We need to change how we look at obesity, and redefine the use of weight
    loss drugs, according to a top international expert who will give the
    Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Lecture.


    OTHER PRESENTATIONS TO NOTE

    4:30 - 6:00 PM    CCS/ACC Symposium: Advanced cardiac imaging in coronary
                      artery disease            Room 2000 A-B (Level 2, QCCC)
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    6:15 - 7:30 PM    CCS/HSFC Joint Awards Reception Canada's top
                      cardiovascular researchers, including up and coming
                      investigators and outstanding experts in research,
                      receive awards from the host organizations
                                 Porte du Palais, Hilton International Quebec
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                 WHAT NOT TO MISS ON MONDAY OCTOBER 22, 2007
        NOTE: All presentations are embargoed to date and time of
                                 presentation


    9 to 10 AM                                 Room 2000 A-B (Level 2, QCCC)
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    State of the Art Lecture - heart failure trials and tribulations
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    A North American expert speaks to the issues surrounding heart failure, a
    condition that affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians and is on the
    rise.

    10:45 to 11:00 AM                             Room 206 B (Level 2, QCCC)
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    Discovering the genes linking stress, high bp, alcoholism and tobacco
    addiction
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    Discovering and mapping the genetic pathways of heart disease risk
    factors - the latest breakthrough from a Quebec-based study funded by the
    Heart and Stroke Foundation.

    2:15 PM                                     Room 208 A-B (Level 2, QCCC)
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    Putting heart rehabilitation on the line
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    The revolution in telephone and e-based technologies is reducing heart
    disease risk factors

    3:15 PM                                         Room 203 (Level 2, QCCC)
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    Sleep deprived surgeons
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    Does a bad night's sleep lead to a bad day's operating for heart
    surgeons?

    OTHER PRESENTATIONS TO NOTE

    10:00 am    Health Policy Workshop: Whose Job is it Anyway? :
                Responsibility and Liability in Expanded Cardiac Care Teams
                (telemedicine and distance medicine strategies)
                                             Session Theatre, Community Forum
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    11:00 am    CCS Anniversary Lecture: a robotic cardiac surgery pioneer
                looks at how technology will significantly alter the way
                cardiovascular medicine is practiced
                                                Room 2000 A-B (Level 2, QCCC)
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    12:30 pm    Symposium on percutaneous interventions: what's new in device
                therapy?                           Room 206 C (Level 2, QCCC)
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    2:30 pm     Incidence and cardiac causes of sudden unexpected death in
                Quebec Children and adolescents      Room 207 (Level 2, QCCC)
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    4:00 pm     Debates - current controversies in CVD sciences - Has
                industry hijacked the research agenda?
                                                    Room 2000 (Level 2, QCCC)
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                 WHAT NOT TO MISS ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 23, 2007
        NOTE: All presentations are embargoed to date and time of
                                 presentation

    10:00 AM                             Community Forum (QCCC) - poster 026
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    Fears and tears for children with heart defects
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    Should parents of children who have had surgery to correct heart defects
    be concerned about play time injuries?

    10:30 AM                             Community Forum (QCCC) - poster 007
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    An added heart disease burden for South Asian Canadians
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    What is adding to the heart disease burden of South Asian Canadians, a
    population already at greater risk?

    2:00 to 3:00 PM                                Room 2000 (Level 2, QCCC)
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    CCS Consensus Conference on Congestive Heart Failure
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    400,000 Canadians affected, 1.38 million hospital days each year - are we
    ready to tackle the biggest challenge in heart disease? The Canadian
    Cardiovascular Society Consensus Conference explores congestive heart
    failure, with a focus on cardiomyopathies, heart muscle damage leading to
    enlarged hearts.

    3:30 to 3:50 PM                                Media Room (Level 4 QCCC)
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    New Canadian recommendations on drug eluting stents and anti-platelet
    therapy
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    A media briefing session in the media room at Congress by the authors of
    new Canadian recommendations on the use of these "in the news" therapies.
    Dial in # - 1-866-834-7685 and enter code 1170353#.

    4:30 PM Room 202                                         (Level 2, QCCC)
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    Still fishing for answers on fish oil supplementation
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    New study raises questions on some of the heart health benefits of fish
    oil

    OTHER PRESENTATIONS TO NOTE

    9:00        John Keith Lecture: Indications for coronary artery bypass in
                infants and in children             Room 2000 (Level 2, QCCC)
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    9:45        Wilfred G. Bigelow Lecture: Transcatheter valve therapy:
                impact of surgery and surgeons      Room 2000 (Level 2, QCCC)
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    9:45        Prevalence and gender distribution of Metabolic Syndrome in
                South Asians and White Caucasians with Coronary Heart Disease
                                                 Room 204 A-B (Level 2, QCCC)
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    10:00       Cdn Cardiovascular Society Workshop - Benchmarks for Access
                to Cardiovascular Services and Procedures
                                                        Community Forum, QCCC
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    11:00       CIHR/ICRH Distinguished Lecture The Islet-1 heart progenitor
                story: A parable for regenerative cardiovascular medicine
                                                    Room 2000 (Level 2, QCCC)
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    2:00 pm     Joint CCS/CAIC Position Statement on Drug Eluting Stents and
                Anti-platelet Therapy               Room 2000 (Level 2, QCCC)
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               WHAT NOT TO MISS ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24, 2007
        NOTE: All presentations are embargoed to date and time of
                                 presentation

    9 AM to 10:30 AM                               Room 2000 (Level 2, QCCC)
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    Late breaking clinical trials
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    An expert update on major clinical research trials with a strong Canadian
    influence that are shaping the future of heart health, including the
    CHAMP-C, HART, LOYAL, A-4, COURAGE and ARISE trials.

    9:45 AM                                        Room 2101 (Level 2, QCCC)
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    No consistency in cardiac surgery wait times
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    A new study analyzes Canadian and international cardiac surgery wait
    times, and the strength of the evidence that guides this important tool
    in health care policy and funding.
    

    CONGRESS ENDS AT 10:30 AM

    MEDIA ROOM CLOSES AT 11 AM




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(418) 649-5215 (Oct 21-24) or Marie-Christine Garon - Massy-Forget Public
Relations, (514) 842-2455 ext 23

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