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What's New with ACC-i2 with TCT?
The American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session & Expo (ACC.12), March 24 – 27 in Chicago, includes an ACC-i2 with TCT Learning Pathway program, which provides everything you need to stay on the leading edge of interventional and invasive cardiology, says E. Murat Tuzcu, MD, FACC, chair of ACC-i2 with TCT.

The Pathway includes five focused tracks: coronary heart disease, endovascular, imaging, structural heart disease, and special topics. In the endovascular track, experts will share endovascular therapies for peripheral arterial and venous disease — both the advances and the controversies. Other sessions include the Renal Interventions for Hypertension and Renal Function Preservation symposium and the Peripheral Arterial Disease: Critical Limb Ischemia symposium. Other sessions of interest to ACC-i2 with TCT participants include Platelet Inhibition: What You Need to Know; Vascular Access Outcomes Following PCI for ACS: What You Need to Know; and state-of-the-art sessions for left main coronary intervention, STEMI and N-STEMI, says Tuzcu.

ACC-i2 with TCT will also provide insight into the uses of high-tech imaging tools with sessions such as the Intravascular Imaging: Restenosis, Thrombosis and Stent symposium or the Imaging Transcatheter Mitral Valve Procedures symposium. Attendees can also discover emerging techniques for dealing with structural heart disease. For example, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) will be featured in several sessions, including the TAVR - Procedural Aspects and Best Practices Symposium on Saturday. The Clinically Oriented Anatomy for the Structural Heart Interventionalist symposiums, offered as remote demonstrations by Mark Reisman, MD, FACC, are also expected to be of interest to those taking part in the structural heart track.

As always, attendees will have access to the most important, cutting-edge cardiovascular research during the Late-Breaking Clinical Trials. In addition, ACC-i2 with TCT offers special sessions for the whole cardiac care team, beginning with the Cardiac Care Team Session 1: Keynote Address on Sunday, March 25, and continuing through Tuesday with the Structural Heart Disease – Mitral Valve symposium, one of five live cases planned. Two other special sessions focus on multi-disciplinary management of the failing heart with team-based evaluation and therapy of advanced heart disease, parts I and II.

ACC-i2 with TCT also involves partnerships with specialty societies around the globe. For example, the Advances and Controversies in Carotid, Aortic and Peripheral Arterial Disease Symposium, which takes place on Saturday, March 24, is a collaborative effort with the Society of Vascular Surgery. On Monday, ACC-i2 with TCT shares the podium with several international societies for the international lunchtime sessions.

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The ACC.12 Expo — Complete Your Educational Experience
While in Chicago, be sure to visit the ACC.12 Learning Destinations™, located in the South Building, Level 3, Halls A1 and A2. These diverse, non-accredited, educationally focused areas offer new and creative venues through which attendees can expand their educational experience.

CardioSmart Forum:
With behavioral change one of the most important factors in patients living a heart-healthy lifestyle, it's important that cardiovascular professionals understand how to help patients overcome their resistance to changing their eating behaviors for the better. Join Michelle May, MD, on Saturday, March 24, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the CardioSmart Forum as she deconstructs the "Mindful Eating Cycle" and explores the bio-psycho-social drivers of each decision point. As part of the "CardioSmart: Hot Topics for Better Patient Outcomes" series, the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle will share a powerful and universal approach to the complex issues contributing to problematic eating behaviors. Attendees will walk away with six unconventional strategies that promote heart-healthy lifestyles, which could help improve your patients' outcomes.

CV Innovations Educational Forum:
The ACC, in partnership with Elsevier Business Intelligence and the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research, will once again offer the CV Innovations Educational Forum, featuring cutting-edge cardiovascular research and cardiovascular product development. Catch a glimpse of the future on Sunday, March 25, and Monday, March 26, as physicians, researchers, venture capitalists and investment bankers gather for presentations and panel discussions, and explore cardiovascular technologies in development.

The Heart of Innovation:
In the spectrum of chronic cardiovascular diseases, two of the most significant challenges faced by cardiology professionals today are coronary artery disease and heart failure caused by valvular disease. In the Heart of Innovation Learning Destination, attendees will explore the evolution of the standard of care for these two diseases through the lenses of Personalized Medicine, TechnoBiology, Minimally Invasive Procedures and Physician-Patient Engagement. The Heart of Innovation will offer opportunities to closely examine the protocols, approaches and advances that are driving better clinical outcomes today. Attendees will revisit the innovators and innovations of the past, while exploring the exciting possibilities for the future and weighing in with their own opinions about how new techniques and technologies will impact the practice of cardiovascular medicine in years to come. Visit to learn more.

Industry-Expert Theater:
The Industry-Expert Theater is the setting for hour-long presentations from industry leaders sharing the latest in cardiovascular practices, products, services and technologies. Enjoy refreshments or lunch while learning from industry leaders, including: Accumetrics; Astellas Pharma US, Inc.; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Medtronic, Inc.; Toshiba; and ZOLL.

Interactive Learning Labs:
The Interactive Learning Labs are a unique educational opportunity that puts new technology directly in the hands of attendees. Join Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.; Philips Healthcare; Terumo Medical Corporation/The Medicines Company and other exhibiting companies step outside of their booths and into this classroom-like setting to share their knowledge with you and your peers. This is an unparalleled opportunity to experience a dynamic learning environment during the ACC Annual Scientific Session & Expo.

The Latest in Congenital Cardiology at ACC.12
Congenital Cardiology Solutions (CCS) is once again a featured Learning Pathway during ACC.12. This year's programming and content highlights the importance of the continuum of care of the congenital heart disease (CHD) patient, from birth through the various stages of adulthood. Educational sessions underscore how critical it is for all members of the CHD team to work together. The programming addresses the significant clinical issues and questions faced regularly by the cardiovascular professionals who treat patients with congenital heart disease.

The CCS program begins early on Saturday, March 24, with the symposium on Complex Issues Facing ACHD Patients: Obstructive Lesions. This will be followed by the Quality, Safety and Resources Enhancing Pediatric Cardiovascular Care symposium and the symposium on Updates on Care in the Congenital Heart Disease Patients. These three sessions represent the stepping stones in a four-day program that includes the symposium regarding Women with CHD: Fertility, Pregnancy and Menopause: Not All Palpitations Are Cardiac. A Great Debates program features debates on the treatment of newborns with SVT, pulmonary valve replacement in TOF, and the use of stimulants in patients with CHD. Other sessions will focus on:

  • Quality improvement
  • Transition of congenital heart disease patients
  • Complex issues in the care of the adult congenital heart disease patient
  • Challenging CHD imaging issues
  • Debates on medical therapy
  • Innovations in congenital care
  • Dedicated study session to earn ABP MOC Part 2 credit
  • CCS.12 Spotlight session featuring live and taped cases

Go Global at ACC.12
Get a global perspective on cardiovascular care with a wide array of International Sessions at ACC.12. This year's annual scientific session will feature more international events than ever, bringing cardiologists from all over the world together to discuss the latest innovations in cardiovascular care.

ACC.12 will span the globe with two joint sessions with the European Society of Cardiology on management of heart disease in pregnancy and pros and cons of new approaches for antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapy; a session on the Mediterranean Diet featuring the world's premiere Greek cardiologists; and a prevention focused session by the China Chapter. There will also be two Chapter Twinning Sessions between the British Cardiovascular Society and California Chapter and the Italian Federation of Cardiology and Pennsylvania Chapter.

Back by popular demand, ACC.12 will also feature 18 international lunchtime symposia, which are jointly sponsored with cardiology societies around the world. In addition, the 2012 Maseri-Florio International Lecture will feature Antonio Colombo, MD, FACC, of Milan, Italy, a global leader in intervention who pioneered the concept of adequate stent deployment during coronary interventions. The lecture entitled Personal Insights Leading to Scientific Developments will take place on Monday, March 26 from 2 – 3 p.m.

The ACC will also present Antonio P. Chagas, MD, FACC, with this year's International Service Award during convocation. Chagas was chosen for this prestigious award for his commitment to enhancing cardiovascular care and education in medically developing or underdeveloped countries. Following convocation, attendees can attend the ACC.12 President's, All Chapter, New Fellows and Associates Reception, which offers opportunities to socialize and connect with fellows from around the world.

Also this year, all International ACC Chapters will be provided with a special booth area to network with colleagues from their country and other international attendees. In between sessions, the International Lounge will also be available to relax and learn about the multitude of international ACC initiatives and partnerships.

Learn more about International activities.

International Member Looks Forward to ACC.12
CardioSourceNews sat down with Sarah C. Clarke, MA, MD, FRCP, FESC, FACC, vice president of education and research at the British Cardiovascular Society in London, to learn how she became involved with the ACC and what she's most looking forward to at ACC.12 in Chicago from an international perspective. "From a personal perspective, the meeting will give me an invaluable update for my continuing professional development across the breadth of cardiology, all in one place," says Clarke. Read the complete interview.

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