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Learning Pathways

ACC.18 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.

Learn more about the content of each pathway.

Acute and Stable Ischemic Heart Disease

The Acute and Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (ASIHD) Learning Pathway is a powerful and informative program with topics that will span the spectrum, including strategies for developing a team, decision-making in ACS, sex difference in cardiovascular disease and great debates in Ischemia. The program also covers state-of-the art diagnosis, comprehensive evidence-based management, clinical conundrums, cardiovascular outcomes, secondary prevention of acute and stable ischemic heart disease and much more. Learn more >>>

Arrhythmias and Clinical Electrophysiology

The Arrhythmia and Clinical Electrophysiology Learning Pathway will explore cutting-edge clinical problems that clinical cardiologists, electrophysiologists and their teams face daily. The highly interactive and interdisciplinary program that focuses on new and important clinical topics and provides the knowledge you need to implement new and important clinical techniques and therapies. Learn more >>>

Congenital Heart Disease

Continuity of care takes on a new depth of meaning in the Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Learning Pathway. Beyond the concern of ensuring that patients and their caretakers make a good transition in care from early life into their adult years, this year’s program focuses on defining a continuous thread of care that leads from birth into adulthood, a thread that connects the dots between the different stages of life, and how therapy or surgical decisions made at one stage of life will affect patients 20 or 30 or more years later. Learn more >>>

Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies

Contemporary management of heart failure requires a team approach to achieve the best outcomes for this complex patient population, and the Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies Pathway exemplifies a multidisciplinary approach in substance and action. The program covers 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 today. Learn more >>>

Interventional Cardiology

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of PCI and the 15th anniversary of TAVR by joining us at ACC.18. The Intervention Learning Pathway leaves no stone unturned when it comes to interventional cardiology. Interventionalists and other specialists will find a broad range of sessions on topics of cutting-edge technology and techniques, everyday dilemmas, challenges with complex or simple coronary and structural heart disease. Learn more >>>

Noninvasive Imaging

The Noninvasive Imaging Learning Pathway will feature a broad array of 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, discussions on the integration of imaging and interventional planning, and comparisons and debates regarding the modalities in a variety of clinical scenarios. Learn more >>>


The Prevention Learning Pathway concentrates on the basic four topic areas in prevention of cardiovascular disease: lipids, hypertension, diabetes and lifestyle management. Find intensive, highly informative discussions on complex issues related to new pharmaceuticals and controversies related to guidelines. Attendees will discover that recent scientific evidence may disrupt traditional accepted thinking about how to prevent cardiovascular disease. Learn more >>>

Pulmonary Hypertension and Venous Thrombosis-embolic Disease

What does a cardiologist really need to know about the diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension? What is new and controversial in the management of pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, and what are the updated management recommendations for pulmonary hypertension from the 6th World Symposium in Nice? These questions and more will be addressed in the Pulmonary Hypertension and Venous Thrombo-embolic (VTE) Learning Pathway. Learn more >>>

Special Topics

The Special Topics Pathway creates connections between educational specialties, links diverse groups through common interests and highlights cutting-edge research that defies easy categorization. Sessions acknowledge the far-reaching changes taking place in medicine today and provides 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 transformation of care of patients with valvular heart disease through a greater understanding of trials, registries and translational science. You’ll find informative, interactive sessions that expand their understanding and knowledge of how to provide the highest level of care for their patients. Learn more >>>

Vascular Medicine

The Vascular Medicine Learning Pathway meets today’s vascular medicine challenges with sessions that focus on incorporating all the powerful tools now available to improve cardiovascular care. Sessions extend beyond new device therapies and anticoagulant agents to the expanded use of health information technology and social media as a novel means to rise to the challenges presented in the current health care environment. Learn more >>>


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