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Dr. Heather Ross

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dr. Heather Ross says putting fewer people in hospital for cardiac treatment will mean better treatment for everyone long term.

Dr. Heather Ross and the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research aim to end an "epidemic", cut hospital stays

Dr. Heather Ross loves talking about the heart and all its medical machinations and mysteries, but there’s one term she’s not fond of – "heart failure."

"It’s a terrible name," says Dr. Ross, Cardiologist, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and Medical Director, Cardiac Transplant Program, Toronto General Hospital, and a driving force at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.

"Really, heart failure implies that you’ve lost before you started. That’s why it’s the Centre for Heart Research. I think ‘heart function’ is a reasonable term," she adds, though she acknowledges "that the global community still calls it ‘heart failure.’"

While the world-respected cardiologist believes that the terminology matters, Dr. Ross will relent and use the not-her-favourite term to talk about her goal — actually, the research centre’s goal – to reduce hospitalization for heart failure by 50 per cent over the next decade.