Care of the Athletic Heart: Contemporary Concepts, Cases and Controversies

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Sports cardiology is quickly developing beyond the field of elite athlete cardiovascular (CV) care. Recently polled cardiologists indicated they see on average five patient athletes per week. Since the athletic population in recent years has doubled in all major demographic groups, a larger contingent of practice-ready clinicians who understand the contemporary care and practice management strategies is needed. To meet these growing demands for professional, recreational, occupational and tactical athletes, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) will gather experts from around the world in Park City, Utah in June 2018.

The ACC’s course, Care of the Athletic Heart: Contemporary Concepts, Cases and Controversies will connect you with these sports cardiology experts who care for this diverse population of athletes. This year’s course focuses on essential cardiovascular care of athletes across the spectrum but will have a deep dive in the over-35 athlete, with focus on those who exercise during middle-age. Whether a firefighter, collegiate athlete or a 50-year-old marathon runner — the ACC’s Care of the Athletic Heart course will provide you with the contemporary strategies needed to tailor cardiovascular care to athletes and exercising individuals.

Goals and Learner Objectives 
At the end of this course, participants should be able to identify guideline-driven, practical, cardiovascular care strategies for the contemporary athlete including professional, recreational, occupational or tactical patients.  In particular, this year the course will focus on high volume patient subsets such as the middle-aged athlete, and the fundamental CV diagnostic and management strategies needed to care for the spectrum of athletes.  

Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to —

  • Select appropriate diagnostic and management guideline-directed CV care strategies for a broad spectrum of athletic patients. 
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpretation of an athletic patient’s ECG, including use of the new International Recommendations for Electrocardiographic Interpretation in Athletes
  • Debate the current and continuing controversies in sports cardiology, including pre-participation screening, return-to-play and cardiomyopathies
  • Evaluate CV care strategies that address common problems facing the middle-aged athlete including nutrition, statin and steroid use. 
  • Compare and contrast arrhythmia disorders including managing atrial fibrillation in the aging endurance athlete 
  • Collaborate with colleagues and faculty experts to improve and personalize practice-ready solutions 

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

Course Director

Matthew W. Martinez, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief of Cardiology
Education and Cardiology Fellowship Program Director
Medical Director
Sports Cardiology and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program
Medical Director
Cardiovascular Imaging
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, PA

Associate Course Director

Jonathan H. Kim, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Invited Faculty

Michael Ackerman, MD, PHD
Consultant, Division of Heart Rhythm Services
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Long QT Syndrome/Genetic Heart Disorders Clinic
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Aaron L. Baggish MD, FACC, FACSM
Director, Cardiovascular Performance Program
Division of Cardiology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Danny Berger
Abbott Laboratories
Draper, UT

Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN
President, Chief Executive Officer
Cardiovascular Management of Illinois
Woodridge, IL

Thomas Jared Bunch, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Heart Rhythm Services
Intermountain Heart Institute
Salt Lake City, UT

George Chiampas, DO, CAQSM, FACEP
Assistant Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Director, Community and Sports Event Preparedness Management
Director of CCARES
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine

Eugene H. Chung, MD, FACC
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
Director, West Michigan Program
Cardiac Electrophysiology Service
Director, Sports Cardiology Clinic
Frankel Cardiovascular Center
Michigan Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI

Michael S. Emery, MD, FACC
Medical Director, The Center for Cardiovascular Care in Athletics
Indiana University Health
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Krannert Institute of Cardiology
Indiana University School of Medicine

Susan P. Etheridge, MD, FACC
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Utah
Salt Lake City

Antonio Benicio Fernandez, MD, FACC
Director, ICU
Hartford Hospital
West Hartford, CT

Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Indiana University School of Medicine
Clinical Director
Krannert Institute of Cardiology

Andre La Gerche, MBBS, PhD
Head, Sports Cardiology and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Melbourne, Australia

Rachel J. Lampert, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
Section of Cardiology
New Haven, CT

Benjamin D. Levine, MD, FACC
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Director, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine
S. Finley Ewing Jr. Chair for Wellness at Texas Health Presbyterian, Dallas
Harry S. Moss Heart Chair for Cardiovascular Research
Professor of Medicine and Cardiology
Distinguished Professorship in Exercise Science
University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Silvana Molossi, MD, PhD, FACC
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Medical Director, Coronary Anomalies Program
Medical Director, Community and Program Development
Texas Children's Hospital

John Parsons, PhD
Director, Sport Science Institute
The National Collegiate Athletic Association

Dermot Michael Joseph Phelan, BAO, MBBCH, PhD, FACC
Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical Director of the Sports Cardiology Center
Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Assistant Professor
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Ankit B. Shah, MD, FACC
Director, MedStar Sports & Performance Cardiology
Medstar Heart & Vascular Institute

David M. Shipon, MD, FACC
Preventive /Sports Cardiology
Director, Cardiac Rehab Jefferson
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Rehab Medicine Thomas Jefferson University (SKMC) Chief Medical Officer, Simons Heart President, Athlete Health Organization Philadelphia

Paul D. Thompson, MD, FACC
Director of Cardiology
The Athletes Heart Program and Cardiovascular Research
Hartford Hospital
Professor of Medicine
University of Connecticut
Hartford, CT

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Learner Bill of Rights


All sessions will be held at the Grand Summit Lodge, 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, Utah, 84098.  The meeting site telephone number is 435-615-8040.


The Grand Summit Lodge, 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, Utah, 84098

Reservations can be made by calling the Park City Reservations line (choose Canyons Village) at 888-416-6195 and identify yourself as being with the American College of Cardiology/Care of the Athletic Heart group to secure the negotiated rates.

You may also make your reservation online here. If you need to adjust your reservation dates, please change the dates on the left-hand side of the screen, then click "apply".

Room Rates
The ACC negotiated room rate is $179 per night plus state and local taxes (currently 12.6%) per night. The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until May 21, 2018, but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible.


Please Note
Smoking is prohibited in all ACC meeting rooms.

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us serve you better.

Faculty and course are subject to change without notice.

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The views expressed in this course are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ACC.

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology, Dyslipidemia, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Prevention, Sports and Exercise Cardiology, Valvular Heart Disease, Atherosclerotic Disease (CAD/PAD), Implantable Devices, Genetic Arrhythmic Conditions, SCD/Ventricular Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias, Congenital Heart Disease, CHD and Pediatrics and Arrhythmias, CHD and Pediatrics and Prevention, Hypertension, Sports and Exercise and Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology

Keywords: Sports Medicine, Heart Valve Diseases, Coronary Artery Disease, Athletes, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Atrial Fibrillation, Tetralogy of Fallot, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia, Electrocardiography, Hypertension, Heart Arrest, Hyperlipidemias