ACC Latin America 2023 Together With Asociación Costarricense de Cardiología

ACC Latin America 2023 Together With Asociación Costarricense de Cardiología


United by our shared commitment of transforming cardiovascular care, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Costa Rican Association of Cardiology (ASOCAR) invite you to join us for an innovative educational experience that will strengthen your everyday practice. ACC Latin America 2023 Together With Asociación Costarricense de Cardiología is designed to deliver an engaging forum to critically examine evidence-based strategies as well as contemporary best practices and clinical decision-making to reach our common objective of improving heart health of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Attend this conference and you will:

Challenge the norm: Discuss, share and critique the latest in cardiovascular prevention and care with GLOBAL EXPERTS and return to your practice ready to improve the care of your patients.

Lead the way: LOCAL LEARNING designed to empower you to transform your community through topics such as top clinical trials, guideline updates and health equity and disparities, as well as the latest in electrophysiology, heart failure and cardiomyopathies, interventional and ischemic heart disease, multimodality imaging, and prevention and health promotion.

Power your mind: Find PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS for everyday problems by using real-world approaches to guideline-driven care. Challenge your knowledge in participant driven sessions such as Rapid-Fire ECG and Imaging Interpretation.

Ignite conversation: Network with faculty from leading cardiovascular societies around the world in an intimate setting and CREATE CONNECTIONS with colleagues through shared discussion and bi-directional learning.

PLUS: Enjoy the benefit of ACC International Associate membership for 1 year included with registration.

Strive to be your best and join us in our vision of a world where science, knowledge and innovation optimize patient care and outcomes.

Target Audience
This conference is intended for practicing cardiologists, fellows-in-training, nurses, pharmacists and other members of the cardiac care team in the Latin America region.

Overall Goal
At the end of this conference, participants will be able to recognize evolving and emerging trends and utilize evidence-based strategies resulting in guideline-driven, practical cardiovascular prevention and management for patient care.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate appropriate interpretation of cardiovascular guidelines and diagnostic strategies needed in daily practice.
  • Identify the latest strategies in multi-modality imaging such as echo and CMRI.
  • Describe the best practices in the treatment of patients with heart failure.
  • Identify prevention strategies for treating cardiovascular disease including managing diabetes and hypercholesterolemia.
  • Apply the latest evidence to the evaluation, medical management and surgical treatment of patients with valvular heart disease.
  • Evaluate current treatment strategies in the investigation and management of coronary artery disease.
  • Identify best practices for the management of patients with atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.
  • Recognize emerging trends and contemporary approaches in evolving CV disease or management considerations such as Cardiac-Oncology and/or management tools.

ACC Latin America 2023 Together With Asociación Costarricense de Cardiología is now open!

Click on the Register Now! button above for more details on each registration type and to register today!

Registration includes full access to the conference with engaging scientific sessions, abstracts, challenging clinical case discussions, an interactive learning lab, expo and more!

Individual Registration Until 14 July July 15 – August 12
Physicians and Specialists $200 $275
Residents, Nurses, and Technicians $150 $200
Medical Students $100 $150

Don't miss our opening plenary, Cardio-Oncology Hot Topics: Practical Approaches For the Clinician presented by Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC as well as our other plenaries on:

  • INOCA and MINOCA in Women: What Do We Really Understand?
  • Top Clinical Trials to Impact Your Practice
  • The Pressure Is On: Current State of the Art in Preeclampsia and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy - A Tour From Bench to Bedside

Click here to view the full agenda.

Experience hands-on training, interactive case discussions, and more in the Interactive Learning Lab! This unique educational opportunity puts new technology in your hands and offers a selection of stations to augment learning that takes place in the traditional session rooms.

Challenging Clinical Case Discussions
Join subject matter experts in engaging discussions on real life cases submitted by attendees. These sessions will offer high interactivity for participants using an open Q&A forum.

Challenges in HCM: From Diagnosis to Treatment
Learn by doing and test your knowledge on how to diagnose and treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with our interactive game guided by expert faculty.

NCD Academy
NCD Academy equips health care providers with high quality continuing education available anytime, anywhere, and free of charge on skills to mitigate today's leading causes of death and disability. Courses address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through an intersectional lens given shared risk factors and tendency of NCDs to coexist. And through eLearning technology learners are able to engage with interactive patient cases and games in a fully on-demand and mobile-friendly environment. All content is developed through an interdisciplinary partnership network of advocacy organizations and medical societies led by the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

Personalized Skills Area (iPads)
Learn at your leisure and sharpen your core cardiology skills with Heart Songs and ECG Drill & Practice. These modules provide a uniquely dynamic learning opportunity you won't want to miss!

Heart Songs 5
Research reveals that cardiologists fail to identify more than half of basic murmurs and about 35 percent of advanced murmurs when challenged at a major medical meeting, but skills improved after a 90-minute Heart Songs training session. Heart Songs 5 provides you with everything you need to effortlessly improve your cardiac auscultation skills! Heart Songs 5 will help you:

  • Prepare for the cardiac exam of the future by learning the complementary role of handheld echo in the bedside detection of heart sounds. Heart Songs 5 includes basic, intermediate, expert, and adult congenital murmurs, plus images of phonocardiograms, CT scans and videos of color Doppler echocardiograms. These visual enhancements will facilitate your understanding and mastery of many heart murmurs/sounds.
  • Master cardiac auscultation by reviewing the auditory characteristics and handheld echo findings of each heart sound.

First, pick a track and assess your baseline skills by taking a confidential pretest. Then simply view videos featuring classic heart murmurs accompanied by phonocardiograms and color Doppler echoes. Each video includes hundreds of repetitions of its murmur, and studies show that simple repetition is all you need to master a new sound. Watch the videos as many times as necessary to see a significant improvement on your posttest scores (most people need to watch 2 to 4 times). Each Heart Songs track takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and sessions are self-paced.

Heart Songs makes sure you know what your stethoscope is telling you!

ECG Drill & Practice
Improve your ECG interpretation skills with ECG Drill & Practice. This program reviews key findings in clinical electrocardiography and contains a self-assessment ECG test, featuring the format and answer options similar to those of the ABIM's certifying examination in cardiovascular disease. It's a great resource for anyone preparing for initial Board certification in CV disease and for anyone looking to hone their ECG interpretation skills.

Three convenient modes let you use this product in whatever way best meets your needs.

  • Learn Mode: Teaches you how to recognize & differentiate ECGs across the topics above.
  • Drill & Practice Mode: Shows you ECG "flash cards" that you can practice interpreting. Turn each card over to see the answer and explanation.
  • Perform Mode: Practice interpreting ECGs using the ABIM's interpretation list. Receive detailed commentary on how your answer compares to the experts'.

Brush up on a core cardiology skill with ECG Drill & Practice's 100+ ECGs and expert insight!

Don't miss these pre-conference opportunities on Thursday, 10 August:

13:30 – 17:45 | Cardiac Rehabilitation: Hands Into Action
15:30 – 18:10 | Heart Failure Essentials For Nurses and Professional Allies
18:30 – 21:00 | Optimizing Your Research and Productivity

Click here to view the full agendas.

Join ACC Latin America chapter teams – each made up of three Fellows in Training (FITs) – as they test their clinical knowledge during the FIT Jeopardy sessions at ACC Latin America 2023 Together With ASOCAR!

FIT Jeopardy is a friendly competition that promotes a healthy rivalry between ACC international chapters, fosters FIT engagement within the chapters, and provides educational value to the contestants and audience. Participants will be quizzed on a variety of topics ranging from imaging, prevention, and interventional cardiology in an unconventional manner. There will be a panel of judges and chairs to moderate the competition.

Three ACC Latin America chapter teams will compete at ACC Latin America 2023 Together With ASOCAR and the winning team will compete at the ACC.24 competition in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2024!



Juan Aranda Jr., MD, FACC
Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine
AHA Sun Coast Endowed Chair
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, USA


Daniel Quesada Chaves, MD, FACC
Specialist in Cardiology
Former President, Costa Rican Association of Cardiology
Heart Failure Chapter President
ACC Central America Chapter Governor
Hospital San Vicente de Paul
San Jose, Costa Rica



Vivien Araya Gómez, MD, FACC, FHRS
Specialist in Cardiology and Electrophysiology
Electrophysiology Chapter President, ASOCAR
Director, Centro Cardiológico Integral
San José, Costa Rica


Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC
Staff Clinician, Clinical Physiology Laboratory, NHLBI, NIH
Director, Cardio-oncology Program, MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute
Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University
Washington, DC, USA


Jorge Chavarria, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
San Juan de Dios Hospital
Social Security in Costa Rica Clinica Biblica Hospital
San Jose, Costa Rica


Mauricio G. Cohen, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Staff Physician, Interventional Cardiology
Director, Structural Heart Interventions
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Heart & Vascular Center
Weston, FL, USA


Carlos Enrique Franco, MD, FSISIAC
Cardiologist, Advanced Echocardiography Specialist
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Specialist
Board Member, Sociedad Imágenes Cardiacas de la Sociedad Interamericana de Cardiología (SISIAC)
Vice President, Exercise Cardiology Chapter, SISIAC
President, Cardiovascular Imaging Chapter, Asociación Salvadoreña de Cardiología
Heart Failure and Cardiac Rehablitation Unit, Escalón Medical Center
Editorial Committee Member, Revista de Ecocardiografía Práctica y otras Técnicas de Imagen Cardiaca (RETIC)
San Salvador, El Salvador


Julio Guillen, MD, FACC
Member, Board of Directors, Guatemalan Association of Cardiology
Head, Cardiac Stimulation Department, Cardiovascular Surgery Unit (UNICAR)
Guatemala City, Guatemala


Ismael Guzmán Melgar, MD, MsC, FACC, FAHA, FESC
Director, Cardiology Postgraduate Program
Vice Chair, Department of Medicine Hospital Roosevelt, Guatemala
Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases on Post Graduate Cardiology Program Universidad Mariano Galvez Guatemala
Associate Editor, Archivos de Cardiologia de Mexico Journal
Guatemala City, Guatemala


Jose A. Joglar, MD, FACC, FAHA
Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs at Parkland, Department of Internal Medicine
Elizabeth Thaxton and Ellis Batten Page Professorship in Cardiac Electrophysiology Research
Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX, USA


Francisco Enrique Malca Reátegui, MD
Clinical Cardiologist, ASOCAR
Professor of Cardiology, Universidad de Costa Rica
Assistant Cardiology Physician, Hospital Máx Peralta
Cartago, Costa Rica


Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC, FAHA
Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Director, Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program
Trustee, American College of Cardiology
The Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC, USA


Melissa Rodriguez-Israel, MD
Heart Failure Fellowship- H. Bellvitge, Barcelona, Spain
Delegate, Heart Failure Chapter, Interamerican Society of Cardiology
Master in Transesophageal Echocardiography
Graduate Professor of Cardiology
San José, Costa Rica


Alexander Romero Guerra, MD
CIFACAH Board Member
Chair, Heart Failure Chapter, Panamanian Cardiology Society
Vice President, Panamanian Cardiology Society
Panamá, Panamá


Moises Vasquez, MD
SCMR Level 3
Cardiology Consultant, Hospital Dr. Rafael Angel Calderon Guardia
University of Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica