ACC Cardio-oncology Course Highlights Growing Need to Care for Cancer Patients’, Survivors’ Hearts

The American College of Cardiology will host the third Advancing the Cardiovascular Care of the Oncology Patient course in Washington on Jan. 25-27, 2019, bringing together top experts in both cardiology and oncology to review new and relevant science in this rapidly evolving field.

Research continues to show the link between cancer and heart disease, and in response, the field of cardio-oncology is rapidly growing. The ACC convenes this course so that both the novice and advanced clinician in the interprofessional field has access to clinically relevant, state-of-the-art, best practice strategies to ensure patients receive the most informed care possible. Ana Barac, MD, FACC, and Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC, will serve as co-chairs of the conference, which will feature educational content to provide clinicians and researchers with the tools needed to improve patient care in everyday practice.

“Over 14 million cancer patients and survivors are believed to have significant heart disease risk,” Barac said. “It is critical that cardiologists, oncologists and the entire multi-professional care team works together to ensure these patients not only win the battle with cancer, but don’t lose one with heart disease.”

ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, will open the course with a TED Talk-style lecture, “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Partnerships in Care for the Cardio-Oncology Patient.” Other key sessions occurring include:

  • Guideline-Driven Care Across the Lifespan: Where is the Evidence? Where are the Gaps?
  • Where is the Science Headed? Answers from the National Cancer Institute and Leading Experts
  • Live with the Experts: Team Challenges in Prediction, Prevention and Treatment

For the first time the course will include poster presentations of new science. The following abstracts are a selection of the posters being presented. To receive embargoed copies of these abstracts, see a full list of the abstracts being presented or to speak to study authors, contact Katie Glenn at kglenn@acc.org. All ACC Advancing the Cardiovascular Care of the Oncology Patient abstracts are embargoed until Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at 4 p.m. ET.

  • Tachycardia as a Predictor of All-Cause Mortality in Cancer Patients (press release to follow)
  • Hybrid Breast/Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Breast Cancer Patients: A Feasibility Study
  • Establishing a Young Adult Survivor Cardio-Oncology Clinic: A Quality Improvement Initiative
  • Trends in Global Research in Cardio-Oncology: A Bibliometric Analysis
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