Metro Toronto Convention Centre welcomes American and International Heart Failure Experts September 21-24, 2008



    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC)
today announced that it will be welcoming about 2,000 of the world's heart
failure experts at the 12th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure
Society of America (HFSA), September 21-24, 2008.
    The HFSA's Scientific Meeting is the only forum for heart failure
specialists to discuss and present the latest research findings, share new
ideas and explore new strategies in prevention and treatment of heart failure.
Attendees will include physicians, basic scientists, nurses and allied health
professionals from Canada, the U.S., and around the world.
    "This year's conference will highlight interesting studies focusing on
causes and treatment of heart failure, and the important socio-economic issues
surrounding this condition," said Dr. Barry Greenberg, HFSA President, and
Professor of Medicine, and Director, Advanced Heart Failure Treatment Program,
University of California, San Diego.
    "We are very pleased to be hosting this group of heart failure
professionals from around the world. Heart failure is a serious health problem
on the rise," said Barry Smith, CEO of the MTCC.
    "We anticipate that this major convention will produce significant
revenue for Toronto's hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. We
estimate the overall economic impact of the HFSA gathering to be in the range
of $4.3 million in direct spending", he added.

    About Heart Failure

    Heart failure is a progressive condition in which the heart muscle
becomes weakened after it is injured from heart attack or high blood pressure
and gradually loses its ability to pump enough blood to supply the body's
needs. Heart failure affects millions of people in North America and many more
around the world. Demographic and clinical evidence strongly suggest the
prevalence of heart failure will increase throughout the next decade. For more
information on heart failure, please visit www.abouthf.org.

    About the Heart Failure Society of America

    The Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) is a nonprofit educational
organization, founded in 1994 as the first organized association of heart
failure experts. Today HFSA has about 1,500 members and provides a forum for
all those interested in heart function, heart failure research and patient
care. Additional information on HFSA can be found at www.hfsa.org.

    About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC)

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's No.1 convention and trade
show facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted approximately
12,000 events and entertained nearly 40 million guests. For further
information, please visit www.mtccc.com.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Chiu, MTCC Heart, Marketing Manager,
(416) 585-8106, cchiu@mtccc.com; OR Kaitlyn Siner, Failure Society of America,
Media Relations Representative, (617) 226-7192 office OR (401) 339-0954 cell
OR ksiner@bellpottingerusa.com


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