Cardiovascular Health Promotion: Contemporary Approaches to Prevention


The battle against heart disease continues to burn and the high stakes need for preventive cardiology couldn't be any higher. Being at the frontlines of the battle, cardiologists and members of the cardiac care team must shift the paradigm from management and treatment of disease to not only prevention but also to healthy lifestyles. Heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are not only caused and exacerbated by high blood pressure and high cholesterol but also poor lifestyle behaviors such as unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, stress, and smoking. The implication is clear: healthcare professionals must promote preventive measures and a healthy lifestyle to their patients.

The American College of Cardiology presents Cardiovascular Health Promotion: Contemporary Approaches to Prevention, an educational opportunity to bridge the gap between what we know and what can be done. Join peers with a similar passion in preventive cardiology and lifestyle medicine for two days of evidence-based strategies, tools and techniques, interactive case discussions, and lively debates facilitated by our cardiovascular experts in prevention.

Learning Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to provide the latest in evidence-based practice for cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention as well as practical strategies for lifestyle medicine for the cardiac care team.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to –

  • Identify best practices in blood pressure management including accurate blood pressure measurement.
  • Employ evidence-based strategies to address lipid and lifestyle modifications necessary to promote heart health.
  • Analyze smoking cessation strategies, including the use of pharmacologic agents and devices.
  • Compare emerging trends on dietary recommendations to prevent or manage cardiovascular disease.
  • Select specific pharmacotherapies and lifestyle modifications for reducing CV risk in patients with diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Target Audience
This course is intended for cardiovascular specialists and members of the cardiac care team including advanced practice providers and pharmacists that are strong advocates of both preventive management strategies and positive lifestyle changes.

Course Chairs

Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC
Associate Professor
Director of Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness
Director, Clinical Cardiology & Operations
Division of Cardiology
Department of Medicine
National Jewish Health

Pamela Bowe Morris, MD, FACC
Director, Preventive Cardiology
Co-director, Women's Heart Care
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Carl E. Orringer, MD, FACC
Director, Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Nurse Planner

Kimberly V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC
Nurse Planner
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC


Kimberly K. Birtcher, PharmD, AACC
Clinical Professor
University of Houston College of Pharmacy

Roger S. Blumenthal, MD, FACC
Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Lynne T. Braun, PhD, CNP
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Professor, Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, College of Nursing
Nurse Practitioner, Rush Heart Center for Women
Rush University Medical Center

Stephen Devries, MD, FACC
Executive Director
Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology
Associate Professor
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Gerald S. Berenson Chair in Preventative Cardiology
Tulane University School of Medicine
Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute
New Orleans

Eugenia Gianos, MD, FACC
System Director, Cardiovascular Prevention
Northwell Health
Director, Women's Heart Health
Lenox Hill Hospital
New York

Sheldon E. Litwin, MD, FACC
Endowed Chair, Countess Alicia Spaulding-Palozzi SmartState in Cardiovascular Imaging
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, FACC
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research
Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine
Director, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS)
Eileen M. Foell Professor
Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) and Medicine (Cardiology)

Nancy Rigotti, MD
Associate Chief, General Medicine Division
Director, Tobacco Research and Treatment Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Laurence S. Sperling, MD, FACC
Director, Center for Heart Disease Prevention
Katz Professor in Preventing Cardiology
Emory University School of Medicine

Sandra J. Taler, MD
Consultant, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

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.

Faculty Disclosures

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Registration Tuition

Please register me as: Designation   Early Before 2/28/19
3/1/19 – 5/3/19
5/4/19 – 6/1/19
Member Physician (includes International Associate)
MD, DO, PhD $475
Non-member Physician
MD, DO, PhD $600
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
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The registration tuition includes educational sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, 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.


The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Statement
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14 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.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC Provider number 0019).

ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 14 continuing nursing education contact hours (5 CNE pharmacotherapeutic contact hours). Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the American College of Cardiology. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine 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.

Continuing Pharmacy Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 14 contact hours (1.40 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Type: Knowledge
Universal Activity Number: JA4008162-9999-19-848-L01-P


Learner Bill of Rights


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


The Washington Marriott Georgetown, 1221 22nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20037

Online Reservation Link:
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Reservations via telephone:
To make a reservation by phone, you may call the hotel direct at 202-872-1500 and identify yourself as being with the American College of Cardiology/Cardio Health Promotion group.

Room Rates
The ACC negotiated room rate is $199 per night plus state and local taxes (currently 14.5%) per night. The ACC room block has been extended and will end now on May 7, 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: Prevention

Keywords: Primary Prevention, Secondary Prevention