Toronto Ottawa Heart Summit - Heart Failure Update


Program Agenda (2023)

Who should attend:

  • Cardiovascular specialists
  • Internists
  • Allied health professionals
  • Heart failure care teams
  • Cardiovascular Trainees, Residents and Fellows
  • Basic scientist interested in CV disease
  • Primary care providers


The overall goal of this symposium is to promote the exchange of existing knowledge from innovative cellular research, through translation, to foster dissemination and collaboration, leading to better cardiovascular outcomes.

Upon completion of this program participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate improved understanding of the benefits of exercise and cardiac rehabilitation in preventing cognitive decline
  • Recognize and understand the burden of obesity and its cardiovascular impact with the utilization of novel therapies for weight reduction
  • Recognize genetic variants may impact the cardiac benefit of alcohol consumption
  • Use amalgamated guidelines to better manage patients with multiple cardiovascular comorbidities
  • Recognize Presentation and Management of Acute Cardiovascular Complications in Pregnancy Outline a practical approach to current and emerging evidence in the diagnosis and management of women with heart disease
  • Improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of concurrent brain-heart-mind conditions through accelerated collaboration
  • Select the appropriate antithrombotic treatment for patients with Atrial fibrillation
  • Identify best practices for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Understand the role of functional testing in coronary artery stenosis using various diagnostic modalities
  • Review the latest evidence in the management of STEMI
  • Select the appropriate dual antiplatelet therapy post PCI
  • Review the importance of risk assessment, timely diagnosis, and follow-up in patients receiving chemotherapy who are at risk of ventricular dysfunction
  • Discuss new insights and management into rare causes of cardiomyopathy
  • Summarize current and emerging treatment strategies in Heart Failure with preserved ejection fraction
  • Recognize strategies to improve implementation of evidence-based therapies in heart failure
  • Identify a practical approach to better manage and improve outcomes in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction
  • Choose medical management of diabetes based on the current guidelines
  • Identify LDL lowering targets in patients with cardiovascular disease with and utilization of non statin interventions
  • Describe the emerging therapies in the management of Diabetic Kidney Disease, benefits, indications and limitations
  • Review how SARS-CoV 2 can cause vascular damage when it binds onto ACE2
  • Explain the anatomy and disease process that affects the Aortic, Mitral and Tricuspid valve
  • Determine best treatment options for patients with Aortic, Mitral and Tricuspid valve disease
  • Recognize the limitations and cautions to proceeding with a valvular transcatheter intervention

Last Update: May 28, 2023
Day 1

Friday, June 23, 2023

7:30-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 Welcome Remarks
Drs. Michael Farkouh, Michelle Graham and Peter Liu
8:45-10:10 Session 1: Prevention
Chair: Drs. Michelle Graham and Peter Liu
8:45 Cardiology trainee case presentation - Dr. Keiler Totz
8:50 Benefits of Exercise and Cardiac Rehabilitation on Brain and Cognition
Dr. Louis Bherer
9:05 Obesity - Latest Treatment Options
Dr. Megha Poddar
9:20 How Good or Bad is Alcohol for the Heart? Insights from Human Genetics
Dr. Krishna Aragam
9:35 C-CHANGE Guidelines
Dr. Sheldon Tobe
9:50 Panel Discussion
10:10 DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Stem Cells and Genomics for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine.
Dr. Joseph Wu
10:45 Health Break
11:15-12:00 Session 2: Women and Heart Disease
Chair: Drs. Candice Silversides and Michelle Graham
11:15 Cardiology trainee case presentation - Dr. Rebecca Crosier
11:20 CardioObstetrics for the General Cardiologist
Dr. Candice Silversides
11:35 Women and Heart Disease
Dr. Colleen Norris
11:50 Panel Discussion
12:00 KEYNOTE: NeuroCardiology Collaborations: From Hospitals to Professional Associations
Dr. Mitchell Elkind
12:30-1:30 Lunch and Career Networking
1:30-3:00 Session 3: Rhythm
Chair: Drs. Ratika Parkash and Atul Verma
1:30 Cardiology trainee case presentation - Dr. Jayant Kakarla
1:35 The Future of Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology
Dr. Andrew Ha
1:50 New Technologies for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
Dr. Atul Verma
2:05 Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation: Managing Your High-Risk AF Patients in Clinical Practice
Dr. Jeff Healey
2:20 Panel Discussion
2:40 Health Break
3:00-4:10 Session 4: Intervention
Chair: Drs. Alexandra Bastiany and Jean-Francois Tanguay
3:00 Cardiology trainee case presentation - Dr. Catherine Boutet
3:05 Clinical Use of FFR CT or Invasive FFR, iFR, QFR: What Do We Need to Know?
Dr. Samer Mansour
3:20 ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Management in 2023
Dr. Shamir Mehta
3:35 Dual Antiplatelet Therapy after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
Dr. Kevin Bainey
3:50 Panel Discussion
4:10 Refreshments & Poster Session
5:45 Adjournment
Day 2

Saturday, June 24, 2023

7:30-8:15 Registration and Breakfast
8:20-8:30 Welcome Remarks
Drs. Michelle Graham, Peter Liu, and Michael Farkouh
8:30-9:35 Session 5: Systemic Disease and the Heart
Chair: Drs. Peter Liu and Susanna Mak
8:30 Cardiology trainee case presentation - Dr. Alexandra Saunders
8:35 Cardio-Oncology
Dr. Dinesh Thavendiranathan
8:50 Amyloidosis: New Treatment Options
Dr. Nowell Fine
9:05 Anderson Fabry Cardiomyopathy: Treatment and Prognosis
Dr. Mark Iwanochko
9:20 Panel Discussion
9:35-10:00 Health Break
10:00-11:10 Session 6: Heart Failure
Chairs: Drs. Harriette Van Spall and Javed Butler
10:00 Cardiology trainee case presentation - Dr. Ismail Raslan
10:05 Holistic Pacing for Diastolic Dysfunction and Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction
Dr. Markus Meyer
10:20 Strategies to Improve Implementation of Heart Failure Guideline Directed Medical Therapy
Dr. Harriette Van Spall
10:35 Worsening Heart Failure - State of the Art
Dr. Javed Butler
10:50 Panel Discussion
11:10-11:45 PLENARY LECTURE: What’s the Future of Heart Failure Prevention?
Dr. Milton Packer
11:45-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:25 Session 7: New Approaches to Traditional Risk Factors
Chair: Drs. Michael Farkouh and Milan Gupta
1:00 Cardiology trainee case presentation - Dr. Rudy Unni
1:05 LDL Lowering the Next Frontier
Dr. Ruth McPherson
1:20 Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes: Unique Considerations for Management and Prevention
Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe
1:35 New Insights into Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetes: The Role of MRA Therapies
Dr. George Bakris
1:50 COVID-19 & Cardiovascular Disease
Dr. Peter Lin
2:05 Panel Discussion
2:25- 2:45 Stretch Break
2:45-3:50 Session 8: Valves
Chair: Dr. Messika-Zeitoun
2:45 Cardiology trainee case presentation - Dr. Varinder Randhawa
2:50 TAVR
Dr. Harindra C. Wijeysundera
3:05 Latest Indications for Percutaneous MV Repair or Replacement
Dr. Robert Bonow
3:20 Transcatheter Repair for Tricuspid Regurgitation
Dr. Anita Asgar
3:35 Panel Discussion
3:50-4:30 3 High Ranked Posters: Rapid Fire Oral Presentation & Awards
4:30 Closing Remarks and Adjournment

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