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SCCT Prevention Symposium
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This program is co-sponsored by the International Atherosclerosis Society and endorsed by the American Society of Preventive Cardiology, the Maryland Chapter of ACC and the Pennsylvania Chapter of ACC.

The Prevention Symposium takes place the day before the SCCT Annual Scientific Meeting and requires separate registration. Find out more about SCCT2019.


Play a key role in applying patient care and modifying treatments to ensure patients have the best chance of preventing future cardiovascular disease.

This interactive symposium – which will feature some of the most prominent leaders in preventive cardiology - will provide an overview of the changing landscape of preventive cardiology and an update on novel therapies and risk assessment tools for preventing cardiovascular disease. Learn how to incorporate the latest advances in pharmacologic and lifestyle interventions for lowering cardiovascular risk.

Organizing Committee:

Ron Blankstein, MD, FSCCT, chair
Roger S. Blumenthal, MD
Matthew J. Budoff, MD
Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA
Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH, FSCCT
Raul Santos, MD

Time Talk  Speaker
8:00am- 8:10am Introduction and overview  Ron Blankstein, MD, FSCCT
8:10am- 8:30am The story behind the 2018 cholesterol guidelines and 2019 prevention guidelines   Roger Blumenthal, MD
8:40am- 9:00am PCSK9 Inhibitors: Cost, access and predicting the future  Khurram Nasir, MD
9:05am- 9:25am Translational genomic medicine in CVD prevention management: How can it supplement existing paradigms?  Muredach Reilly, MBBCh, MSCE
9:30am- 9:50am  Risk stratification and management of FH  Raul Santos, MD, PhD
9:50am- 10:10am Q&A / Break  
10:10am- 10:30am Do we need gender-specific tailored prevention: Why women are different  Martha Gulati, MD, MS
10:30am- 10:50pm Role of CAC and CTA in prevention  Ron Blankstein, MD, FSCCT
10:55am- 11:15pm How to handle elevated TG, elevated Lp(a), very low HDL-C  Michael Shapiro, MD, FSCCT
11:15am -12:00pm Case based discussion on applying guidelines in clinical practice Moderated by Michael Blaha, MD. Panel: Matthew Budoff, MD, FSCCT; Khurram Nasir, MD;
 Roger Blumenthal, MD; Ron Blankstein, MD, FSCCT
12:00pm- 12:30pm Lunch  
12:30pm- 1:00pm Practical advice on stress reduction and diet  Kavitha Chinnaiyan, MD, FSCCT
1:00pm- 1:25pm How and when should we use eicosapent ethyl acid - and why not all fish oils are the same   Deepak Bhatt, MD, MPH
1:25pm- 1:50pm A guide for cardiologists for treating diabetes in the era of SGLT2i and GLP-1RA  Matthew Budoff, MD, FSCCT
1:50pm- 2:50pm

Debate Moderator: Matthew Budoff, MD, FSCCT

3-way Debate: How to evaluate risk in a 45-year-old with family history of premature ASCVD: Lifetime Risk Score vs. CAC vs. PRS. (each speaker 12 min + 4 min rebuttal)

 PRS: Pradeep Natarajan, MD
 CAC: Khurram Nasir, MD
 LRS: Erin Michos, MD, MHS
2:50pm-3:10pm Keynote lecture: Top 10 predictions in preventive cardiology for the next decade  Philip Greenland, MD
 3:10 - 3:30pm  Q&A  
 3:30pm Adjourn  

Download printable agenda


Registration rates
Member Non-member
Physician/scientist $50 $100
Fellows & Residents $50 $50
Medical students Free Free


Interested in supporting or exhibiting at the Prevention Symposium? Email Joanne Olson at


Continuing Medical Education:

The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicals should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration cancellation policy

The SCCT/ASPC Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Symposium registration fee is partially refundable if you cancel your registration by 11:59pm EST on May 31, 2019. Any cancellation made by May 31, 2019 is subject to a $75 administration fee. Any cancellation after this deadline will not result in refund. 

Cancellation of conference registration does not constitute a cancellation of your hotel room. Please be sure to handle both separately. 


SCCT would like to thank all partners, sponsors and exhibitors for making

The Prevention Symposium a huge success.