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. Don’t miss these sessions highlighting interdisciplinary efforts, involving surgeons, imaging specialists, electrophysiologists and other physician and non-physician providers:

  • Surgical and Transcatheter Valve Therapy for Congenital Heart Disease (session #640)
  • Joint Symposium of the American Association for Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology (session #714)
  • Atrial Fibrillation in Young and Unusual Populations: Children and Adult Congenital Heart Disease (session #713)

The role of technology in the care of CHD patients is highlighted in Innovation in Congenital Cardiac Subspecialty Care (session #609), which includes presentations on the use of telemedicine and the positive impact of the digital revolution. Six Years of Making an IMPACT (session #653), explores the many possibilities for providers and patients that result from the collection of data from the IMPACT® registry. MACRA and its impact on ACPC is part of the discussion during Value, Advocacy and the Future of Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (session #701), which includes an ACC Talk by John Triedman, “Knowledge is Power: Provider Behavior Changes When We Know Cost.”

The CHD Learning Pathway includes its share of hot topics including the ACHD Guidelines 2016 (session #626) and the guidelines’ changes on exercise (session #668). Palliative care, an important but sometimes difficult topic for providers and patients, is the subject of Debate: The End of the Ultimate Fighter: Palliative Care in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (session #742) and a half-day Palliative Care Intensive (session #57, #58, #59). For fun and learning, check out The Newlywed Game for Pediatric Cardiac Providers (session #6007).

Because not all patients with CHD have immediate access to a CHD specialist, all cardiovascular professionals should consider attending some of these sessions to ensure that their knowledge of CHD treatment is up to date. In addition, CHD specialists will find innovative, cutting edge education to keep them at the forefront of the profession!

Plus, plan to arrive a day early and kick off ACC.17 on Thursday with CHD Community Day. All CHD care team members and nurses, surgeons, CHD administrators, adult congenital cardiologists, pediatric cardiologists, Training Directors, Fellows and other CHD professionals are encouraged to join. Learn more about CHD Community Day!

Additional Highlights!

  • Core Curriculum: Rhythm and the Blues: Still Young at Heart (session #807)
  • Precision Medicine: It's Hot, But What Is It? (session #685)
  • The Newlywed Game for Pediatric Cardiac Providers (session #6007)
  • Oral Contributions: Highlighted Original Research: Congenital Heart Disease and the Year in Review (session #908)
  • Patient-Centered Care in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (session #742)
  • 2017 Dan G. McNamara Lecture: The Future of Congenital Heart Research: Keeping the Patient-Centered Promise (session #414)


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