Other upcoming conferences produced by EOCI include:


Friday, May 11, 10:25 – 11:40 a.m.

CCS comprehensive HF guidelines

Michael McDonald, MD
Eileen O'Meara, MD

The CCS 2017 comprehensive heart failure guideline incorporates new evidence and identifies areas of uncertainty and challenges facing health care providers to offer guidance for practicing physicians. In this case-based presentation, members of the CCS HF guidelines panel will present essential elements of clinical practice needed to diagnose and manage heart failure. Optimal HF therapy will be evaluated, with a focus on individualized treatment to determine the best course of therapy for each patient, as well as how to develop an approach to patients with advanced HF.

Ms. Understood: Gender-based differences and HF therapies: Drugs, devices and surgery

Vivek Rao, MD
Shelley Zieroth, MD

There are key differences in how women and men respond to treatments for heart failure. At the same time, men and women may respond differently after surgical interventions. This workshop will explore the evidence behind this, as well as gender-specific strategies for medication, devices and surgical procedures for heart failure.

What patient advocacy means in 2018

Jillianne Code, PhD
Sean Virani, MD

With heightened disease awareness and access to new knowledge, patients with heart failure, their caregivers and families are increasingly becoming active members of their own health-care teams. In parallel, health-care providers are increasingly embracing their role as advocates in recognizing the important contribution they can play in advancing a high-quality system of heart failure care in Canada. This workshop will explore how to build and leverage patient networks and map out how clinicians can empower the patient voice.

Friday, May 11, 3:20 – 4:35 p.m.

Bridging the gap between clinical medicine and basic science: Opening Pandora’s box

Phyllis Billia, MD
Anthony Gramolini, PhD

Apart from reviewing the basic sciences of common cardiac diseases, this unique workshop will explore challenges and solutions for integrating basic science programs with clinical care. It will hone in on biobanking, and how such a resource can grow and integrate in large clinical centres.

Nursing: Managing goals of care

Leah Steinberg, MD
Pat Strachan, RN, PhD

Heart failure can greatly impact a patient’s quality of life, create emotional distress and physical discomfort, and change someone’s day-to-day life. Using video examples, this workshop will look at how GOC discussions can work with advanced heart failure patients and their families, including specific communication strategies and skills to make these discussions as valuable as possible.

Cardiorenal disease

Nadia Giannetti, MD

In this workshop, participants will evaluate the extraordinary challenge of managing acute or chronic dysfunction in the heart or the kidney, either of which can trigger the same in the other organ. It will explore the various types of cardiorenal syndromes, the best way to approach these conditions from a cardio-protective standpoint, and hone in on strategies to mitigate renal effects of treatments for heart failure.

Saturday, May 12, 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Nursing: Initiation & titration of HF medications

Karen Harkness, RN, PhD
Serge Lepage, MD

While focusing on the evidence-based pharmacological management of chronic heart failure, this workshop will explore strategies for creating a patient-centered approach to medication optimization and adherence.

Advanced HF therapies: When to refer patients

Stephanie Poon, MD

Recognize the signs and symptoms of early-onset cardiogenic shock, and learn how to manage and evaluate these patients who are awaiting transfer for advanced heart failure treatment. This workshop will include a focus on comorbidities that may limit the usefulness of such advanced therapies.

Imaging tools for HF in 2018

Carolina Alba, MD
Nowell Fine, MD

The evaluation and diagnosis of heart failure is greatly enhanced when the optimal imaging techniques are used. This workshop will explore how imaging can be employed in a manner that helps guide the evaluation and management of people with heart failure.