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Date: October 19-20, 2012
Course Director(s): Richard J. Kovacs, MD, F.A.C.C. (Disclosure),
Christine E. Lawless, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Disclosure)
Location: Heart House
Washington, D.C.
Learning Pathways: Prevention

Product Information:
Sports Cardiology Summit: Protecting the Heart of the American Athlete
List Price: $610.00
Member Price: $550.00
Your Price: $610.00

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Over 50 percent of sudden cardiac death in athletes is attributable to cardiovascular disease (CVD). The need for healthcare specialists to develop a practical approach to identifying CVD in athletes is essential to avoid tragedies such as a heart attack on the field or court. 

To address the challenges that professionals face when evaluating the health of athlete patients, the American College of Cardiology Foundation offers the Sports Cardiology Summit 2012: Protecting the Heart of the American Athlete. Experts in the field of sports cardiology and sports medicine will discuss, debate and present relevant case studies and up-to-date findings on cardiovascular care for athletes. This day-and-a-half, interactive course covers topics such as the epidemiology of sudden death, cardiac diagnostics, sports electrophysiology and exercise prescription.

The overall goal of this course is to enhance knowledge and ultimately improve competency in the practice of cardiovascular care for athletes.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to —

  • Define opportunities for cardiac care teams to enhance the cardiovascular care of athletes of all ages
  • Identify best practices for the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac death episodes in young athletes
  • Assist in screening programs that identify at-risk athletes and  provide safe participation recommendations
  • Interpret cardiac tests in athletes and correctly differentiate between normal athletic adaptations and cardiac pathology
  • Prescribe an appropriate exercise regimen for active individuals with heart disease
  • Work collaboratively with sports organizations and team physicians
  • Identify opportunities for research in sports and exercise cardiology


This course is intended for cardiovascular specialists, sports medicine physicians, cardiovascular care associates internists, family physicians and other healthcare professionals with an interest in sports cardiology and sports medicine.


Course Directors

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

Christine E. Lawless, MD, FACC
Sports Cardiology Consultants, LLC

Invited Faculty
Chad Asplund, MD
Director, Military Sports Medicine
Eisenhower Army Medical Center
Fort Gordon, Ga.

Aaron L. Baggish, MD
Associate Director
Cardiovascular Performance Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, MACC
Professor Emeritus, Medicine
Temple University School of Medicine

Mary Jo Gordon
Executive Director
Cardiac Arrhythmias Research and Education Foundation, Inc. (CARE)
Seymour Wis.

Benjamin D. Levine, MD, FACC
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Mark S. Link, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Tufts University

Edmund Ludwig and Lisa Nelson Ludwig
Michael H. Ludwig Memorial Foundation
Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Matthew W. Martinez, MD, FACC
Director, Cardiac Imaging
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, Pa.

Brian Olshansky, MD, FACC
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, Iowa

William O. Roberts, MD, MS
University of Minnesota
St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency
St. Paul, Minn.

Paul D. Thompson, MD, FACC
Director, Athlete’s Heart Center
Hartford Hospital
Hartford, Conn.

Victoria L. Vetter, MD, MPH, FACC
Professor of Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Our experienced faculty have worked extensively with athletes and sports organizations including:
Augusta State University
Big Ten Conference
Boston Marathon
National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Football League Draft Scouting Combine
National Football League Cardiovascular Subcommittee
Major League Soccer
Twin Cities Marathon
United States Olympic Committee
United States Figure Skating


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 with manufacturers of commercial products/services. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through a process that includes course directors and appropriate peer review by education committee chairs/members, for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, 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.

Sports Cardiology Faculty Disclosures


Learner Bill of Rights


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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 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
CME (Accepted for Physician Assistants)
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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.

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11 continuing education hours. Requirements for successful completion are attendance in a session in its entirety and completing the evaluation tool.

While offering credits noted above, the course is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field. 


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All sessions will be held at the Heart House, 2400 N. Street, NW, Washington D.C. The meeting site telephone number is 800-253-4636.

To reserve your room at The Park Hyatt Washington, D.C., please call 877-875-4658 or 202-789-1234. Identify yourself as a participant in the American College of Cardiology Foundation course – Sports Cardiology Summit.

Room Rates
The room rate is $259 plus 14.5 percent state and local taxes (subject to change) per night. The ACCF room block is scheduled to be held until September 19, 2012, but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible. When you make your reservation, please be sure to ask about early departure fees or cancellation penalties.


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

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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.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration tuition in full but is not responsible for any travel or hotel costs you may incur.

ACCF reserves the right to cancel course in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is canceled or postponed, ACCF 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.

Please Note
Smoking is prohibited in all ACCF meeting rooms.

Videotaping, audiotaping and still photography are prohibited in all ACCF 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 ACCF 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 ACCF.


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