ACC & Mended Hearts Present | Improving How We Communicate CVD Risk to Patients: An Interactive Live Session at ACC.20/WCC

When: Saturday, March 28, 5:45-8:00 p.m. CT

5:45 - 6:15 p.m. Doors open and dinner is served
6:15 - 8:00 p.m. Improving How We Communicate CVD Risk to Patients

Where: Calculus Room at the Marriott Marquis Chicago

Please RSVP via the online form below.

As clinicians, we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about risk. While risk-related concepts may seem clear to us, they can register with patients as a confusing assortment of jargon and numbers. Moreover, patients' comprehension of and reactions to risk are influenced by a host of factors that are not always well understood by clinicians. Our patients' understanding of their personal cardiovascular risk is central to shared decision making, treatment initiation and adherence.

Please join us for an interactive session on how to improve cardiovascular risk communications and engage your patients in the process. Experts will discuss cognitive biases, risk scores and strategies to make risk meaningful. Participants will review clinical case scenarios to put key lessons into practice during an interactive breakout session.

Dinner will be provided by ACC. Please contact with any questions.

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Larry Allen, MD, FACC, Moderator

Dr. Allen is the Associate Division Head for Clinical Affairs in Cardiology, Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure, Co-Director of the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions, and holds the Kenneth Poirier Chair in Medicine for the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado. Dr. Allen's interests include improving our ability to anticipate progression into end-stage heart failure and then helping patients make tough choices regarding invasive therapies and palliative care options.

Guest Speakers

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Ellen Peters, PhD, is the Philip H. Knight Chair and Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. She studies the basic building blocks of human judgment and decision making and their links with effective communication techniques. She has worked extensively with federal agencies to advance decision and communication sciences in health and health policy, including as Chair of FDA's Risk Communication Advisory Committee, consultant to FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, and member of the NAS committee on the Science of Science Communication.

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Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher, PhD, is Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, Research Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, and Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Trained in decision psychology and behavioral economics, he designs and evaluates methods of making health data more intuitively meaningful, studies the impact of people's consistent preferences for more versus less health care on over- and underutilization of care, and explores the power of narratives in health communications. He was recently named as incoming Editor-in-Chief (as of January 2021) for the journals Medical Decision Making and Medical Decision Making: Policy & Practice.

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Neil J. Stone, MD, MACP, FACC, FAHA, is the Bonow Professor of Medicine in Preventive Cardiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. He heads a special clinic for the diagnosis and management of lipid-related disorders that was begun in 1974. In 2018, he received the Joseph Stokes, III, MD Award from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC) for his achievements in preventive cardiology. He is most known for his work on national guidelines. He was Chair of the 2013 ACC/AHA Cholesterol guidelines and Vice-Chair of the 2018 AHA-ACC-MultiSociety Cholesterol guidelines.

We are grateful to our partnership with Mended Hearts for their commitment to the Risk Communication Initiative.

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