Care of the Athletic Heart

Care of the Athletic Heart

Care of the Athletic Heart provides clinicians with the tools needed to improve patient care in your everyday practice. Save the date for this educational experience!

Statement of Need
There are an estimated 5 million active athletes at the high school, collegiate, professional, and master's levels in the United States. Recently polled cardiologists indicated they see five patient athletes per week on average. As the athletic population continues to expand in all major demographic groups, a larger contingent of practice-ready clinicians who understand the contemporary care and practice management strategies for athletes is needed.

At the end of this course, participants should be able to identify guideline-driven, practical, cardiovascular care strategies for the professional, recreational, occupational, or tactical athlete.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate interpretation of an athletic patient's ECG, including use of the International Recommendations for Electrocardiographic Interpretation in Athletes
  • Select appropriate diagnostic studies, including cardiopulmonary testing and cardiac imaging, for cardiovascular care of a broad spectrum of athletic patients
  • Articulate the nuances of interpreting functional imaging of the athletic heart
  • Explain the cardiovascular effects of extreme conditions and how they impact evaluation and management of all athletes, including tactical/vocational athletes
  • Evaluate cardiovascular care strategies that address athletes with various cardiac conditions, including coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, and cardiomyopathies
  • Debate the current and continuing controversies regarding pre-participation screening
  • Apply best practices in shared decision-making for difficult cardiovascular care situations
  • Identify strategies to engage communities in AED and CPR training.

Target Audience
The primary target audience is the clinician who provides CV Care, including cardiologists and sports medicine clinicians, as well as advanced practice providers (NP, CNS and PA) for the professional, occupational, tactical, or recreational athlete. The secondary target audience is other clinicians caring for athletes, including first responders, and athletic trainers.

Course Chair

Dermot Phelan, BAO, MB BCh, PhD, FACC
Atrium Health

Course Vice Chair

Meagan Wasfy, MD, FACC
Massachusetts General Hospital

Planning Committee

Elizabeth H. Dineen, DO, FACC
UCI Health

Jeff Hsu, MD, PhD, FACC
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Ankit B. Shah, MD, MPH, FACC
MedStar Health

Katie Morganti Stewart, CNP, MS
Massachusetts General Hospital

Faculty are subject to change without notice.

Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Statement
As a provider jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of their directly provided or jointly provided/co-provided educational activities. Planners, presenters, and other contributors, in a position to control the content are required to disclose to the audience all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner may have, occurring within the past 24 months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. When an unlabeled use of a commercial product or an investigational use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity, the contributor should disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigational.

ACCF is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities and materials that promote improvements and quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business or commercial interest. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the education activity.

ACCF assesses conflicts of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of certified activities. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by course directors, ACCF education staff, and members of the Accreditation Compliance Workgroup (ACWG) through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

ACCF has taken the necessary steps to ensure that all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Please note ACCF staff and the ACWG members involved with this activity have nothing to disclose.

Clinical Topics: Sports and Exercise Cardiology