Health Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar, Wednesday, July 24 of 2019, 14:43

ACC Latin America Conference Highlights CV Research, Practice in the Region

Research to be presented on smartphone use and obesity, heart disease and pregnancy, and Zika

American College of Cardiology/DICYT The American College of Cardiology kicks off the ACC Latin America Conference in partnership with the Colombian Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery in Cartagena, Colombia, July 25-27, 2019. The conference will examine evidence-based strategies, as well as best practices and clinical decision-making with a focus on how it applies to everyday practice to treat heart disease patients throughout Latin America.


While advances in the prevention and treatment of heart disease have grown in recent decades—leading to a steady decline in related mortality around the world—heart disease remains the leading cause of death across the globe.


Hector Michelena, MD, FACC, and Miguel Urina-Triana, MD, MSc, FACC, will serve as co-chairs of the conference, which will provide a platform for cardiovascular professionals to increase their knowledge in important areas of practice such as prevention, coronary artery disease, valvular disease, heart failure and more.


Experts from around the world and the region will discuss, share and critique the latest in cardiovascular prevention and care, including Bernard Gersh, MD; Pamela Morris, MD; Clara Saldarriaga, MD; Y.S. Chandrashekhar, MD; C. Michael Valentine, MD; and Richard Kovacs, MD. See the full conference agenda here.


The following abstracts are a selection of the posters being presented. To receive embargoed copies of these abstracts or to speak to study authors, contact Katie Glenn at The full list of abstracts being presented is available under “Accepted Abstracts.” All ACC Latin America Conference 2019 abstracts are embargoed until Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 1:35 p.m. COT/2:35 p.m. ET.


• The Main Reasons for Not Finishing a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Might Be Preventable and Not Related to Age
• Hypoxia and Blood Hypertension Biomarkers Measured in Saliva During High Altitude Expedition
• Availability and Accessibility to Anticoagulant Therapy in Latin America
• Obesity Associated With the Hours of Use of the Smartphone in University Students: The Technological Slavery of the Future (press release to follow)
• Long-Term Follow-Up of Zika Myocarditis: What We Know and What We Have to Learn


The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit