Learning Pathways

ACC.17 will feature content in 11 learning pathways. Each pathway focuses on a different clinical specialty of cardiovascular disease. Choose to focus on one clinical area or attend sessions from an array of pathways.

Use the ACC.17 Online Planner to browse sessions and start building your itinerary.

Learn more about the content of each pathway.

Acute and Stable Ischemic Heart Disease

The new Acute and Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (ASIHD) Pathway brings together the topics of ACS and SIHD categories for the first time in one pathway. All members of the cardiovascular care team will find the ASIHD pathway to be a powerful, creatively structured and informative program containing multiple topics of interest, including strategies for developing a team, decision-making in ACS, sex difference in cardiovascular disease and great debates in Ischemia. Learn more >>>

Arrhythmias and Clinical Electrophysiology

The Arrhythmias and Clinical Electrophysiology Learning Pathway addresses hot topics and debates surrounding arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, new drugs and anticoagulants, and devices. Attendees will have plenty of opportunity to reach out and interact with faculty and colleagues in sessions that address the best management of anticoagulation and stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, the role new drugs or devices such as the left atrial appendage occlusion devices play, and controversies in arrhythmia management. Learn more >>>

Congenital Heart Disease

The Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Learning Pathway explodes with information about how innovative approaches and more informed decisions can result in more effective treatment of patients with congenital heart disease. The CHD Pathway includes discussion of hot topics including the ACHD Guidelines 2016 and the guidelines’ changes on exercise, palliative care, and precision medicine. Plus, don’t miss The Newlywed Game for Pediatric Cardiac Providers. Learn more >>>

Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies

The Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies Learning Pathway includes many new and hot topics as well as debates and panel discussions related to the broad array of complexities and comorbidities that all cardiovascular professionals face in patient care every day. Hot topic discussions include the updated Heart Failure Guidelines, genetic testing for cardiomyopathies and surgical therapies for heart failure patients. Learn more >>>

Interventional Cardiology

The Interventional Cardiology Learning Pathway at ACC.17 features sessions that cover the full spectrum of diagnoses and treatment in interventional cardiology focusing on the latest advances and clinical trial results. Explore innovations in PCI, structural heart disease, peripheral vascular intervention, mitral valve intervention, pharmacology, quality improvement, and practice redesign. Learn more >>>

Noninvasive Imaging

The Noninvasive Learning Pathway at ACC.17 features educational content that crosses all modalities in cardiovascular imaging and encompasses a full spectrum of clinical applications, emerging techniques and research innovations. The pathway features a mix of disease-based multimodality imaging sessions, updates on technical advances in each modality, and comparisons of the modalities in a variety of clinical scenarios. Learn more >>>


The Prevention Learning Pathway concentrates on the four basic topic areas in the prevention of cardiovascular disease: lipids, hypertension, diabetes and lifestyle management. Attendees will find intense, highly informative discussions and debates supplemented with case presentations on complex issues related to new pharmaceuticals, controversies related to guidelines, hypertension management and cholesterol control. Learn more >>>

Pulmonary Hypertension and Venous Thrombosis-embolic Disease

When it comes to pulmonary hypertension and venous thrombo-embolic (VTE) disease, the year has been filled with controversial topics and issues lacking clear evidence to finalize care decisions. The Pulmonary Hypertension and VTE Learning Pathway at ACC.17 selects many of these topics and opens them up for debate and discussion by panelists and experts and provides attendees with question and answer opportunities. Learn more >>>

Special Topics

The Special Topics Pathway at ACC.17 creates connections between educational specialties, links diverse groups through common interests and highlights cutting-edge research that defies easy categorization. Sessions in this year’s Special Topics Pathway acknowledge the far-reaching changes taking place in many aspects of medicine today and provide insight on how to handle the changes most effectively to enhance patient care and your career. Learn more >>>

Valvular Heart Disease

The Valvular Heart Disease (VHD) Learning Pathway reflects the interdisciplinary team approach that is becoming prevalent in the treatment of patients with valvular heart disease due to more complex case scenarios and multiple comorbidities. Attendees will find informative, interactive sessions that expand their understanding and knowledge of how to provide the highest level of care for a patient with valvular heart disease. Learn more >>>

Vascular Medicine

The Vascular Medicine Learning Pathway program remains true to the team-based care nature of managing patients with vascular disease. Since ACC.16 new device therapies and anticoagulant agents have continued to challenge traditional standards of care for VTE treatment and prevention and have ignited innovation and sparked rapid changes in Vascular Medicine. The sessions at ACC.17 will provide guidance on these subjects and more, including vasculo-oncology and on the new LE PAD Guidelines. Learn more >>>


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