Care of the Athletic Heart (Virtual)

Care of the Athletic Heart

Register to join us June 6 – 8 at Heart House in Washington, DC or virtually for Care of the Athletic Heart to learn about fundamental diagnostic and management strategies and treatment options from top sports cardiology experts including Course Chair Meagan Wasfy, MD, MPH, FACC and Course Vice Chair Jeffrey Hsu, MD, PhD, FACC!

Sports cardiology is a rapidly expanding field with over 8 million active athletes in the United States and the average cardiologist sees at least five patient athletes a week. With these numbers growing daily, there is high demand for cardiovascular care teams who understand contemporary care and practice management strategies for athletes. Care of the Athletic Heart will provide you with guideline-driven, practical, cardiovascular care strategies to improve the care of your patient athletes. This is your chance to participate in engaging panel discussions, debates, research, and cases with your colleagues.

Dive into challenging topics including:

  • The nuances of interpreting ECG and functional imaging of the athletic heart
  • The CV effects of extreme conditions for tactical/vocational athletes
  • Advising athletes with CAD, AFib and cardiomyopathies
  • Continuing controversies over pre-participation screening
  • and more!

Whether you care for firefighters, casual exercisers or professional athletes, you'll get the strategies you need to tailor care to your 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 competitive, recreational, occupational, and tactical athletes.

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

  • Demonstrate appropriate interpretation of the athlete ECG, including use of the International Recommendations for Electrocardiographic Interpretation in Athletes.
  • Select appropriate diagnostic studies, including cardiopulmonary exercise testing and cardiac imaging, for cardiovascular care of a broad spectrum of athlete patients.
  • Articulate the nuances of interpreting the cardiovascular imaging of the athletic heart.
  • Evaluate cardiovascular care strategies that address athletes with various cardiac conditions, including coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, and cardiomyopathies.
  • Recognize the cardiovascular effects of extreme conditions and how they impact athlete patient evaluation and management.
  • Identify the unique aspects of cardiovascular screening and disease management in tactical/occupational athletes.
  • Apply best practices in shared decision-making for difficult cardiovascular care situations in athlete patients.
  • Identify strategies to prevent sudden cardiac death in athletes including community involvement.

Target Audience
The primary target audience is the cardiologist and/or sports medicine clinician, including physicians and advanced practice providers (NP, CNS and PA), who provide care for the competitive, occupational, tactical, or recreational athlete. The secondary target audience are health care professionals engaged in the clinical care and evaluation of athletes, including athletic trainers, first responders, and exercise physiologists.

Course Chair

Meagan Wasfy, MD, MPH, FACC
Mass General Hospital

Course Vice Chair

Jeffrey Hsu, MD, PhD, FACC
UCLA Health

Planning Committee

Ankit Shah, MD, MPH, FACC
Sports & Performance Cardiology

Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD, FACC
Atrium Health

Eileen Handberg, PhD, ARNP, FACC
University of Florida

Eli Friedman, MD, FACC
Baptist Health

Elizabeth Dineen, DO, FACC
Mayo Clinic

To Register:
Online: Click the Register button at the top of the page
Phone: 800-253-4636 or 202-375-6000

Registration Fees
Virtual Early Bird
Until March 12
March 13 to April 30
After May 1
Member Physician $399 $449 $499
Non-Member $499 $549 $599
Member Reduced (includes CV Administrator, CVT Member, FIT, Resident, Student, Emeritus) $299 $349 $399

To register for In-Person participation, click here.

*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.

Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract or case for Care of the Athletic Heart 2024.

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

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
  • Original Research Abstracts

Click the appropriate link below to access the submission site for your abstract category.

Clinical Case Submission Site
Original Research Abstract Submission Site

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All abstracts and cases must be SUBMITTED by 11:59 PM ET on Monday, March 25, 2024, to be considered.

Notification: You will be sent a notification with the status of your submission via email by May 17, 2024. If accepted, you will be directed to register for the course.

Contact with questions.

Clinical Topics: Sports and Exercise Cardiology