Care of the Athletic Heart: From Elite to Exercise Enthusiasts


It's estimated that there are 5 million active athletes at the high school, collegiate, professional and master's levels in the United States. Recently polled cardiologists indicated they see on average five patient athletes per week. Since the athletic population is continuing 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. To meet these growing demands for professional, recreational, occupational and tactical athletes, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) has assembled many of the top experts from around the world to develop this year's course: Care of the Athletic Heart: From Elite to Exercise Enthusiasts. Sports cardiology experts who care for diverse populations of athletes will provide provocative patient cases, research, and contemporary treatment strategies needed to tailor the cardiovascular care of athletes and exercising individuals. Join this energetic and growing community of providers and expand your knowledge of the athletic heart.

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.

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

  • Select appropriate diagnostic studies including cardiopulmonary testing and basic cardiac imaging for CV care of a broad spectrum of athletic patients
  • Demonstrate appropriate interpretation of an athletic patient's ECG, including use of the International Recommendations for Electrocardiographic Interpretation in Athletes
  • Evaluate CV care strategies that address athletes with known coronary artery disease such as stable ischemic heart disease, aortic enlargement and congenital heart disease
  • Debate the current and continuing controversies in sports cardiology, including pre-participation screening, and management of arrhythmia disorders
  • Compare and contrast contemporary prevention tactics for the healthy elite athlete
  • Identify best practices in shared decision-making for difficult CV care situations including elongated QT syndrome

Target Audience
The primary target audience is the clinician who provides CV 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

Course Co-Director

Jonathan H. Kim, MD, FACC
Chief of Sports Cardiology
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Department of Orthopedics
Emory University
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Division of Applied Physiology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Planning Committee

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

Ron Courson
Senior Associate Athletic Director, Sports Medicine
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Kinesiology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

Sheela Krishnan, MD
Cardiovascular Disease Fellow
Penn Medicine

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


James Bagian, MD, PE
Clinical Professor, Industrial and Operational Engineering
Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Robert W. Battle, M.D., FACC
Director, Adult Congenital Heart Clinic
Team Cardiologist and Director of Sports Cardiology
Director, UVa Cardiology Specialty Clinic
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Alan C. Braverman, MD, FACC
Alumni Endowed Professor in Cardiovascular Diseases
Washington University in St. Louis of Medicine
Director, Marfan Syndrome and Aortopathy Clinic
St. Louis, MO

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

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

Jeffrey S. Lander, MD, FACC
Associate Director of Sports Cardiology
Morristown Medical Center
Essex Cardiology
Florham Park, NJ

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
University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Mark S. Link, MD, FACC
Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Laurence and Susan Hirsch/Centex Distinguished Chair in Heart Disease
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

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

Elizabeth V. Saarel, MD, FACC
Ronald and Helen Ross Distinguished Chair of Pediatric Cardiology
Cleveland Clinic Children's
Cleveland, OH

Jack C. Salerno, MD, FACC
Associate Chief Pediatric Cardiology
Director Electrophysiology & Pacing Service
University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital
Children's Heart Center

Ankit B. Shah, MD, FACC
Director, MedStar Sports & Performance
Medstar Heart & Vascular Institute
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Georgetown University Medical Center

Sanjay Sharma, BSc(Hons), MD, FESC
Professor of Clinical Cardiology
Director of Heart Muscle Diseases
Cardiology Clinical Academic Group
St. Georges's University
London, United Kingdom

Kathy E. Sietsema, MD
Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles

David M. Shipon MD, FACC
Director Preventive/Sports Cardiology
and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Jefferson Health
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

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

Meagan Murphy Wasfy, MD, FACC
Cardiovascular Performance Program
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center
Brigham and Women's Hospital

ACCF committee members, faculty, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner has, occurring within the past twelve months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. 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 through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations. Refer to the links below for committee member disclosures and course faculty disclosures. Please note ACCF staff involved with this course have nothing to disclose.

2019 Pre-conference Educational Seminar: Cardiopulmonary Testing in the Sports Cardiology Clinic:  Basics and Key Measurements

We will kick off Thursday morning with an optional, limited-seating pre-conference titled Cardiopulmonary Testing in the Sports Cardiology Clinic:  Basics and Key Measurements. The 4-hour intensive session will be led by Dr. Kathy Sietsema, Exercise Physiologist from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and a panel of faculty experts and includes the basics of conducting a CPET and stress protocols through case examples.

Thursday, June 20, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Heart House

Pre-conference Registration Rate = $100 (includes lunch)

Complimentary Pre-con (attendees choose from one of the below):

  • Imaging 101:  Exercise-induced cardiac remodeling: What Physiologic Changes to Expect in the Athlete
  • Advanced Imaging for the Sports Cardiologist

Thursday, June 20, 2019
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Heart House

Complimentary, registration required

To Register online for the Course please click the Register button at the top of the page.

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Registration Tuition

Please register me as: Designation Early Before March 22, 2019
Avg. 40% savings off Full price
March 23, 2019 – May 24, 2019
After May 25, 2019
Member Physician (includes International Associate)
MD, DO, PhD $500
Non-member Physician (includes Industry Professional)
MD, DO, PhD $650
Member Reduced (Includes CCA Members, CVT, FIT, Resident, Student and Emeritus)
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Emeritus, Resident, Student
$350 $450
Non-member Reduced
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD

OPTIONAL Pre-Conference:
Cardiopulmonary Testing in the Sports Cardiology Clinic: Basics and Key Measurements
Thursday, June 20, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Lunch included)
Heart House
All Registrants – Flat Rate $100

The registration tuition includes educational sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, light/dinner/lunch and course materials.

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.

This course has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

MOC Statement
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn 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.


Learner Bill of Rights


All sessions will be held at Heart House, 2400 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. The meeting site telephone number is 202-375-6000.


The Fairmont, 2401 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20037

Online Reservation Link:
Click here to make your reservations online.

Reservations via telephone:
To make a reservation by phone, you can either call the hotel direct at 202-429-2400 or 800-441-1414 and identify yourself as being with the ACC's Athletic Heart Room Block.

Room Rates
The ACC has negotiated two room rates: $209 per night plus state and local taxes (currently 14.95%) per night (limited in number) and $279 per night plus state and local taxes (currently 14.95%) per night. The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until May 30, 2019, 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.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the ANCC or ACC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

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

Clinical Topics: Sports and Exercise Cardiology

Keywords: Sports, Athletes