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Gilead: Advancing Therapeutics. Improving Lives. 

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01/11/2014 - 01/15/2014   iCal
Course Director(s):
Carole A. Warnes, MD, FACC
The Westin Snowmass Resort, Snowmass, Colo.
Learning Pathways:

Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass:
Incorporating Recent CVD Updates into Your Practice

Keeping abreast of cutting-edge interventions and therapies for cardiovascular disease has become increasingly difficult. The 45th Annual Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass is designed to help cardiovascular health care providers overcome this knowledge overload by having experts in the field synthesize new data and guidelines and provide practical, vetted recommendations that can be applied to patient care.

Join us in Snowmass to improve your skills and enhance patient care as we explore a wide range of topics, including:

  • Stable and acute coronary syndromes
  • Valvular heart disease and TAVR
  • Primary and secondary prevention
  • Rhythm disorders
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Congenital heart disease

Interact with expert faculty during clinical case presentations and workshops that focus on patient scenarios you will encounter in daily practice.

Also, to assist you in meeting the new Maintenance of Certification (MOC) changes, we are offering opportunities to earn MOC, as well as limited-time, free access to Heart Songs 3 during the course.

Heart Songs 3

Look at and listen to high-quality heart sounds to improve your cardiac auscultation skills.

Use this opportunity to master basic, intermediate and complex heart sounds by participating in this 30 minute self-paced session designed specifically to help you learn in the same way that your brain processes auditory information. The Heart Songs Program is based on psychoacoustic research that shows intensive repetition (400 to 600 times) to be key to producing significant improvement in cardiac auscultation skills in a relatively short time. Once you master each new sound, it will be reinforced every time you hear it in a patient.

Visit our dedicated booth at the Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass.

Learner Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to increase learners’ competency in their ability to incorporate CVD updates from the last two years into their practice.

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

  • Evaluate the appropriateness of therapies for stable ischemic heart disease, using evidence-based studies and current guidelines
  • Develop strategies for systems of care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and STEMI
  • Employ appropriate diagnostic non-invasive imaging techniques in coronary artery syndromes, congestive heart failure and valvular heart disease
  • Identify the therapeutic options for patients with advanced heart disease
  • Evaluate strategies for managing patients with atrial and ventricular arrhythmias to include selection of electrophysiologic devices and anticoagulation pharmacological therapies
  • Apply current evidence for the assessment and management of aortic stenosis in elderly patients

This course is intended for cardiovascular specialists. Primary care physicians, Fellows in Training, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurses in cardiology and other medical professionals interested in general cardiology management will also find this course of value.

Course Director

Carole A. Warnes, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, Minn.

Planning Committee

Bernard J. Gersh, MB, ChB, DPhil, MACC
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, Minn.

David R. Holmes Jr., MD, MACC
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.

Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, Minn.

Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director of Clinical Cardiology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Invited Faculty

Karen P. Alexander, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine/Cardiology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, N.C.

Samuel J. Asirvatham, MBBS, FACC
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, Minn.

Megan Coylewright, MD, MPH
Instructor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.

Spencer B. King III, MD, MACC
Professor of Medicine Emeritus
Emery University School of Medicine

Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC
Medical Director
Baylor Health Care System
Plano, Texas

Kristen K. Patton, MD, FACC
Associate Professor
University of Washington

Clive Rosendorff, MD, PhD, FACC
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
James J. Peters VA Medical Center
New York

John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, FACC
National Director of Cardiology
Veterns Health Administration

Vinod H. Thourani, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Co-director, Structural Heart and Valve Center
Associate Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine

Robert A. Vogel, MD, FACC
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado

Clyde W. Yancy, MD, FACC
Magerstadt Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University, Feinberg
School of Medicine
Evanston, Ill.


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.

Snowmass Conference Faculty Disclosures

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The registration tuition includes continental breakfasts, lunches, a welcome reception 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.

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.

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

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 23 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.


Learner Bill of Rights

You spoke. We Heard. Exciting new changes in 2014!
Please note for travel arrangements, the course will begin on Saturday, January 11th at 3:30 p.m. and conclude on Wednesday, January 15th at 10:00 a.m.


The meeting will be held at the Westin Snowmass Resort, 100 Elbert Lane, Snowmass Village, Colorado. The meeting site telephone number is 970-923-8200.

Experience Snowmass

The Snowmass/Aspen area is known around the world for its great skiing. With over 4,800 acres of adventure and beauty, the family-friendly slopes of Snowmass feature a terrain that can suit any level of skier.

Need a break from skiing? Snowmass/Aspen has an endless array of other activities to experience. There is something for everyone!

Visit www.snowmasstourism.com for more information about these and other activities:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog Sled Tours
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Art Gallery Visits
  • Shopping and Dining
  • Spa Services

Deep discounts on ski lift tickets and equipment for you and your guests are available.

Discounted Ski Lift Tickets: One lift ticket gets you the Power of Four mountains with quadruple peaks – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.

As an attendee of this course, special deep discounts are available until December 23rd. After December 23rd, while discounts exist, there will be an additional processing fee of $50 per order assessed.

Trail maps: http://www.snowmassvillage.com/play/mountain/trail_maps.html#sthash

Click to save on your ski lift ticket(s): Ski Lift Discount Form

Discounts on Equipment Rental

Snowmass Sports is offering special discounts to ACC attendees that are competitive with other shops in town. A family owned business with over 85 years of combined experience offering all of the latest equipment and apparel, outstanding customer service, competitive prices, and carefully maintained gear. Their knowledgeable staff strives to make sure customers are well fitted and confident in their equipment. Additionally:

  • Snowmass Sports is just steps away from the slope and the Westin elevators
  • Conference attendees staying at the Wildwood or Westin have a ski valet service adjacent to the shop.  Attendees staying at any of the other properties in Snowmass are welcome to use their complimentary ski rental storage. 

To take advantage of these discounts, go to:

Username: AmericanCardio
Password: jansnow14

For assistance of information contact Snowmass Sports at 800-950-3567.

Mountain Advantage Card

Each person purchasing a group lift ticket will receive a Mountain Advantage Card.

The Aspen/Snowmass Mountain Advantage Card provides exclusive savings for groups. The Mountain Advantage Card entitles group participants up to 30% off rental equipment, 20% off Aspen/Snowmass tuning and repairs and logo wear and 10% off accessories at Four-mountain Sports and D&E Snowboard Shop; 10% off food purchases at participating on-mountain restaurants; 10-30% off select programs with Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen and one FREE trial run on a NASTAR course.


The Westin Snowmass Resort offers the best of both worlds - convenient access to mountain recreation with ski- in/ski-out access and all the cultural amenities of the Aspen/Snowmass area. Additionally, the newly renovated resort features a 3-meal restaurant with ski-in/ski-out access, Lobby Westin Wine Bar, spa, Kids Club, WestinWORKOUT Fitness Center, full service Ski Concierge and much more.

The Wildwood Snowmass, formerly the Wildwood Lodge, is adjacent to the Conference Center on the Snowmass Mall, just steps from the ski slopes. This fully renovated boutique hotel offers a hip new lodging experience with exciting new dining and recreation options. The rooms will still be accessed from newly renovated exterior corridors. Although room service is not available at the Wildwood Snowmass, breakfast will be available and there will be a New Belgium Brewery pub also in the hotel. Additionally, guests from the Wildwood Snowmass can store their skis and take advantage of the spa and restaurant at the Westin.

Reservations for both the Westin Snowmass Resort and the Wildwood Snowmass can be made online or by telephone:

The ACCF room block is scheduled to be held until December 3, 2013, 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 making your reservation, please be sure to ask about deposits and cancellation policies.


A variety of accommodations are available at a number of condominiums and hotels. Please contact the hotel directly to make your arrangements. Be sure to identify yourself as an attendee of the ACC’s 45th Annual Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass.



Please note:

  • Amenities, deposits, minimum stays and cancellation policies vary betweenproperties. Additionally, condos are individually owned and therefore can vary in décor, bedding and number of bathrooms. Please be sure to review these with the lodging’s reservation’s department.
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended and may be purchased from the hotels at time of booking.
  • Rates do not include tax.
  • A shuttle service to/from the Snowmass Conference Center is provided by some of the properties.
  • Parking: Unless otherwise noted, parking is not provided on the property but is available nearby for a fee

Condominium units are individually owned and as such, managed by the company the owner has chosen.



  • Starting at $225 + tax per night
  • Studio through three bedroom condominiums

Less than 100 yards from the ski slopes, the Aspenwood Studio through Three Bedroom condominiums are centrally located, just a short walk to the Conference Center and Snowmass Village Mall. A recent renovation gives the Aspenwood a fresh modern alpine exterior, additional square footage in all units, a new pool, two new hot tubs and Fitness Room, and onsite laundry facilities. All units have fully equipped kitchens, gas fireplaces and complimentary high-speed wireless internet. Guests will receive complimentary airport transfers to and from Aspen Airport.

http://www.snowmasshospitality.com/accom modations/aspenwood.aspx

Reservations online: Click here


  • Starting at $530 + tax per night
  • One, two and three bedroom condominiums 

These beautifully appointed, luxury ski-in, ski-out condominiums are located in the heart of the Base Village! Just steps from the Village Express Lift, Elk Camp Gondola, Cabriolet and new dining and shopping venues, guests will enjoy all that Snowmass has to offer. The property includes 3 hot tubs, Game Room/Lounge area and Fitness Facility. Guests of Capitol Peak and Hayden Lodge will receive complimentary access to the Snowmass Club & Spa, including: 19,000 square foot Fitness Center, heated saline pools, spa treatments, indoor tennis, dinning venues and more. Units boast gas fireplaces, balconies, full kitchens, flat screen TVs, washer/dryers and complimentary wireless internet service. The cabriolet just outside provides guests with seamless access to the Conference Center.

Additional Property Features/Amenities include:

  • 25,000 square foot Treehouse Kid’s Adventure Center and ski school are just a snowball’s throw away
  • Complimentary heated underground parking for guests

Information: http://www.snowmasshospitality.com/accommoda tions/capitol-peak-lodge.aspx

Reservations online: Click here


  • Starting at $380 + tax per night
  • Two and Three Bedroom Condominiums

Located on the ski slopes and a few steps from the conference center, this property offers two and three bedrooms – each with its own bath - premium units. Each unit has fully equipped kitchens, wood-burning fireplace, balcony or patio with barbeque grill, washer and dryer.

  • Amenities: laundry facilities, complimentary firewood, welcome amenity, complimentary Village shuttle service, daily housekeeping services
  • Complimentary wireless internet access
  • Complimentary covered carport parking

Information and reservations:

Reservations: 800-356-7893
Main Tel: 970-923-3110


  • Rates starting at $204 per night + tax per night
  • Studio Condominiums

The Laurelwood offers moderately priced condominium suites located on the slopes above the Snowmass Village Mall and the Conference Center. Each individually owned and decorated suite features queen bed, queen sleeper sofa, one bath, full kitchen, private balcony or patio and wood burning stove.

  • Amenities: daily housekeeping services, laundry facilities, hot tub
  • Free wireless

Information and reservations:
Reservations: 800-356-7893
Main Tel: 970-923-3110


  •  Rates starting at $260 per night + tax per night
  • One bedroom standard condominium

Lichenhearth condominiums are located in a prime ski-in/ski-out location, adjacent to the Village Express high-speed lift and the Treehouse Adventure Center, a state-of- the-art children’s activity facility. Each studio and one-bedroom unit features a fireplace, private balcony and fully equipped kitchen. Amenities include a heated pool and whirlpool, sauna, covered parking, high-speed wireless internet and complimentary laundry facilities. Housekeeping is provided every other day.

Information: http://www.snowmasshospitality.com/ac commodations/lichenhearth.aspx

Reservations online: Click here


  • $215 + tax single/double occupancy per night
  • Bed and Breakfast Style Hotel

The Snowmass Mountain Chalet offers affordable bedrooms and high quality service. Located next to the shops and restaurants of the Snowmass Village Mall, two levels below the Conference Center, located on the slope, guests can enjoy:

  • Amenities: mini refrigerators, DVD players, humidifiers, cable television and more
  • Complimentary full hot breakfast and hot soup lunch
  • Complimentary wireless internet access
  • Complimentary Aspen Airport shuttle

Information and reservations: www.mountainchalet.com
Reservations: 800-843-1579
Main Tel: 970-923-3900

Reservations online: Click here


  • Rates starting at $342 + tax per night
  • Two Bedroom standard condominium 

The Terracehouse has undergone an extensive renovation, redesigned with the comfort and enjoyment of guests in mind. These units have been remodeled, dramatically increasing living room area. Larger front windows provide generous sunlight and beautiful views. Additional interior improvements include new gas fireplaces, carpet, paint, window treatments and furnishings. A freshly landscaped park- like setting surrounding the hot tub and heated walkways add to the ambiance. Just 50 yards from the slopes, the Terracehouse offers onsite laundry facilities and convenient shuttle access.

Information: http://www.snowmasshospitality.com/ac commodations/terracehouse.aspx

Reservations online: Click here


  • Rates starting at $219 + tax per night
  • Studio to Three Bedroom Condos

Property offers many services of a fine hotel which include a full service front desk. The studios have efficiency kitchens and all other units have fully-equipped kitchens and fireplaces.

  • Amenities: daily housekeeping service, heated pool, hot tub, exercise room, laundry facilities and restaurant
  • Free high speed wireless internet access
  • Complimentary shuttle service throughout Snowmass Village and to and from Aspen airport
  • Extra person charge of $30 per person/per night over standard occupancy. Children 12 and under stay free.
  • New this year: $28.50 Damage Waiver Fee covers up to $1,000 in damages and is collected at time of booking

Information and reservations:
Reservations: 800-922-4001 or email reservations@thetimberline.com
Main Tel: 970-923-4000


  • Rates starting at $297 + tax per night for Saturday to Saturday stay
  • Two, Three and Four Bedroom Condominium

Located four levels above Conference Center and on the slope, each premium unit offers fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, private balcony or patio with natural gas grill, in unit washer/dryer and humidifier. Enjoy these amenities:

  • Complimentary wireless internet available in all condominiums
  • Concierge assistance, daily maid service, outdoor heated swimming pool, two hot tubs, sauna and fitness facilities
  • On call courtesy shuttle service to the Conference Center as well as throughout Snowmass Village
  • Complimentary covered parking (1 per unit)

The Top of the Village offers the following rates on a space available basis for guests who book a unit 7 nights (Saturday, January 11th to Saturday, January 18th).

NOTE: Property collects damage waiver fee of $39 per private condominium stay.

Information and reservations:
Reservations: 800-525- 4200
Main Tel: 970-923-3673


  • $375++ per night/studio residence; $500++ per night/ one bedroom suite
    ++ = resort fee + tax

A luxury resort, the Viceroy Snowmass is located in the Base Village with easy access to Elk Camp Gondola and Village Express and Assay Hill Chairlifts. The property includes a destination restaurant, the best cocktail bar in town, an outdoor heated saline pool, children’s game room, and decadent spa and fitness center. Guest rooms are well appointed with wired and wireless internet access, gas fireplaces, convenience kitchens, flat screen TV’s and 24 hour in-room dining. Our onsite Ski Valet, lift tickets and ski rentals make skiing and snowboarding as easy as possible.

Guests may make their reservations by calling 877-235-7577 and by identifying themselves with the American College of Cardiology event.

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes & assessments (currently 12.8%) Taxes are subject to change without notice.

Additional Information:
A resort fee of $30 will be added to the room charge each day, and will include:

  • Round trip airport transfers to/from Hotel to Aspen Airport
  • Wi-fi access throughout property
  • Complimentary Fitness Studio access
  • Coffee and espresso available in each residence
  • Seasonal refreshment service in Lobby each afternoon

Reservations: 877-235-7577; identify yourself as part of the American College of Cardiology Event
Main telephone: 970-923-8000


If traveling from the below listed countries, a visa is not required for entry in to the United States. If you reside in a country not listed below, you must apply for a visa via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/.

Visa Waiver Program for the following countries:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria 
  • Belgium 
  • Brunei 
  • Czech Republic 
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Malta
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan **
  • United Kingdom *

*British citizens only with the unrestricted right of permanent abode in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

**With respect to all references to “country” or “countries” in this document, it should be noted that the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, Pub. L. No. 96-8, Section 4(b)(1), provides that “[w]henever the laws of the United States refer or relate to foreign countries, nations, states, governments, or similar entities, such terms shall include and such laws shall apply with respect to Taiwan.” 22 U.S.C. § 3303(b)(1). Accordingly, all references to “country” or “countries” in the Visa Waiver Program authorizing legislation, Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1187, are read to include Taiwan. This is consistent with the United States’ one-China policy, under which the United States has maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan since 1979.

NOTE: The new countries of Curacao, Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba and St Maarten (from the former Netherland Antilles) are not eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program if they are applying for admission with the passports from these countries.

Please note:
Smoking is prohibited in all ACC meeting rooms.

Videotaping, audiotaping and still photography are 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.

The American College of Cardiology is pleased to invite you to exhibit at the 45th Annual Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass, January 11 to 14, 2014 at the Westin Snowmass Resort, Snowmass, CO. We expect around 285 attendees this year! This course represents a rare opportunity to reach cardiovascular specialists in an intimate setting with ample exhibit opportunities, and exceptional education content led by Carole A. Warnes, MD, FACC.

Exhibit sales are now underway and space is limited. The exhibits will be open Saturday, January 11 2:30-3:30 pm, Sunday, January 12 through Tuesday, January 14 6:45 am- 3:30 pm and Wednesday, January 15 6:45-7:30 am. The standard table top rate is $3,000 and larger exhibit spaces, along with addition support options are available.

For further information, and to reserve your booth, please consult the attached exhibit prospectus or contact James Moran directly.

James D. Moran
Education Exhibits
American College of Cardiology
2400 N Street, N.W., #312a,
Washington, D.C. 20037
Direct: 202.375.6327
Fax: 202.375.6843 

Participate in our first time pilot “Flipped Classroom” session. Flipped Classrooms are an innovative new learning format that incorporates online education prior to live instruction. These sessions provide attendees with background knowledge that enables them to engage before the course even begins to maximize participants’ education.

At your convenience, watch the below instructional lecture by faculty expert, Samuel Asirvatham, MBBS, FACC on The Most Common Mistakes Made with ECG Interpretation. Then, join us while you are onsite in January for further learning and to “test” your newly gained knowledge.