ACC Cardio-oncology Course Highlights Growing Need to Care for Cancer Patients’, Survivors’ Hearts

Attendees access clinically relevant, best practice strategies for unique patient population

Contact: Katie Glenn,, 202-375-6472

WASHINGTON (Jan 23, 2019) -

The American College of Cardiology will host the third Advancing the Cardiovascular Care of the Oncology Patient course in Washington on Jan. 25-27, 2019, bringing together top experts in both cardiology and oncology to review new and relevant science in this rapidly evolving field.

Research continues to show the link between cancer and heart disease, and in response, the field of cardio-oncology is rapidly growing. The ACC convenes this course so that both the novice and advanced clinician in the interprofessional field has access to clinically relevant, state-of-the-art, best practice strategies to ensure patients receive the most informed care possible. Ana Barac, MD, FACC, and Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC, will serve as co-chairs of the conference, which will feature educational content to provide clinicians and researchers with the tools needed to improve patient care in everyday practice.

"Over 14 million cancer patients and survivors are believed to have significant heart disease risk," Barac said. "It is critical that cardiologists, oncologists and the entire multi-professional care team works together to ensure these patients not only win the battle with cancer, but don't lose one with heart disease."

ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, will open the course with a TED Talk-style lecture,"Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Partnerships in Care for the Cardio-Oncology Patient." Other key sessions occurring include:

  • Guideline-Driven Care Across the Lifespan: Where is the Evidence? Where are the Gaps?
  • Where is the Science Headed? Answers from the National Cancer Institute and Leading Experts
  • Live with the Experts: Team Challenges in Prediction, Prevention and Treatment

For the first time the course will include poster presentations of new science. The following abstracts are a selection of the posters being presented. To receive embargoed copies of these abstracts, see a full list of the abstracts being presented or to speak to study authors, contact Katie Glenn at All ACC Advancing the Cardiovascular Care of the Oncology Patient abstracts are embargoed until Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at 4 p.m. ET.

  • Tachycardia as a Predictor of All-Cause Mortality in Cancer Patients
  • Hybrid Breast/Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Breast Cancer Patients: A Feasibility Study
  • Establishing a Young Adult Survivor Cardio-Oncology Clinic: A Quality Improvement Initiative
  • Trends in Global Research in Cardio-Oncology: A Bibliometric Analysis

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit


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