Heart of Women's Health

The American College of Cardiology’s Heart of Women’s Health course will help health care professionals provide better treatment for their female patients in the ongoing battle against heart disease, the number one cause of death and disability among American women.
If you treat women with heart disease or those at high risk for its development, then plan on attending the 8th Annual Heart of Women’s Health course!

The facts about women and heart disease are startling. More women than men die of heart disease each year, yet:

  • women comprise only 27% of participants in all heart-related research studies
  • women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack

The American College of Cardiology’s Heart of Women’s Health course will help health care professionals provide better treatment for their female patients in the ongoing battle against heart disease, the number one cause of death and disability among American women.

At the Heart of Women’s Health course, attendees and expert faculty engage in stimulating discussions that focus on encouraging lifestyle strategies for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and optimal cardiovascular disease care. Key topics include latest best evidence on prevention, heart failure, valvular heart disease, risk factors in pregnancy, diabetes, obesity, arrhythmias, risk stratification, dietary and lifestyle interventions, and gender differences in presentation and therapies for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Learner Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to enhance the competency and performance of cardiovascular specialists and other clinicians by covering the latest updates and developments in CVD and methods for incorporating this knowledge into the practice setting.

Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to —

  • Analyze the impact of sex and race/ethnic differences in the management of cardiovascular diseases
  • Summarize cardiovascular risk management strategies including clinical epidemiology, pharmacotherapy and treatment modalities for resistant hypertension, and pregnant women
  • Recognize and manage women with cardiac arrhythmias and discuss advances in diagnosis of ischemic heart disease
  • Identify best candidates for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and catheter-based mitral valve repair
  • Discuss heart failure guidelines and anticoagulation therapies and how to translate to practice
  • Evaluate and manage women with atrial fibrillation/flutter (including rate and rhythm control and anticoagulation strategies)
  • Compare and contrast heart disease and care management strategies in women with cancer
  • Implement and prescribe lifestyle and pharmacologic approaches for the management of risk factors including hypertension, dyslipidemia, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, obesity and diabetes mellitus in women


This course is intended for cardiologists, nurses, advanced practice nurses, primary care physicians, physician assistants and all healthcare professionals who treat women with heart disease.

Course Directors

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans

JoAnne M. Foody, MD, FACC
Director, Cardiovascular Wellness Center
Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals
Instructor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Invited Faculty

Michelle Albert, MD, MPH
Vivian Beaumont Allen Endowed Chair and Professor
Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine
Director of Cardiovascular Research
Howard University Hospital
Washington, DC

M. Dominique Ashen, PhD, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner Coordinator
The Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC
Director, Cardio-oncology Program, MedStar Heart Institute
Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Division of Cardiology
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Peter C. Block, MD, FACC
Director, Clinical Trials Office
Emory University Hospital

Hugh Calkins, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Director of Electrophysiology
The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Janine Austin Clayton, MD
Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Md.

Sara D. Collins, MD, FACC
Capital Cardiology Consultants
Washington Hospital Center
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Michelle N. Johnson, MD, MPH, FACC
Assistant Chief of Cardiology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH
Director, National Center for Weight and Wellness
George Washington University School of
Public Health and Health Sciences
Washington, DC

Michelle F. Magee, MD
Director, MedStar Diabetes Institute
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Vasilios Papademetriou, MD
Professor of Medicine
Georgetown University
Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Medicine
VA Medical Center
Washington, DC

Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, FACC
Associate Chief for Academic Affairs
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, N.Y.

David G. Strauss, MD, PhD
Medical Officer
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Silver Spring, Md.

Tracy Wang, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, N.C.


ACCF committee members, faculty, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with manufacturers of commercial products/services. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through a process that includes course directors and appropriate peer review by education committee chairs/members, for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, patient care and safety recommendations. Refer to the links below for committee member disclosures and course faculty disclosures. Please note ACCF staff involved with this course have nothing to disclose.

8th Annual Heart of Women’s Health Faculty Disclosures

This course is now sold out and registration is closed. If you wish to be placed on a waitlist, please contact our Resource Center at 1-800-253-4636 ext. 5603.

For outside the U.S. and Canada please use 202-375-6000 ext. 5603.

If you have any special Dietary requirements, please note that this is now captured through your online profile. To enable us to accommodate your request, please ensure that your profile is up to date. If you select the (other) option, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your needs. If you require assistance, please contact the Resource Center at 800-253-4636, ext. 5603.

The registration tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunches and course materials.

Cancellation, substitution or transfer to another course is allowed if written notification is received four weeks before a scheduled course. A full refund minus a $250 processing fee will be given for written notifications received fewer than four weeks before the first day of the course. No refund will be given for no-shows.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration tuition in full but is not responsible for any travel or hotel costs you may incur.

ACCF reserves the right to cancel courses in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is canceled or postponed, ACCF will refund registration tuition but cannot be held responsible for other costs or expenses, including cancellation/change penalties assessed by airlines, travel agencies or hotels.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11.5 continuing education hours. Requirements for successful completion are attendance in a session in its entirety and completing the evaluation tool.

While offering credits noted above, the course is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.


Learner Bill of Rights

All sessions will be held at Heart House, 2400 N Street, NW, Washington, DC. The meeting site telephone number is 800-253-4636.

To reserve your room at The Westin Georgetown, please call 800-228-3000. Identify yourself as a participant in the American College of Cardiology course – ACC Heart of Women’s Health 2014.

Room Rates
The room rate is $149 plus 14.5 percent state and local taxes (subject to change) per night. The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until Monday, December 23, 2013 but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible. When you make your reservation, please be sure to ask about early departure fees or cancellation penalties.

Airfare Discounts
The ACC has negotiated discounts with United and (or) Delta Air Lines for Heart of Women’s Health course attendees, who are originating their travel in the US or Canada.

United Airlines is offering discounts of 2%-10% based on the class of service booked.
Travelers should reference the following:

Agreement code: 786752
Zcode: ZPBW

Reservations may be made via the United Airlines Meeting Desk at 800 426-1122 or via united.com

Delta Air Lines is offering discounts of 5%-10% based on the class of service booked.
Travelers should reference the following:

Meeting code: NMFFV

Reservations can be made via the Delta Meeting Network at 800 328- 1111 or visit delta.com

Travelers may also contact ACC's Travel Management Company, MacNair Travel Management, at (866) 451-6432 to make their travel arrangements and take advantage of these discounts.


Please Note
Smoking is prohibited in all ACCF meeting rooms.

Videotaping, audiotaping and still photography are prohibited in all ACCF meeting rooms.

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us serve you better.

Faculty and course are subject to change without notice.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the ANCC or ACCF of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

The views expressed in this course are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ACCF.