Other upcoming conferences produced by EOCI include:

Workshops

Friday, May 10, 10:35 – 11:35 a.m.

Nursing workshop: Heart failure in the frail and elderly (in French)

Kim Laflamme, MSc

This workshop will explore the assessment of frailty in the elderly, including objective measures that go beyond clinical intuition alone, and evaluate the impact of frailty on heart failure patients. Assessing frailty is not only a key aspect of managing elderly patients, but it also helps to guide therapeutic choices that optimize the management of these heart failure patients.

How and when to stop cardiac medications in your heart failure patients

Elizabeth Swiggum, MD

This practical workshop will examine clinical scenarios where it is safe to withdraw heart failure therapies in patients with recovered ejection fraction, and offer guidance on how to approach the discussion about withdrawal of therapy with patients.

CCS Guidelines Update: Heart failure & atrial fibrillation

Michael McDonald, MD
Mario Talajic, MD

Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) share common risk factors and frequently co-exist, with estimates suggesting that up to 50% of patients with HF may develop AF. The presence of AF is associated with a worse prognosis, both in terms of overall survival and risk of stroke. In this case-based worskhop, members of the CCS guidelines panels will present essential elements of clinical practice needed to determine the best course of therapy for patients with coexisting AF and HF. The clinical significance and risks associated with these combined conditions will be defined, while rate and rhythm device considerations will be discussed with a focus on recent clinical trial data.

Friday, May 10, 3:20 – 4:20 p.m.

Contemporary palliative care in heart failure

Caroline McGuinty, MD

This workshop will provide a practical approach to discussions around goals of care for patients with heart failure, including ICD deactivation and handling of requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID). This workshop will also review treatment of common symptoms in end-stage heart failure including the evidence for cannabis use.

Shared Care Models for heart failure: Working with primary care

Harriette Van Spall, MD
Shelley Zieroth, MD

In this workshop, participants will review established healthcare models for the shared care of patients with heart failure and examine innovative strategies, including technology, for transition and community-based care. It will provide an opportunity to discuss approaches for timely access to consultative services from specialists and review tools for knowledge translation in heart failure.

CHFS & SSVQ joint Workshop
Internal medicine and cardiology: Leveraging expertise in heart failure care (in French)

Anique Ducharme, MD
Serge Lepage, MD
Daniel Carrier, MD

There is considerable overlap in the care of heart failure (HF) patients between internal medicine and cardiology. This workshop will explore current gaps in HF care and provide participants from both specialties with an opportunity to share best practices to improve patient outcomes, particularly in multimorbid patients.

Saturday, May 11, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

VAD or transplant for patients over 65

Phyllis Billia, MD

Older patients with HF often have complex comorbidities that create multiple challenges for treating clinicians. This workshop will explore when and in whom to consider advanced HF therapies as patients age, including the benefits and risks of de novo and re-transplantation in older patients with advanced HF.

CCS Guidelines Update: Heart failure & atrial fibrillation (in French)

Eileen O'Meara, MD

Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) share common risk factors and frequently co-exist, with estimates suggesting that up to 50% of patients with HF may develop AF. The presence of AF is associated with a worse prognosis, both in terms of overall survival and risk of stroke. In this case-based presentation, members of the CCS HF and AF guideline panels will present essential elements of clinical practice needed to determine the best course of therapy for patients with coexisting AF and HF. The clinical significance and risks associated with these combined conditions will be defined, while rate and rhythm device considerations will be discussed with a focus on recent clinical trial data.

Practical approaches to self-care management

Karen Harkness, RN, PhD
Harleah Buck, RN, PhD

In this interactive workshop you will learn about the factors that impact heart failure patients' engagement in self-care and review practical approaches that integrate the role of family caregivers in patient self-care. You will also learn important tips for supporting patient education and self-care engagement in challenging situations. Come prepared to learn, share, and go home with proven strategies to enhance your patients' self-care engagement.