Libin leaders behind newest CCS guidelines for professionals

Cardiovascular guidelines are a resource, not only for members of the cardiovascular community but for healthcare practitioners throughout Canada. Practice guidelines can play an important role in helping to improve the quality of patient care and manage limited resources. Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) Guidelines are published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. To reference the full papers online, visit or

todd4 Lead author Dr. Todd Anderson, co-chaired (with Dr. Jean Grégoire) the group of leading experts who published the “2012 Update of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dyslipidemia for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in the Adult.”

What’s New?
• Introduction of the concept of Cardiovascular Age
• Recommending more frequent monitoring of patients with FRS >5% and <10%
• Using both apo B or non-HDL-C as alternate lipid markers
• Removing hsCRP from the main treatment table
• Addition of chronic kidney disease as a high risk feature
• Specific recommendations about health behaviours
• New recommendation about statin adverse effects
• Use of GRADE recommendations and process

LeadLibin labs_0238 author Dr. Derek V. Exner co-chaired (with Dr. Ratika Parkash) the panel who published “Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines on the Use of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: Evidence and Patient Selection.” It serves as a framework for the prescription of CRT within the Canadian health care system and beyond.
What’s New?
• Substantial revision of existing CRT guidelines
• New criteria for patient selection
• Altered recommendations for specific patient sub-groups
• Focus on atrial fibrillation, non-left bundle branch block conduction, prior chronic pacing
• Guidance related to CRT platform selection
• Guidance on pre-selection with echocardiography


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