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SCCT Prevention Symposium
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The Prevention Symposium takes place the day before the SCCT Annual Scientific Meeting and requires separate registration. Find out more about SCCT2020.

 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, MSCCT, chair
Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH, FSCCT, co-chair
Michael Blaha, MD, MPH
Matthew J. Budoff, MD
Martha Gulati, MD, MS
Erin Michos, MD, MHS


Time Talk  Speaker 
 8:00am – 8:10am Introduction and overview Ron Blanstien, MD, MSCCT
 8:10am – 8:30am U.S. and European prevention guidelines: Who got it right? TBD
 8:30am – 8:50am Advanced CVD risk management: What’s the role of dedicated lipid clinic? Sergio Fazio, MD
 8:50am – 9:10am PCSK9 inhibitors: Will newer agents and current trials pave the way for expanded use in primary prevention?  Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH, FSCCT
 9:10am – 9:30am Can we reduce CVD risk in primary prevention with EPA? Matthew Budoff, MD, MSCCT
 9:30am – 9:45am Panel Discussion / Q&A 
 9:45am – 10:00am Break  
 10:00am – 10:15am Cardio-oncology 101: What every preventive cardiologist must know    Juan Lopez-Mattei, MD, FSCCT
 10:15am – 10:30am Increased rate of MI in young patients: Implications for prevention   Ron Blankstein, MD, MSCCT
 10:30am – 10:45am Vaping and marijuana: New risk factors for coronary heart disease? Michael Blaha, MD, MPH
 10:45am – 11:00am Who needs vitamin D, B12, or fish oil in 2020?  Erin Michos, MD, MHS
 11:00am – 12:00pm Challenging cases in preventive cardiology: Moderated cased-based panel discussionMichael Shapiro, MD, FSCCT 
 12:00pm – 1:00pm  Heart Healthy Lunch with two speakers 
 12:15pm – 12:30pm How do I provide advice on stress reduction to my patients? Kavitha Chinnaiyan, MD, FSCCT
 12:30pm – 12:45pm  How do I provide advice on nutrition to my patients?   Danielle Belardo, MD
 1:00pm – 1:20pm Clinical insights linking diet and cardiometabolic health Arthur Agatston, MD, FSCCT
 1:20pm – 1:30pm Q&A 
 1:30pm – 2:00pm   How to select between  GLP1-RA and  SLGT2 inhibitors? Mikhail Kosiborod, MD
 2:00pm – 2:20pm Managing obesity in 2020: Diet, medications, or surgery? TBD
 2:20pm – 2:30pm Break  
 2:30pm – 2:50pm Practical tips and tricks for preventing cardiovascular disease in women Martha Gulati, MD, MS
2:50pm – 3:10pm Implications of ISCHEMIA for the preventive cardiologist David Maron, MD
  3:10pm – 3:30pm Q&A 
  3:30pm Adjourn 



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 Teri Shaw 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 Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Symposium registration fee is partially refundable if you cancel your registration by 11:59pm EST on May 31, 2020. Any cancellation made by May 31, 2020 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.