More than 4,000 Canadian experts to discuss latest in cardiovascular care at Metro Toronto Convention Centre October 25 to 29, 2008

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - More than 4,000 experts from across Canada will
convene in Toronto next week when the ninth annual Canadian Cardiovascular
Congress (CCC) meets October 25-29, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention
Centre (MTCC).
    Co-hosted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) and the Heart and
Stroke Foundation of (HSFC), Congress is Canada's largest scientific
conference and the largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied health
professionals in Canada.
    "HSFC and CCS are delighted to host the premier annual event for Canada's
cardiovascular community in Toronto this year," said Dr. Malcolm Arnold, CCC
annual meeting chair.
    This event brings together the individuals who work across the spectrum
of cardiovascular health -- from research to patient care -- and stimulates
interaction within the cardiovascular community. It is a forum to showcase the
best research and to promote learning. The findings of close to 900 research
studies will be presented.
    Attendees will represent 20 different organizations. Virtually all of
Canada's heart health researchers and professionals (surgeons, pediatric
specialists, cardiologists, nurses, rehab professionals, and others) will be
there to learn about the latest science and cutting edge research, and take it
back to their patients.
    Congress 2008 shines the spotlight on women and heart disease, with a
special lecture, a workshop, and featured study on the issue. The HSFC's Heart
Truth campaign, which raises awareness of women's risk of heart disease and
stroke is featured prominently during Congress (see for more
details about this campaign).
    "We are very pleased to be hosting this group of cardiovascular
professionals. Cardiovascular health is critical to our overall health, and
cardiovascular disease can lead to very significant and debilitating health
problems. We wish them a successful and productive meeting," said Barry Smith,
President and 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 this year's Congress to be
$3.36 million in direct spending," he added.

    About The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the
advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living,
and advocacy. For more information, please visit

    About the Canadian Cardiovascular Society

    The Canadian Cardiovascular Society ( is a medical professional
association for cardiovascular physicians and scientists with a mission to
promote cardiovascular health and care through knowledge translation,
professional development, and leadership in health policy.

    About the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress

    The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress is an annual gathering that brings
together over 4,000 physicians, researchers, scientists, nurses, technicians,
policy makers, and others who are involved in cardiovascular medicine and
health care, to connect with colleagues and share the latest scientific
research and health information. Visit for more details.

    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


    Other participating organizations at Congress 2008 will include:

    Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation
    Canadian Association of Cardiopulmonary Technologists
    Canadian Cardiovascular Academy
    Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses
    Canadian Hypertension Society
    Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, Canadian Institutes of
    Health Research
    Canadian Pediatric Cardiology Association
    Canadian Society of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
    Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons
    Cardiovascular and Thoracic Section, Canadian Anesthesiologist Society
    Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists
    Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion
    Association des cardiologues du Québec

    These CCS affiliates also attend:

    Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology
    Canadian Heart Rhythm Society
    Canadian Nuclear Cardiology Society
    Canadian Society of Echocardiography

For further information:

For further information: Christine Chiu, MTCC, Marketing Manager, (416)
585-8106,; Jane Diane Fraser, Heart and Stroke Foundation,
(613) 569-4361 ext 273,

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