President's Message

February 2021 

Dear colleagues: 

It is an honor to be writing my first President’s Message. Thank you to Dr. Shelley Zieroth who has led our Society for the past 2-years. I look forward to continuing our momentum in developing best practices in the field of heart failure and providing high quality CPD.

It is time to renew your commitment to the CHFS! Your membership renewal invoice has been sent to you by email from membership@ccs.ca. It is my hope that you will renew your membership and encourage your colleagues to join the CHFS as well. For our nursing members, our joint membership with the CCCN continues. Visit the CCCN website to renew your CCCN/CHFS joint membership and save 20% on CHFS membership fees. 

The CHFS has had an exciting year and there are more new initiatives and programs planned for 2021. Highlights from 2020 include:

  1. Participation in the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s (CCS) Rapid Response Team (RRT).
  2. CHFS was well represented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) 2020 Virtual. A highlight for us was our Moonshot for Heart Failure Accredited Symposia.  We were honored to have Dr. Clyde Yancy and Dr. Subodh Verma join us. The CHFS/CCTN Annual Research Competition continued this year. Excellent research was presented, and the four finalists were: Ida Derish (winner), Hassan Mir (runner up), Sanaz Hatami, and Natasha Aleksova.
  3. The CHFS Annual Achievement Award was presented to Estrellita Estrella-Holder. 
  4. We are pleased to have added a French website to our online repertoire.  Visit us at insuffisancecardiaque.ca
  5. The 7th edition of Heart Failure Update was held as a live virtual conference on April 17-18, 2020. With close to 1,300 total attendees over a 2-day period, HF Update not only continues to lead as the largest Canadian conference devoted to heart failure but has paved the way for cardiovascular online conferences to come.
  6. The CHFS was pleased to launch the 2nd National Heart Failure Awareness Week for Canada, May 4 -10, 2020. Our committee of cardiovascular professionals and partner organizations made modifications and the campaign went entirely virtual, given the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  7. CHFS partnered with Think Research and launched a national campaign to introduce the CHFS Heart Failure Admission Order Set across Canada. Click here to download the resource. 
  8. We developed a practical algorithm for the use of SGLT2 inhibitors in the prevention and treatment of cardiomyopathies and cardiovascular diseases. Click here to access the document.
  9. The CHFS collaborated with patients to develop a Patient Diary to accompany them on their journey. Click here to download.
  10. We produced a premiere educational program at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2020
  11. The CHFS participated in a HFSA/CHFS Joint Session on the topic of Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure: The Beat Goes On at the HFSA Virtual ASC 2020. 
  12. Over the last year we also completed our CHFS Forum campaign.

On the horizon in 2021 we look forward to developing the second phase of our CHFS Heart Failure Admission Order Set and appointing our first Patient Representative to serve on the CHFS Board of Directors.

Thank you to our membership for your continued support and engagement. Please contact us at chfs@ccs.ca to get involved. Together we will be a stronger voice for HF advocacy and for making high quality HF care a priority at the national level.

Stay tuned for more details on HF Update Virtual 2021 and our 3rd annual National Heart Failure Awareness Week campaign. 

Sincerely,
 

Anique Ducharme, MD, MSc, FRCP
Professor of Medicine, Université de Montréal
Director, Heart Failure Clinic, Montreal Heart Institute, Research Center
President, Canadian Heart Failure Society
Montreal, QC