Intensive Explores Lifestyle Factors Affecting Heart Health
In response to a new focus on population health and prevention in cardiology, ACC.16 will feature a brand-new intensive on lifestyle medicine, co-chaired by Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC, who also serves as chair of ACC’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Section Leadership Council, and Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC, chair of the Prevention Council’s Nutrition Work Group.
With the headline “a Little Less Drugs, a Little More Sex, and a Lot More Rock and Roll,” the Intensive promises to put a new spin on the prevention conversation and draw in a wide range of subspecialties. The presentations will tackle key factors affecting cardiovascular health and discuss the best way to talk to patients about prevention.
According to Morris, the sessions “will focus on effective implementation of nutrition counseling and ‘deep-dives’ into important issues in exercise counseling and prescription, controversial and misunderstood issues in heart-healthy nutrition, and updates on smoking cessation counseling and use of e-cigarettes.”
Highlights include a presentation from Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, on “The Global Burden of Tobacco Use: The Changing Faces of Smokers,” shortly followed by a moderated debate on e-cigarettes. The Intensive will also explore the heart healthy diet landscape – featuring ACC President Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, as a panelist speaking about vegan diets – and what qualifies as “enough” exercise with a joint presentation from ACC’s Sports and Exercise Section and the American College of Sports Medicine. The Intensive concludes with a presentation on “Comprehensive Care of the ‘Heart’: Love, Loneliness, and Connection” from Dean Ornish, MD, and time for final questions from attendees.
“All of the latest science on nutrition, smoking, exercise, and mindfulness/connection will be shared and discussed in lively interactive formats,” explains Freeman. “The Intensive will feature all of the key thought leaders in lifestyle and nutrition. We’ll even have an in-depth ACC-Talk from K. Michael Cummings, PhD, MPH, on tobacco regulation efforts along with a session devoted to showing clinicians how to motivate their patients to make changes!”
Unique to the session format this year, the Lifestyle Medicine Intensive will utilize an audience response system tool through the ACC.16 App. Attendees can browse to the Intensive sessions 51 – 53 or search for “Lifestyle Medicine” in the mobile app to access the tool and join the conversation. Attendees will have the ability to respond to polls in real-time, submit their own questions to the co-chairs, and see questions that others in the session have asked.
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