Care of the Athletic Heart – Virtual

Care of the Athletic Heart

There are an estimated 5 million active athletes at the high school, collegiate, professional, and master's levels in the United States and 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.

Care of the Athletic Heart provides clinicians with the tools needed to improve patient care in your everyday practice. Join your colleagues virtually, June 8 – 10, to learn from top sports cardiology experts in the field including Course Chair Dermot Phelan, BAO, MBBCh, PhD, FACC and Vice Chair Megan Wasfy, MD, FACC.

This course will bring you up to date on the latest advance in the field of sports cardiology and you'll learn about fundamental CV diagnostic and management strategies and treatment options from sports cardiology experts through cases, research, panel discussions and debates. Whether you care for firefighters, collegiate athletes or exercise enthusiasts, you'll get the strategies you need to tailor care to these patient athletes.

Want to attend in person? Join us for Care of the Athletic Heart at ACC's Heart House in Washington, DC to reconnect with your peers and the faculty.

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.

The on-demand content will be available through June 19, 2023, for all registered attendees.

Registration Fees – VIRTUAL
Rate Type Example Designations Early Bird
Until 3/23
3/24 until 5/11
5/12 through Onsite
ACC Member Physician MD, DO $399 $449 $499
Non-Member Physician MD, DO $499 $549 $699
Reduced (FIT, CVT, Emeritus) PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Resident, Student, and Emeritus $299 $349 $399

*Virtual attendees enjoy complimentary access to the Pre-conference Educational Session.

Cancellation, substitution, or transfer to another course is allowed if written notification is received four weeks before a scheduled course. A full refund minus a $250 processing fee will be given for written notifications received fewer than four weeks before the first day of the course. No refund will be given for no-shows.

ACC reserves the right to cancel the course in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is canceled or postponed, ACC will refund registration tuition but cannot be held responsible for other costs or expenses, including cancellation/change penalties assessed by airlines, travel agencies or hotels.

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is 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) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 17.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Interprofessional Continuing Education
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 4.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for the Care for the Athletic Heart course.

Submission Site:  Click here to access the abstract and case submission site.

Submission Deadline: All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on Monday, April 11, 2023, to be considered.

Notification: You will be sent a notification with the status of your submission via email by Tuesday, May 9, 2023. If accepted, you will be directed to register for the course, and you must upload a self-recorded video presentation and/or pdf copy of your poster by Monday, May 22, 2023.

Select abstracts and cases will be invited to present in person, by poster, at Heart House during the course. Those authors will receive special instructions to register when they receive their abstract notification.

All abstracts and cases will be presented as video presentations and/or PDF posters on the course webpage. Changes cannot be made once the abstract or case is submitted.

Please ensure you have thoroughly read the abstract policies and procedures, submission instructions, and the information listed below before submitting your abstract or case.

Abstract Categories

  • Clinical Case Challenge (Patient Case Presentation)
  • Original Research Abstracts

Contact with questions.

Clinical Topics: Sports and Exercise Cardiology