Cover Story | Local Stage, Global Science and Connections: Your Comprehensive Guide to ACC.20/WCC

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Mark Twain aptly described the city of Chicago, saying: "She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time."

Like Chicago, ACC's Annual Scientific Session is always evolving to make the most out of new technologies, educational formats, new science and more. No meeting is the same as the one before. This year is no exception.

ACC.20 by virtue of being held "together with the World Congress of Cardiology" elevates the global aspect of cardiovascular disease at a time when we are increasingly reminded that cardiovascular disease – or any disease for that matter – isn't limited by oceans or borders.

We are also living in a time when it is much easier for the global house of medicine to make meaningful change in ways it could not before.

"ACC.20/WCC offers a local stage for global discussions on topics that we must address as a profession if we hope to achieve the ACC's vision of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes," says meeting Chair Andrew M. Kates, MD, FACC.

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"It has truly been a privilege to work with dedicated leaders from the ACC and the World Heart Federation on a robust agenda that will drive discussion, foster collaboration, further innovation and help us continue on the path to truly transform cardiovascular care."

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Among the highlights: keynote addresses by global cardiovascular luminaries like Antonio Colombo, MD, FACC, noted interventional cardiologist from Italy; Egyptian-born Sir Magdi H. Yacoub, MB, BCH, FACC, who is credited with establishing heart transplantation in the UK and has been called the "Leonardo da Vinci of cardiac surgery"; and Judith Richter, PhD, founder of the NIR School of the Heart, which provides a "comprehensive experiential program aimed at enriching the academic, cultural, social and personal development of promising teenagers throughout the Middle East."

All three of these speakers have not only enriched cardiovascular care with their scientific contributions, but they have also made time to give back to their local communities in ways that are saving lives, building future leaders and moving us forward as a global profession.

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In addition to keynote lectures and discussions, innovation and technology will be woven throughout the meeting, whether in the Expo as part of the Future Hub and Engage Studio, or in the Poster Hall where an entire section will be dedicated to the topic.

According to meeting Vice Chair Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC, this year's Late-Breaking Clinical Trials highlight the breadth of new and ongoing research from across the field, ranging from pharmacogenetics to heart failure treatment.

"It's an exciting time and I hope attendees will be able to take home key strategies that can help move the needle and improve cardiovascular care wherever they live and work."

The following pages provide a snapshot of the many ways ACC.20/WCC will have something for everyone!

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Who is WHF?

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The ACC is proud to be partnering with the World Heart Federation (WHF) to present ACC.20 Together With the World Congress of Cardiology.

WHF is the principal representative body of the global cardiovascular community, bringing together 214 organizations from every region of the world.

It's also a leading voice in the work to achieve the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which sets out an ambitious target to reduce mortality from cardiovascular disease by one third by 2030.

We believe in a world where heart health for everyone is a fundamental human right and crucial element of social health justice. 
— WHF

Chicago Trivia

While these fun facts will likely not appear as part of the FIT Jeopardy Competition Finals on Sunday, March 29, they can be used to wow your colleagues, supplement your Twitter feed, or inform creative out-of-office messages explaining where you are March 28-30.

Home to Daniel Hale Williams, one of the first African American physicians in the city, and founder of Provident Hospital and Training School for Nurses (the first black-owned and operated nonsegregated hospital in the U.S.).

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The Twinkie was "invented" by Jimmy Dewar in Chicago in 1930.

You can see four states – Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan – from the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) Skydeck.

The first open-heart surgery was performed by Williams at Provident Hospital in 1893.

The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backwards.

The actual name of the popular "Bean" sculpture is Cloud Gate.

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Meet the Chairs

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Chair: Andrew M. Kates, MD, FACC

Day Job: Professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where he serves as Cardiology Fellowship Program Director.

Specialty Areas: General cardiology, heart disease prevention, cardiac amyloid.

Medical School and Residency: Tufts University, Boston, MA; Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Vice Chair: Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC

Day Job: Professor of Medicine, Director of Preventive Cardiology and the Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

Specialty Areas: Complex lipid management, preventive cardiology, imaging subclinical atherosclerosis.

Medical School and Residency: Duke University School of Medicine; Duke Medical Center.

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Chair: Andrew M. Kates, MD, FACC (Continued)

Little Known Fact: Knew he wanted to be a physician when he was five or six.

Best Part of ACC.20/WCC: "ACC.20/WCC will reflect the global focus and impact of the College," says Kates, who credits this year's partnership with the World Heart Federation for bringing even more opportunities for unique discussions on global cardiovascular issues like noncommunicable diseases, prevention, heart failure and more. From keynote addresses by global cardiovascular luminaries to the best new research from around the world, ACC.20/WCC will bring to life ACC's vision of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes.

Vice Chair: Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC (Continued)

Little Known Fact: Has been known to refer to herself as a "lipid geek."

Best Part of ACC.20/WCC: "The most exciting and distinguishing feature of ACC.20/WCC is the important emphasis on the issues of combatting global cardiovascular disease and promotion of cardiovascular health," says Morris. "Recognizing the challenges that professionals face around the world, the sessions have integrated perspectives from international experts, including both key thought-leaders from our many ACC International chapters and well-recognized faculty from the World Heart Federation. The sessions promise to stimulate important collaborative discussions among cardiovascular professionals from around the world."

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Balance and Reinvigoration

Work and life won't stop for the three days of ACC.20/WCC – even though the concept might sound nice. To that end, the College continues to build on the well-being resources provided to attendees during the meeting to make it more inclusive, inviting and effective.

Among the services: childcare will be offered throughout the meeting to allow parents time to present science, explore the Expo and network with colleagues. Also, look for an enhanced mothers' room and a Mamava pod. An Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room will also be available for those seeking a place for prayer and reflection.

New this year, the ACC.20/WCC Recharge+Renew Pavilion located next to ACC Central in the Expo will provide a quiet place to recharge devices or learn about the benefits of therapy dogs. Those up for a "challenge" can visit the pavilion to sign up for the ACC's CardioSmart Wellness Challenge. A leader board will keep track of the competition.

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ACC Convocation: Tradition, Achievement, Transitions

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CONVOCATION FACT #1: This is the ACC's 69th Annual Convocation. What year did you become a Fellow or Associate? Share your photo and year on Twitter and don't forget to tag #ACC20, #WCCardio and #CardiologyMag.

CONVOCATION FACT #2: The AACC designation was created in 2009 to recognize ACC CV Team professionals who have dedicated themselves to providing the highest-level of cardiovascular care. Learn more about AACC membership at ACC.org/Membership.

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CONVOCATION FACT #3: Every year the ACC Secretary and BOG Chair calls Convocation to order with the placing of the official ACC Mace. Akshay Khandelwal, MD, FACC, has this year's honors.

CONVOCATION FACT #4: Each year Convocation recognizes Distinguished Award Winners and Masters of ACC recipients. These individuals epitomize ACC's Core Values (patient-centered, teamwork and collaboration, professionalism and excellence).

CONVOCATION FACT #5: For nearly 40 years, the ACC/Merck Research Fellowship Awards have supported ACC Fellows in Training who are seeking to launch careers in cardiovascular research. The ACC is excited to honor this year's award winners during Convocation.

CONVOCATION FACT #6: ACC's President Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, will pass the official Presidential Chain to Athena Poppas, MD, FACC. Poppas, who lives and works in Rhode Island, will be the fourth female president of the College.

Convocation will take place on Monday, March 30 at 4 pm! Plan to attend and share in the celebration.

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Global Health Heard Here

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Make time for programming designed by the World Heart Federation to create conversations among global peers to share experiences and strategies and learn from a diverse group of experts to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease. Join a session in the Global Health Café in the Lounge & Learn Pavilion, Hall B, or a Meet and Share Forum.

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Plan to attend a discussion led by the WHF on their Roadmap on Heart Failure on the Heart 2 Heart Stage, on Saturday, March 28, from 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. The WHF has developed a series of roadmaps intended to inform health systems approaches to cardiovascular disease by prioritizing practical, proven and cost effective action to help serve the goal of reducing the mortality from cardiovascular diseases.

Search the meeting app for "WHF Special" for all the sessions in that track.

Global Health Café

  • Educating the Health Care Workforce: New Tools in the Fight Against NCDs
    March 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Women's Circulatory Health: A Global Perspective
    March 28, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Taking Action on Air Pollution: Healthy Environments For Healthy Hearts
    March 29, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Breaking the Silence on Chagas Disease
    March 29, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tobacco Control on the CVD Agenda: Keeping Up the Fight
    March 30, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Meet and Share Forum

  • Engaging With Your Audience Online (#5501)
    March 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Creating the Perfect Campaign Video (#5502)
    March 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • World Heart Federation Campaign Awards 2020
    March 28, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Creating Real Impact With Your Public Event (#5504)
    March 29, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Talking About CVD Risk Factors With the Public (#5505)
    March 29, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Sessions

See and hear first-hand the latest practice-changing scientific breakthroughs at ACC.20/WCC with these five Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Sessions (LBCT). The VICTORIA Trial kicks it off on Saturday, immediately following the Opening Showcase Session.

Don't miss the 15 Featured Clinical Research (FCR) presentations in three sessions – including results from the ACC 2019 Well-being Study (#20546) on Saturday. Join the Deep Dive Sessions where the experts break down the hottest trials and what it means for your patients.

Saturday, March 28

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Joint ACC/JACC LBCT
Session 402
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

  • VICTORIA: Vericiguat Global Study in Subjects With Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction
  • Voyager PAD: Randomized Trial of Rivaroxaban For Prevention of Cardiovascular and Limb Events After Lower Extremity Revascularization
  • Tailor PCI Trial: Clinical Implementation of Clopidogrel Pharmacogenetics

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Sunday, March 29

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Joint ACC/New England Journal of Medicine LBCT
Session 405
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

POPular TAVI Trial - Cohort B: Antithrombotic Therapy After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation in Patients With a Long-term Indication For Oral Anticoagulation

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients With Severe Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis at Low Predicted Risk of Mortality
  • A Composite Metric For Benchmarking Site Performance in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Results From the STS/ACC TVT Registry
  • UK TAVI: United Kingdom Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Trial
  • Partner 3 Low-risk Randomized Trial: Two-year Clinical and Echocardiographic Outcomes

Late-Breaking Clinical Trials
Session 406
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Caravaggio Study: Apixaban For the Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism Associated With Cancer
  • Rivaroxaban Vs. Enoxaparin in Nonmajor Orthopedic Surgery
  • Voyager-PAD (Key Subgroup Analysis): Benefit and Risk of Rivaroxaban Plus Aspirin in Patients With PAD After Lower Extremity Revascularization (LER) With and Without Concomitant Clopidogrel
  • Spyral HTN-off Med Pivotal Trial: Catheter-based Renal Denervation in the Absence of Antihypertensive Medications
  • Randomized Clinical Trial of Pre-hospital Sodium Nitrite In Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest Patients

Deep Dive I
Session 407
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

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Monday, March 30

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Late-Breaking Clinical Trials
Session 410
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

  • Ticagrelor With or Without Aspirin in Acute Coronary Syndrome After PCI: Randomized Evaluation of Ticagrelor Monotherapy After 3-month Dual-antiplatelet
  • TWILIGHT-COMPLEX Substudy: Safety and Efficacy of Ticagrelor Monotherapy After Complex PCI
  • Radial Artery Vs. Saphenous Vein For Coronary Bypass Surgery at Long Term Follow-up
  • Ten-year Outcomes After Drug-eluting Stents Vs. Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting For Left Main Coronary Disease
  • Ticagrelor With and Without Aspirin in High-Risk Patients With Diabetes Mellitus Undergoing PCI: Insights From the TWILIGHT Trial

Joint ACC/JAMA LBCT
Session 411
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of E-Cigarettes For Smoking Cessation
  • ODYSSEY HoFH: Alirocumab Efficacy and Safety in Adults With Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia
  • Evinacumab Significantly Reduces LDL-C in Patients With Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia
  • Eicosapentaenoic Acid Levels in REDUCE-IT and Cardiovascular Outcomes
  • Natural History of Symptoms and Stress Echo Findings in Patients With Moderate or Severe Ischemia and No Obstructive CAD (INOCA): The NHLBI-funded CIAO Ancillary Study to the ISCHEMIA Trial

Deep Dive II
Session 414
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

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ACC.20/WCC Anywhere Brings It to You LIVE!

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Can't make it to Chicago for ACC.20/WCC? Join your colleagues virtually with ACC.20/WCC Anywhere. Tune in LIVE to the hottest sessions from the meeting and share your thoughts and ideas in real time with other Anywhere attendees.

ACC.20/WCC Anywhere gives you access to three full days of live streaming across four channels – Hot Topics, Guidelines, Intra-professional Education and Global Health – 50 sessions total. Plus, watch on demand from your own home or office and get the flexibility to learn about the latest guidelines and clinical trials on your own time and revisit any of the 50 sessions at any time for up to 30 days!

Find it all at ACCAnywhere.acc.org.

Heart2Heart Stage

Make time for the interactive and casual Heart 2 Heart stage sessions on timely topics affecting clinicians and practice – all in the Lounge & Learn Pavilion in Hall B.

Saturday, March 28

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  • How to Navigate ACC.20/WCC: An Inside Look at this Year's Program
    10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Tee-off to Personality Self-Assessment
    11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • WHF: Heart Failure Roadmap
    1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
  • The Upside of Error: Lessons Learned by Experts
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • The Many Sides of Social Media
    4:15 – 4:45 p.m.

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Sunday, March 29

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  • Catch Them Before They Fall: Syncope Guidelines in Action
    7:00 – 7:30 a.m.
  • Making the Most of ACC.org: Your Digital Home For Continuous Improvement and Lifelong Learning
    9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Art With Heart: Tales of Creativity in Cardiology
    12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • MOC Assessment Options: Which One is For You?
    1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Unconscious Bias: The Subtle Enemy of Equality
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Value-based Care
    4:45 – 6:00 p.m.

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Monday, March 30

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  • JACC: Case Reports Clinical Cases Put Guidelines Into Perspective
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • ACC Strategic Global Initiative
    12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

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Join these Diversity & Inclusion Sessions at ACC.20/WCC

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Friday, March 27

  • ACC.20 Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall
    4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
    Marriot Marquis (Chicago)
    Architecture Room

Saturday, March 28

  • From Seed to Sapling: Cultivating the Female Cardiologist From High School Through Residency: Panel Discussion With Meghan York, MD, FACC; Suzanne Feigofsky, MD, FACC; Gladys Palacio Velarde, MD, FACC
    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    ACC.20 WIC Lounge

Sunday, March 29

  • WIC Lunchtime Symposium: #Sheroes: Captain Marvels, Wonder Women, SpiderWomen, Purls, & Men Who Save Lives Beside Them as Women in Cardiology
    12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
    Grand Ballroom S100A
  • Launching a Career in Clinical Trial Research Panel Discussion with Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC; Tracy Wang, MD, MHS, MSc, FACC; and Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    ACC.20 WIC Lounge
  • Unconscious Bias: The Subtle Enemy of Equality
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    Heart 2 Heart Stage

Monday, March 30

  • 69th Annual Convocation Ceremony
    Recognize Distinguished Award Winners, including Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, recipient of the first Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion, and welcome the new "Faces of Cardiology" to the College at the reception immediately after the ceremony.
    4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Main Tent

Learn From the Legends: ACC.20/WCC Keynotes

Leave ACC.20/WCC inspired by leaders in the field from around the world. The Keynotes featured throughout ACC.20/WCC have been selected for their outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine.

2020 Maseri-Florio Keynote: Judith Richter, PhD
Opening Hearts
Saturday, March 28, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Louis F. Bishop Keynote: Lisa Marie Hollier, MD, MPH
Maternal Cardiovascular Mortality — Guidance From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Saturday, March 28, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

2020 Simon Dack Keynote: Antonio Colombo, MD, FACC
My Lifetime Journey in Interventional Cardiology and Future Perspectives
Saturday, March 28, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

2020 Dan G. McNamara Keynote: Kathy J. Jenkins, MD, MPH, FACC
My Journey: The Evolution of Quality in Congenital Heart Disease
Sunday, March 29, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

2020 James T. Dove Keynote: Sir Magdi H. Yacoub, MB, BCH, FACC
Global Perspective of Quality of Care
Sunday, March 29, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Douglas P. Zipes, MD, MACC, Distinguished Young Scientist Awardee Keynote: Carlo R. Bartoli, MD, PhD
LVAD Hemocompatibility: The Human-Machine Interface
Monday, March 30, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

2020 Eugene Braunwald Keynote: Sekar Kathiresan, MD
From Reading the Genome For Risk to Rewriting It For Heart Attack Protection: A Personal Journey From Viramathi to Verve
Monday, March 30, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Something for Everyone

CV Team Members

ACC has long recognized the value of all members of the cardiovascular (CV) team and active participation by CV Team members in planning, developing and presenting at ACC.20/WCC creates a truly interdisciplinary experience.

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Every member of the CV Team – whether a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, clinical pharmacist, cardiac rehabilitation specialist or other specialist nonphysician providers – will find programming designed just for you. Expand your knowledge, learn about cutting-edge cardiovascular care and research advances, and network and collaborate with peers.

Engage with primary authors of ground-breaking trials, debate controversial issues with experts in the field and network with colleagues from around the world. Join the CV Team Section Meeting, Networking and Reception Event in the CV Team Lounge.

Look for the pharmacology sessions (#102, #104, #106) and the Global Health Spoken Here sessions featuring global experts on global issues. Plus, get hands-on training in the Personalized Skills and Simulation Center and improve your basic knowledge with new Core Knowledge in Action sessions.

Other don't miss sessions include Up Close and Virtual: Impacting Cardiac Care with Telehealth (#680), Did I Do That? No, Did WE Do That?? Complex Structural Cases for the Heart Team (#677), Precision Medicine (#698), Practical Pearls and Wisdom from the Masters - A Case-Based Discussion on the Management of Hypertension (#737), Ask the Experts: CardioOncology (#6006), and Cardiac Rehab: Move to Improve! (#715). Use the meeting app to search for sessions by practice focus.

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International Members

There are no borders to cardiovascular disease and never has the knowledge sharing between global colleagues been more important as we all work to reduce its impact and meet the goals of reducing cardiovascular disease mortality by a third by 2030.

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ACC's international members are an integral thread in all its work and within ACC.20/WCC. This is your opportunity to get the latest science, innovation and practice-changing updates in care, with a special focus on health advocacy. ACC.20/WCC combines a scientific and educational focus while integrating global perspectives.

Search the meeting app for the Global Health Spoken Here sessions and the WHF Special track. Plan to attend Keynotes given by international experts Sir Magdi H. Yacoub, MB, BCH, FACC; Antonio Colombo, MD, FACC; Carlo R. Bartoli, MD, PhD, and Judith Richter, PhD, who'll deliver the Maseri-Florio Keynote during Saturday's Opening Showcase.

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FIT and Early Career Professional Members

As a Fellow in Training (FIT) or Early Career (EC) professional, at ACC.20/WCC you'll find the tools and education you need to address the evolving scenarios in cardiovascular medicine and navigating the complexities of today's health care landscape and achieving professional success.

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In three days, in one place, ACC.20/WCC opens a door to the whole of cardiovascular medicine. Dig into one or more of the 11 Learning Pathways and the Core Knowledge in Action sessions and stay current with the medical advances and research. Network with colleagues, find mentors and even training positions and jobs, and gain insights into the nonclinical side of your work world.

Don't miss the FIT Forum: Mix and Mingle (#415) on Saturday, March 28, a special informal, opportunity for FITs to network with cardiology leaders from many different subspecialties and foster discussions on different aspects of cardiology that help guide choosing the right career path.

Join your peers and cheer on your state chapter for the fifth annual FIT Jeopardy: Battle of the State Chapters competition, held Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. Forty state chapter FIT teams are competing for prizes, glory and the title of national ACC FIT Jeopardy Champion. Find out if you can Stump the Professor (#908) in an interactive review of cases.

Interested in interventional cardiology? Attend the Fellows Bootcamp on structural heart disease (#693) and coronary disease management (#709).

EC professionals should plan to join the Early Career Section Meeting and guest speakers Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC, and Ed Fry, MD, FACC, who'll speak about the importance of EC members in the College. Mark your calendars for March 28 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Early Career Lounge. Look for other networking and programming in the EC Lounge.

The pharmacology program covers timely topics such as Anticoagulation Conundrums in Mechanical Circulatory Support (#102), Tackling the Supersized Epidemic of Cardio-Diabetes (#727), and Cardio-Oncologic Lexicon and Pearls for the Cardiovascular Specialist (#106). Plan to attend the Cardio-Obstetrics Intensive, which exemplifies the complexity of today's medicine and its overlapping disciplines. Plus, get hands-on training in the Personalized Skills and Simulation Center.

Other hot topics include A Career in Academic Cardiology: Key Points to Success (#679), Treating Patients With STEMI: What They Didn't Teach You in Fellowship! (#601), The Upside of Error: Lessons Learned by Experts (#6504), Cardiovascular Update for the Clinician, with Valentin Fuster, PhD, MD, MACC, (#101-108), and the Best of JACC Journals & Eugene Braunwald Keynote (#413).

Explore the special Global Health Spoken Here sessions throughout the meeting. And be sure to make time for your own well-being now and over the course of your career – join the Art with Heart: Tales of Creativity in Cardiology session (#6507) on the Heart 2 Heart stage. Use the meeting app to search for sessions by practice focus.

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Lounge & Learn Pavilion

It's about community and learning! Connect and network with friends and colleagues in the FIT, Early Career, CV Team, Women in Cardiology, International, Cardiology Careers, Faculty and ACC Member Hub lounges located in the Lounge & Learn Pavilion, Hall B. Don't miss your chance to meet some of the biggest names in cardiology and learn what the College is doing in your career focus area. ACC domestic members can also visit the HeartPAC lounge and learn more about the College's U.S. advocacy efforts.

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Many of the lounges will feature mini-educational sessions, networking opportunities and career advancement opportunities. Watch live streamed sessions from the session rooms or participate in informal sessions in the various community lounges. Engage in self-paced learning in the Personalized Skills Center and Simulation Station, including Learn By Doing Immersive Simulation Experiences.

Join one of the Member Hub live demos for the online platform to keep the networking going. Demos will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. and from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30 from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. and from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Visit MemberHub.ACC.org to start connecting!

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Innovation at ACC.20/WCC: It's Who We Are

Innovation is the currency of the ACC and ACC.20/WCC. From the meeting design to providing a range of programming to understand how innovation in technology and care delivery could influence cardiovascular medicine.

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The Future Hub, an interactive education space, has been designed to inform and inspire attendees about the latest innovations, advancements in telehealth, developments in precision medicine, and more. Exhibitor demonstrations and kiosks will provide individualized hands-on opportunities with new products. It's all in Expo Hall, #1062.

The Third Annual Innovation Pitch Challenge, a partnership of ACC and AngelMD, will bring together entrepreneurs and innovators to compete in two categories. First up is cardiovascular disease prevention on Saturday, March 28, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m., followed by telehealth and virtual visits on Sunday, March 29, from 9:45 – 10.45 a.m. Follow both on Facebook Live and vote live using the ACC.20/WCC meeting app.

The Future Hub Theater will host sessions every day focusing on how emerging technologies are poised to transform cardiovascular practice, real-life examples of innovations in practice, and discussions of the implications of technology on the doctor-patient relationship. On Saturday, join the "CMO Chat: The Future of Health Innovation."

And don't miss a session with Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC, Amitava Banerjee, MA, MPH, Dphil, and others looking at whether we're ready to use technology to capture insights in clinical trials and health economics and outcomes research studies. Are you an entrepreneur, got an idea? Join the interactive "Ask the Innovator" session on Sunday, with expert innovators, including ACC's Chief Innovation Officer John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC, and Regina Druz, MD, FACC, chair of ACC's Health Care Innovation Section and Leadership Council and other section members.

Participate in the Knowledge and Networking structured conversations on trending topics in innovation in cardiology on Monday.

ACC.20/WCC's Expo is designed to keep the learning going. Interact with some 300 companies and organizations to learn about the latest advances in pharmaceuticals, imaging, devices, health IT and the services you need to provide high-quality care for your patients. More learning destinations can be found in the Industry-Expert Theaters, Innovation Stage and Interactive Learning Labs.

Back for the second year, the Vascular Innovation Shark Tank in the Engage Studio, co-chaired by Rumsfeld and Kenneth W. Mahaffey, MD, FACC, will have pitches on closing the gap in prevention and translating trials into practice. Join the discussion on Monday from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. in the Engage Studio, and find out who wins.

Gaming your best way to learn? Don't miss the Cardiology Contest in the Engage Studio, on Saturday from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m., and watch the competition between the teams of program directors, section chairs, and Board of Governors.

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ACC Section Highlights

What does it all mean for your patients and your practice? Join an ACC Section Highlights session on Monday, March 30 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. to bring together all the new science and information from ACC.20/WCC. Return home ready to put it all into practice. Find your session with the ACC.20/WCC app.

What Not to Miss

Intensive Focus on Cardio-Obstetrics

The number of women with preexisting cardiovascular conditions or cardiac risk factors who are becoming pregnant is significantly increasing, and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of maternal mortality in the U.S. Addressing this requires coordinated care between experts in obstetrics and cardiology to improve maternal and fetal outcomes.

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The increasing recognition of the relationship between adverse pregnancy outcomes and long-term cardiovascular disease makes this an opportune time to identify women at high risk of future heart disease, provide appropriate counseling and preventive care, and potentially improve long-term outcomes.

Kicking off the two interactive sessions in this Intensive is the Louis F. Bishop Keynote, Maternal Cardiovascular Mortality - Guidance From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, delivered by ACOG Immediate Past President Lisa Hollier, MD, MPH.

Chaired by Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC, and Kathryn Lindley, MD, FACC, the Intensive brings together experts from cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine and public health, with the goal of looking at how the cardiovascular community can partner with others in practice, in the research community and in health care policy to address the barriers to health.

Hear a patient share her story of her life-threatening experience as a new mother and hear from experts who have developed multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics programs at their own institutions. The Cardio-Obstetrics Intensive (#51, 52) is on Saturday, March 28, from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. and 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Telehealth: What Does it Mean For Practice Now?

The delivery of health care is moving beyond the office walls. Virtual visits, remote monitoring and more are changing the landscape, but how does it all fit with mainstream cardiac care?

Plan to attend these telehealth sessions to hear case studies and even see a live demonstration and to start finding answers for what it means for clinical practice. For more, search "Innovation" in the meeting app and the online planner.

And watch for the dates of the new Telemedicine and Electronic Consultation Course coming in October, chaired by course director Ami Bhatt, MD, FACC, and co-director David Winchester, MD, MS, FACC.

Saturday, March 28

  • The World of Wearables – Will This Technology Advance or Interrupt Health Care Delivery? (#626)
  • New Innovations in Cardiovascular Imaging: Incorporating Artificial Intelligence Into Daily Practice (#650)

Sunday, March 29

  • Up Close and Virtual: Impacting Cardiac Care With Telehealth (#680)

Monday, March 30

  • A Taste of Telemedicine: An Interactive Session With Live Demonstration (#6010)

Did You Know?

Finding sessions in your practice focus is just an easy search away in the ACC.20/WCC meeting app. Look for sessions in cardio-oncology, like Today's Standard of Practice (#706) and one on the lexicon and pearls for the cardiovascular specialist (#106). Sports Cardiology your game? Tee up Ask the Experts Sports Cardiology (#6009) and Return to Play: What Experts Would Do (#757).

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Mark Twain aptly described the city of Chicago, saying: "She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time."

Like Chicago, ACC's Annual Scientific Session is always evolving to make the most out of new technologies, educational formats, new science and more. No meeting is the same as the one before. This year is no exception.

ACC.20 by virtue of being held "together with the World Congress of Cardiology" elevates the global aspect of cardiovascular disease at a time when we are increasingly reminded that cardiovascular disease – or any disease for that matter – isn't limited by oceans or borders.

We are also living in a time when it is much easier for the global house of medicine to make meaningful change in ways it could not before.

"ACC.20/WCC offers a local stage for global discussions on topics that we must address as a profession if we hope to achieve the ACC's vision of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes," says meeting Chair Andrew M. Kates, MD, FACC.

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"It has truly been a privilege to work with dedicated leaders from the ACC and the World Heart Federation on a robust agenda that will drive discussion, foster collaboration, further innovation and help us continue on the path to truly transform cardiovascular care."

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Among the highlights: keynote addresses by global cardiovascular luminaries like Antonio Colombo, MD, FACC, noted interventional cardiologist from Italy; Egyptian-born Sir Magdi H. Yacoub, MB, BCH, FACC, who is credited with establishing heart transplantation in the UK and has been called the "Leonardo da Vinci of cardiac surgery"; and Judith Richter, PhD, founder of the NIR School of the Heart, which provides a "comprehensive experiential program aimed at enriching the academic, cultural, social and personal development of promising teenagers throughout the Middle East."

All three of these speakers have not only enriched cardiovascular care with their scientific contributions, but they have also made time to give back to their local communities in ways that are saving lives, building future leaders and moving us forward as a global profession.

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In addition to keynote lectures and discussions, innovation and technology will be woven throughout the meeting, whether in the Expo as part of the Future Hub and Engage Studio, or in the Poster Hall where an entire section will be dedicated to the topic.

According to meeting Vice Chair Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC, this year's Late-Breaking Clinical Trials highlight the breadth of new and ongoing research from across the field, ranging from pharmacogenetics to heart failure treatment.

"It's an exciting time and I hope attendees will be able to take home key strategies that can help move the needle and improve cardiovascular care wherever they live and work."

The following pages provide a snapshot of the many ways ACC.20/WCC will have something for everyone!

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Who is WHF?

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The ACC is proud to be partnering with the World Heart Federation (WHF) to present ACC.20 Together With the World Congress of Cardiology.

WHF is the principal representative body of the global cardiovascular community, bringing together 214 organizations from every region of the world.

It's also a leading voice in the work to achieve the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which sets out an ambitious target to reduce mortality from cardiovascular disease by one third by 2030.

We believe in a world where heart health for everyone is a fundamental human right and crucial element of social health justice. 
— WHF

Chicago Trivia

While these fun facts will likely not appear as part of the FIT Jeopardy Competition Finals on Sunday, March 29, they can be used to wow your colleagues, supplement your Twitter feed, or inform creative out-of-office messages explaining where you are March 28-30.

Home to Daniel Hale Williams, one of the first African American physicians in the city, and founder of Provident Hospital and Training School for Nurses (the first black-owned and operated nonsegregated hospital in the U.S.).

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The Twinkie was "invented" by Jimmy Dewar in Chicago in 1930.

You can see four states – Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan – from the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) Skydeck.

The first open-heart surgery was performed by Williams at Provident Hospital in 1893.

The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backwards.

The actual name of the popular "Bean" sculpture is Cloud Gate.

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Meet the Chairs

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Chair: Andrew M. Kates, MD, FACC

Day Job: Professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where he serves as Cardiology Fellowship Program Director.

Specialty Areas: General cardiology, heart disease prevention, cardiac amyloid.

Medical School and Residency: Tufts University, Boston, MA; Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Vice Chair: Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC

Day Job: Professor of Medicine, Director of Preventive Cardiology and the Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

Specialty Areas: Complex lipid management, preventive cardiology, imaging subclinical atherosclerosis.

Medical School and Residency: Duke University School of Medicine; Duke Medical Center.

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Chair: Andrew M. Kates, MD, FACC (Continued)

Little Known Fact: Knew he wanted to be a physician when he was five or six.

Best Part of ACC.20/WCC: "ACC.20/WCC will reflect the global focus and impact of the College," says Kates, who credits this year's partnership with the World Heart Federation for bringing even more opportunities for unique discussions on global cardiovascular issues like noncommunicable diseases, prevention, heart failure and more. From keynote addresses by global cardiovascular luminaries to the best new research from around the world, ACC.20/WCC will bring to life ACC's vision of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes.

Vice Chair: Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC (Continued)

Little Known Fact: Has been known to refer to herself as a "lipid geek."

Best Part of ACC.20/WCC: "The most exciting and distinguishing feature of ACC.20/WCC is the important emphasis on the issues of combatting global cardiovascular disease and promotion of cardiovascular health," says Morris. "Recognizing the challenges that professionals face around the world, the sessions have integrated perspectives from international experts, including both key thought-leaders from our many ACC International chapters and well-recognized faculty from the World Heart Federation. The sessions promise to stimulate important collaborative discussions among cardiovascular professionals from around the world."

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Balance and Reinvigoration

Work and life won't stop for the three days of ACC.20/WCC – even though the concept might sound nice. To that end, the College continues to build on the well-being resources provided to attendees during the meeting to make it more inclusive, inviting and effective.

Among the services: childcare will be offered throughout the meeting to allow parents time to present science, explore the Expo and network with colleagues. Also, look for an enhanced mothers' room and a Mamava pod. An Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room will also be available for those seeking a place for prayer and reflection.

New this year, the ACC.20/WCC Recharge+Renew Pavilion located next to ACC Central in the Expo will provide a quiet place to recharge devices or learn about the benefits of therapy dogs. Those up for a "challenge" can visit the pavilion to sign up for the ACC's CardioSmart Wellness Challenge. A leader board will keep track of the competition.

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ACC Convocation: Tradition, Achievement, Transitions

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CONVOCATION FACT #1: This is the ACC's 69th Annual Convocation. What year did you become a Fellow or Associate? Share your photo and year on Twitter and don't forget to tag #ACC20, #WCCardio and #CardiologyMag.

CONVOCATION FACT #2: The AACC designation was created in 2009 to recognize ACC CV Team professionals who have dedicated themselves to providing the highest-level of cardiovascular care. Learn more about AACC membership at ACC.org/Membership.

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CONVOCATION FACT #3: Every year the ACC Secretary and BOG Chair calls Convocation to order with the placing of the official ACC Mace. Akshay Khandelwal, MD, FACC, has this year's honors.

CONVOCATION FACT #4: Each year Convocation recognizes Distinguished Award Winners and Masters of ACC recipients. These individuals epitomize ACC's Core Values (patient-centered, teamwork and collaboration, professionalism and excellence).

CONVOCATION FACT #5: For nearly 40 years, the ACC/Merck Research Fellowship Awards have supported ACC Fellows in Training who are seeking to launch careers in cardiovascular research. The ACC is excited to honor this year's award winners during Convocation.

CONVOCATION FACT #6: ACC's President Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, will pass the official Presidential Chain to Athena Poppas, MD, FACC. Poppas, who lives and works in Rhode Island, will be the fourth female president of the College.

Convocation will take place on Monday, March 30 at 4 pm! Plan to attend and share in the celebration.

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Global Health Heard Here

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Make time for programming designed by the World Heart Federation to create conversations among global peers to share experiences and strategies and learn from a diverse group of experts to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease. Join a session in the Global Health Café in the Lounge & Learn Pavilion, Hall B, or a Meet and Share Forum.

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Plan to attend a discussion led by the WHF on their Roadmap on Heart Failure on the Heart 2 Heart Stage, on Saturday, March 28, from 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. The WHF has developed a series of roadmaps intended to inform health systems approaches to cardiovascular disease by prioritizing practical, proven and cost effective action to help serve the goal of reducing the mortality from cardiovascular diseases.

Search the meeting app for "WHF Special" for all the sessions in that track.

Global Health Café

  • Educating the Health Care Workforce: New Tools in the Fight Against NCDs
    March 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Women's Circulatory Health: A Global Perspective
    March 28, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Taking Action on Air Pollution: Healthy Environments For Healthy Hearts
    March 29, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Breaking the Silence on Chagas Disease
    March 29, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tobacco Control on the CVD Agenda: Keeping Up the Fight
    March 30, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Meet and Share Forum

  • Engaging With Your Audience Online (#5501)
    March 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Creating the Perfect Campaign Video (#5502)
    March 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • World Heart Federation Campaign Awards 2020
    March 28, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Creating Real Impact With Your Public Event (#5504)
    March 29, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Talking About CVD Risk Factors With the Public (#5505)
    March 29, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Sessions

See and hear first-hand the latest practice-changing scientific breakthroughs at ACC.20/WCC with these five Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Sessions (LBCT). The VICTORIA Trial kicks it off on Saturday, immediately following the Opening Showcase Session.

Don't miss the 15 Featured Clinical Research (FCR) presentations in three sessions – including results from the ACC 2019 Well-being Study (#20546) on Saturday. Join the Deep Dive Sessions where the experts break down the hottest trials and what it means for your patients.

Saturday, March 28

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Joint ACC/JACC LBCT
Session 402
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

  • VICTORIA: Vericiguat Global Study in Subjects With Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction
  • Voyager PAD: Randomized Trial of Rivaroxaban For Prevention of Cardiovascular and Limb Events After Lower Extremity Revascularization
  • Tailor PCI Trial: Clinical Implementation of Clopidogrel Pharmacogenetics

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Sunday, March 29

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Joint ACC/New England Journal of Medicine LBCT
Session 405
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

POPular TAVI Trial - Cohort B: Antithrombotic Therapy After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation in Patients With a Long-term Indication For Oral Anticoagulation

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients With Severe Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis at Low Predicted Risk of Mortality
  • A Composite Metric For Benchmarking Site Performance in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Results From the STS/ACC TVT Registry
  • UK TAVI: United Kingdom Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Trial
  • Partner 3 Low-risk Randomized Trial: Two-year Clinical and Echocardiographic Outcomes

Late-Breaking Clinical Trials
Session 406
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Caravaggio Study: Apixaban For the Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism Associated With Cancer
  • Rivaroxaban Vs. Enoxaparin in Nonmajor Orthopedic Surgery
  • Voyager-PAD (Key Subgroup Analysis): Benefit and Risk of Rivaroxaban Plus Aspirin in Patients With PAD After Lower Extremity Revascularization (LER) With and Without Concomitant Clopidogrel
  • Spyral HTN-off Med Pivotal Trial: Catheter-based Renal Denervation in the Absence of Antihypertensive Medications
  • Randomized Clinical Trial of Pre-hospital Sodium Nitrite In Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest Patients

Deep Dive I
Session 407
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

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Monday, March 30

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Late-Breaking Clinical Trials
Session 410
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

  • Ticagrelor With or Without Aspirin in Acute Coronary Syndrome After PCI: Randomized Evaluation of Ticagrelor Monotherapy After 3-month Dual-antiplatelet
  • TWILIGHT-COMPLEX Substudy: Safety and Efficacy of Ticagrelor Monotherapy After Complex PCI
  • Radial Artery Vs. Saphenous Vein For Coronary Bypass Surgery at Long Term Follow-up
  • Ten-year Outcomes After Drug-eluting Stents Vs. Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting For Left Main Coronary Disease
  • Ticagrelor With and Without Aspirin in High-Risk Patients With Diabetes Mellitus Undergoing PCI: Insights From the TWILIGHT Trial

Joint ACC/JAMA LBCT
Session 411
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of E-Cigarettes For Smoking Cessation
  • ODYSSEY HoFH: Alirocumab Efficacy and Safety in Adults With Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia
  • Evinacumab Significantly Reduces LDL-C in Patients With Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia
  • Eicosapentaenoic Acid Levels in REDUCE-IT and Cardiovascular Outcomes
  • Natural History of Symptoms and Stress Echo Findings in Patients With Moderate or Severe Ischemia and No Obstructive CAD (INOCA): The NHLBI-funded CIAO Ancillary Study to the ISCHEMIA Trial

Deep Dive II
Session 414
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

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ACC.20/WCC Anywhere Brings It to You LIVE!

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Can't make it to Chicago for ACC.20/WCC? Join your colleagues virtually with ACC.20/WCC Anywhere. Tune in LIVE to the hottest sessions from the meeting and share your thoughts and ideas in real time with other Anywhere attendees.

ACC.20/WCC Anywhere gives you access to three full days of live streaming across four channels – Hot Topics, Guidelines, Intra-professional Education and Global Health – 50 sessions total. Plus, watch on demand from your own home or office and get the flexibility to learn about the latest guidelines and clinical trials on your own time and revisit any of the 50 sessions at any time for up to 30 days!

Find it all at ACCAnywhere.acc.org.

Heart2Heart Stage

Make time for the interactive and casual Heart 2 Heart stage sessions on timely topics affecting clinicians and practice – all in the Lounge & Learn Pavilion in Hall B.

Saturday, March 28

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  • How to Navigate ACC.20/WCC: An Inside Look at this Year's Program
    10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Tee-off to Personality Self-Assessment
    11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • WHF: Heart Failure Roadmap
    1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
  • The Upside of Error: Lessons Learned by Experts
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • The Many Sides of Social Media
    4:15 – 4:45 p.m.

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Sunday, March 29

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  • Catch Them Before They Fall: Syncope Guidelines in Action
    7:00 – 7:30 a.m.
  • Making the Most of ACC.org: Your Digital Home For Continuous Improvement and Lifelong Learning
    9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Art With Heart: Tales of Creativity in Cardiology
    12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • MOC Assessment Options: Which One is For You?
    1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Unconscious Bias: The Subtle Enemy of Equality
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Value-based Care
    4:45 – 6:00 p.m.

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Monday, March 30

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  • JACC: Case Reports Clinical Cases Put Guidelines Into Perspective
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • ACC Strategic Global Initiative
    12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

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Join these Diversity & Inclusion Sessions at ACC.20/WCC

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Friday, March 27

  • ACC.20 Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall
    4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
    Marriot Marquis (Chicago)
    Architecture Room

Saturday, March 28

  • From Seed to Sapling: Cultivating the Female Cardiologist From High School Through Residency: Panel Discussion With Meghan York, MD, FACC; Suzanne Feigofsky, MD, FACC; Gladys Palacio Velarde, MD, FACC
    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    ACC.20 WIC Lounge

Sunday, March 29

  • WIC Lunchtime Symposium: #Sheroes: Captain Marvels, Wonder Women, SpiderWomen, Purls, & Men Who Save Lives Beside Them as Women in Cardiology
    12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
    Grand Ballroom S100A
  • Launching a Career in Clinical Trial Research Panel Discussion with Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC; Tracy Wang, MD, MHS, MSc, FACC; and Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    ACC.20 WIC Lounge
  • Unconscious Bias: The Subtle Enemy of Equality
    3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    Heart 2 Heart Stage

Monday, March 30

  • 69th Annual Convocation Ceremony
    Recognize Distinguished Award Winners, including Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, recipient of the first Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion, and welcome the new "Faces of Cardiology" to the College at the reception immediately after the ceremony.
    4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Main Tent

Learn From the Legends: ACC.20/WCC Keynotes

Leave ACC.20/WCC inspired by leaders in the field from around the world. The Keynotes featured throughout ACC.20/WCC have been selected for their outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine.

2020 Maseri-Florio Keynote: Judith Richter, PhD
Opening Hearts
Saturday, March 28, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Louis F. Bishop Keynote: Lisa Marie Hollier, MD, MPH
Maternal Cardiovascular Mortality — Guidance From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Saturday, March 28, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

2020 Simon Dack Keynote: Antonio Colombo, MD, FACC
My Lifetime Journey in Interventional Cardiology and Future Perspectives
Saturday, March 28, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

2020 Dan G. McNamara Keynote: Kathy J. Jenkins, MD, MPH, FACC
My Journey: The Evolution of Quality in Congenital Heart Disease
Sunday, March 29, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

2020 James T. Dove Keynote: Sir Magdi H. Yacoub, MB, BCH, FACC
Global Perspective of Quality of Care
Sunday, March 29, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Douglas P. Zipes, MD, MACC, Distinguished Young Scientist Awardee Keynote: Carlo R. Bartoli, MD, PhD
LVAD Hemocompatibility: The Human-Machine Interface
Monday, March 30, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

2020 Eugene Braunwald Keynote: Sekar Kathiresan, MD
From Reading the Genome For Risk to Rewriting It For Heart Attack Protection: A Personal Journey From Viramathi to Verve
Monday, March 30, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Something for Everyone

CV Team Members

ACC has long recognized the value of all members of the cardiovascular (CV) team and active participation by CV Team members in planning, developing and presenting at ACC.20/WCC creates a truly interdisciplinary experience.

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Every member of the CV Team – whether a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, clinical pharmacist, cardiac rehabilitation specialist or other specialist nonphysician providers – will find programming designed just for you. Expand your knowledge, learn about cutting-edge cardiovascular care and research advances, and network and collaborate with peers.

Engage with primary authors of ground-breaking trials, debate controversial issues with experts in the field and network with colleagues from around the world. Join the CV Team Section Meeting, Networking and Reception Event in the CV Team Lounge.

Look for the pharmacology sessions (#102, #104, #106) and the Global Health Spoken Here sessions featuring global experts on global issues. Plus, get hands-on training in the Personalized Skills and Simulation Center and improve your basic knowledge with new Core Knowledge in Action sessions.

Other don't miss sessions include Up Close and Virtual: Impacting Cardiac Care with Telehealth (#680), Did I Do That? No, Did WE Do That?? Complex Structural Cases for the Heart Team (#677), Precision Medicine (#698), Practical Pearls and Wisdom from the Masters - A Case-Based Discussion on the Management of Hypertension (#737), Ask the Experts: CardioOncology (#6006), and Cardiac Rehab: Move to Improve! (#715). Use the meeting app to search for sessions by practice focus.

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International Members

There are no borders to cardiovascular disease and never has the knowledge sharing between global colleagues been more important as we all work to reduce its impact and meet the goals of reducing cardiovascular disease mortality by a third by 2030.

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ACC's international members are an integral thread in all its work and within ACC.20/WCC. This is your opportunity to get the latest science, innovation and practice-changing updates in care, with a special focus on health advocacy. ACC.20/WCC combines a scientific and educational focus while integrating global perspectives.

Search the meeting app for the Global Health Spoken Here sessions and the WHF Special track. Plan to attend Keynotes given by international experts Sir Magdi H. Yacoub, MB, BCH, FACC; Antonio Colombo, MD, FACC; Carlo R. Bartoli, MD, PhD, and Judith Richter, PhD, who'll deliver the Maseri-Florio Keynote during Saturday's Opening Showcase.

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FIT and Early Career Professional Members

As a Fellow in Training (FIT) or Early Career (EC) professional, at ACC.20/WCC you'll find the tools and education you need to address the evolving scenarios in cardiovascular medicine and navigating the complexities of today's health care landscape and achieving professional success.

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In three days, in one place, ACC.20/WCC opens a door to the whole of cardiovascular medicine. Dig into one or more of the 11 Learning Pathways and the Core Knowledge in Action sessions and stay current with the medical advances and research. Network with colleagues, find mentors and even training positions and jobs, and gain insights into the nonclinical side of your work world.

Don't miss the FIT Forum: Mix and Mingle (#415) on Saturday, March 28, a special informal, opportunity for FITs to network with cardiology leaders from many different subspecialties and foster discussions on different aspects of cardiology that help guide choosing the right career path.

Join your peers and cheer on your state chapter for the fifth annual FIT Jeopardy: Battle of the State Chapters competition, held Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. Forty state chapter FIT teams are competing for prizes, glory and the title of national ACC FIT Jeopardy Champion. Find out if you can Stump the Professor (#908) in an interactive review of cases.

Interested in interventional cardiology? Attend the Fellows Bootcamp on structural heart disease (#693) and coronary disease management (#709).

EC professionals should plan to join the Early Career Section Meeting and guest speakers Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC, and Ed Fry, MD, FACC, who'll speak about the importance of EC members in the College. Mark your calendars for March 28 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Early Career Lounge. Look for other networking and programming in the EC Lounge.

The pharmacology program covers timely topics such as Anticoagulation Conundrums in Mechanical Circulatory Support (#102), Tackling the Supersized Epidemic of Cardio-Diabetes (#727), and Cardio-Oncologic Lexicon and Pearls for the Cardiovascular Specialist (#106). Plan to attend the Cardio-Obstetrics Intensive, which exemplifies the complexity of today's medicine and its overlapping disciplines. Plus, get hands-on training in the Personalized Skills and Simulation Center.

Other hot topics include A Career in Academic Cardiology: Key Points to Success (#679), Treating Patients With STEMI: What They Didn't Teach You in Fellowship! (#601), The Upside of Error: Lessons Learned by Experts (#6504), Cardiovascular Update for the Clinician, with Valentin Fuster, PhD, MD, MACC, (#101-108), and the Best of JACC Journals & Eugene Braunwald Keynote (#413).

Explore the special Global Health Spoken Here sessions throughout the meeting. And be sure to make time for your own well-being now and over the course of your career – join the Art with Heart: Tales of Creativity in Cardiology session (#6507) on the Heart 2 Heart stage. Use the meeting app to search for sessions by practice focus.

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Lounge & Learn Pavilion

It's about community and learning! Connect and network with friends and colleagues in the FIT, Early Career, CV Team, Women in Cardiology, International, Cardiology Careers, Faculty and ACC Member Hub lounges located in the Lounge & Learn Pavilion, Hall B. Don't miss your chance to meet some of the biggest names in cardiology and learn what the College is doing in your career focus area. ACC domestic members can also visit the HeartPAC lounge and learn more about the College's U.S. advocacy efforts.

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Many of the lounges will feature mini-educational sessions, networking opportunities and career advancement opportunities. Watch live streamed sessions from the session rooms or participate in informal sessions in the various community lounges. Engage in self-paced learning in the Personalized Skills Center and Simulation Station, including Learn By Doing Immersive Simulation Experiences.

Join one of the Member Hub live demos for the online platform to keep the networking going. Demos will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. and from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30 from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. and from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Visit MemberHub.ACC.org to start connecting!

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Innovation at ACC.20/WCC: It's Who We Are

Innovation is the currency of the ACC and ACC.20/WCC. From the meeting design to providing a range of programming to understand how innovation in technology and care delivery could influence cardiovascular medicine.

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The Future Hub, an interactive education space, has been designed to inform and inspire attendees about the latest innovations, advancements in telehealth, developments in precision medicine, and more. Exhibitor demonstrations and kiosks will provide individualized hands-on opportunities with new products. It's all in Expo Hall, #1062.

The Third Annual Innovation Pitch Challenge, a partnership of ACC and AngelMD, will bring together entrepreneurs and innovators to compete in two categories. First up is cardiovascular disease prevention on Saturday, March 28, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m., followed by telehealth and virtual visits on Sunday, March 29, from 9:45 – 10.45 a.m. Follow both on Facebook Live and vote live using the ACC.20/WCC meeting app.

The Future Hub Theater will host sessions every day focusing on how emerging technologies are poised to transform cardiovascular practice, real-life examples of innovations in practice, and discussions of the implications of technology on the doctor-patient relationship. On Saturday, join the "CMO Chat: The Future of Health Innovation."

And don't miss a session with Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC, Amitava Banerjee, MA, MPH, Dphil, and others looking at whether we're ready to use technology to capture insights in clinical trials and health economics and outcomes research studies. Are you an entrepreneur, got an idea? Join the interactive "Ask the Innovator" session on Sunday, with expert innovators, including ACC's Chief Innovation Officer John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC, and Regina Druz, MD, FACC, chair of ACC's Health Care Innovation Section and Leadership Council and other section members.

Participate in the Knowledge and Networking structured conversations on trending topics in innovation in cardiology on Monday.

ACC.20/WCC's Expo is designed to keep the learning going. Interact with some 300 companies and organizations to learn about the latest advances in pharmaceuticals, imaging, devices, health IT and the services you need to provide high-quality care for your patients. More learning destinations can be found in the Industry-Expert Theaters, Innovation Stage and Interactive Learning Labs.

Back for the second year, the Vascular Innovation Shark Tank in the Engage Studio, co-chaired by Rumsfeld and Kenneth W. Mahaffey, MD, FACC, will have pitches on closing the gap in prevention and translating trials into practice. Join the discussion on Monday from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. in the Engage Studio, and find out who wins.

Gaming your best way to learn? Don't miss the Cardiology Contest in the Engage Studio, on Saturday from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m., and watch the competition between the teams of program directors, section chairs, and Board of Governors.

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ACC Section Highlights

What does it all mean for your patients and your practice? Join an ACC Section Highlights session on Monday, March 30 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. to bring together all the new science and information from ACC.20/WCC. Return home ready to put it all into practice. Find your session with the ACC.20/WCC app.

What Not to Miss

Intensive Focus on Cardio-Obstetrics

The number of women with preexisting cardiovascular conditions or cardiac risk factors who are becoming pregnant is significantly increasing, and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of maternal mortality in the U.S. Addressing this requires coordinated care between experts in obstetrics and cardiology to improve maternal and fetal outcomes.

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The increasing recognition of the relationship between adverse pregnancy outcomes and long-term cardiovascular disease makes this an opportune time to identify women at high risk of future heart disease, provide appropriate counseling and preventive care, and potentially improve long-term outcomes.

Kicking off the two interactive sessions in this Intensive is the Louis F. Bishop Keynote, Maternal Cardiovascular Mortality - Guidance From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, delivered by ACOG Immediate Past President Lisa Hollier, MD, MPH.

Chaired by Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC, and Kathryn Lindley, MD, FACC, the Intensive brings together experts from cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine and public health, with the goal of looking at how the cardiovascular community can partner with others in practice, in the research community and in health care policy to address the barriers to health.

Hear a patient share her story of her life-threatening experience as a new mother and hear from experts who have developed multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics programs at their own institutions. The Cardio-Obstetrics Intensive (#51, 52) is on Saturday, March 28, from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. and 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Telehealth: What Does it Mean For Practice Now?

The delivery of health care is moving beyond the office walls. Virtual visits, remote monitoring and more are changing the landscape, but how does it all fit with mainstream cardiac care?

Plan to attend these telehealth sessions to hear case studies and even see a live demonstration and to start finding answers for what it means for clinical practice. For more, search "Innovation" in the meeting app and the online planner.

And watch for the dates of the new Telemedicine and Electronic Consultation Course coming in October, chaired by course director Ami Bhatt, MD, FACC, and co-director David Winchester, MD, MS, FACC.

Saturday, March 28

  • The World of Wearables – Will This Technology Advance or Interrupt Health Care Delivery? (#626)
  • New Innovations in Cardiovascular Imaging: Incorporating Artificial Intelligence Into Daily Practice (#650)

Sunday, March 29

  • Up Close and Virtual: Impacting Cardiac Care With Telehealth (#680)

Monday, March 30

  • A Taste of Telemedicine: An Interactive Session With Live Demonstration (#6010)

Did You Know?

Finding sessions in your practice focus is just an easy search away in the ACC.20/WCC meeting app. Look for sessions in cardio-oncology, like Today's Standard of Practice (#706) and one on the lexicon and pearls for the cardiovascular specialist (#106). Sports Cardiology your game? Tee up Ask the Experts Sports Cardiology (#6009) and Return to Play: What Experts Would Do (#757).

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