News | ACC | June 01, 2023

American College of Cardiology to Host Sports Cardiology Conference

ACC Care of the Athletic Heart highlights latest advances in the field of sports cardiology 

ACC Care of the Athletic Heart highlights latest advances in the field of sports cardiology

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June 1, 2023 — The American College of Cardiology will host the annual Care of the Athletic Heart course on June 8-10, 2023, in Washington, including poster abstracts and educational sessions. The course is designed for all clinicians who provide cardiovascular care for the professional, occupational, tactical or recreational athlete. As the athletic population expands to all demographic groups, it is critical that there is a larger contingent of clinicians who understand the latest care and practice management for athletes at every level. 

Dermot Phelan, BAO, MBBCh, PhD, FACC, and Megan Wasfy, MD, FACC, will serve as the course chair and vice chair respectively. The course, which will be available both in-person and online, will feature top sports cardiology experts discussing the latest advances in sports cardiology, as well as fundamental cardiovascular diagnostic and management strategies and treatment options in the field. 


Can’t Miss Sessions: 

  • Keynote: Can the Heart Get a Sports Injury? 
  • Participation Screening: The Debate Continues 
    • Debate Topics: 
      • Are We Really Still Having This Debate? ECG vs. No ECG for Preparticipation Screening of Young Competitive Athletes 
      • I’m 50 and I’ve Decided to Run a Marathon – Should I Undergo Preparticipation Screening for Coronary Disease? 
  • Strategies for Engaging the Community in CPR and AED Training 
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations for Shared Decision Making for Sporting Participation in an Athlete with Cardiac Disease 
  • From the Ocean to the Mountain Top – Environmental Considerations for the Athlete with Heart Disease 



The following abstract titles are a selection of posters being presented during the conference. All ACC Care of the Athletic Heart posters and clinical case challenges are embargoed until Thursday, June 8, 2023, at 12 p.m. ET. 

  • Who Performs Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation During Sports-Related Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes? 
  • Return to Play Evaluation Post COVID – Longitudinal Experience in Cardiac Risk Assessment at a Division I Athletic Program 
  • Outcomes and Results of 10 Years of Cardiac Screening of Elite New Zealand Athletes 
  • Cardiovascular Screening of Tactical Athletes: Results from ECG Screening of Cadets and Midshipmen at Military Service Academies 
  • COACH Study: COVID-19 Influence on Athletic Cardiopulmonary Health Assessed as the Change in VO2max: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis 

For more information: 


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AHA Issues Explanation on Understanding Cardiac Arrest Following Damar Hamilin's Collapse During Monday Night Football  

Morristown Medical Center’s Matthew Martinez, MD Held First Sports Cardiology Summit for Elite and Professional Athletes  

Rising Star Footballers Among Young Athletes to Benefit From New Screening Tool  

VIDEO: Should Student Athletes be Screened for Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Position Statement Evaluates Role of ECG in Athletic Cardiovascular Screening   

Cardiac Ultrasound Studies Evaluate Impact of Exercise on Athletes' Hearts   

Tackling Cardiovascular Health Risks in College Football Players   

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Patient Walks to Ambulance Thanks to Wearable Defibrillator 

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