Virtual Meeting 2021

Heart Failure & Telemedicine

7:50 am – 8:00 am
Héctor J. Martínez, MD FACC
President & Governor
ACC Puerto Rico Chapter

8:00 am – 8:20 am
Heart Failure Readmissions: does anything help?
Gurusher Panjrath, MD

8:20 am – 8:40 am
Update: normal echo values
José Banchs, MD

8:40 am – 9:00 am
Update: Echocardiographic evaluation of LV diastolic function
Sherif Nagueh, MD

9:00 am – 9:20 am
Management of atrial fibrillation in heart failure: Anything special?
Fred Kusumoto, MD

9:20 am – 9:40 am
Multimodality: right ventricle & tricuspid valve evaluation
Sherif Nagueh, MD

9:40 am – 9:50 am
Q & A

9:50 am – 10:10 am
Break & Sponsors Announcements

10:10 am – 10:30 am
Speckle cardio-onco & beyond
José Banchs, MD

10:30 am – 10:50 am
Adult congenital heart disease
Ami Bhatt, MD

10:50 am – 11:10 am
Management of VT in heart failure
Fred Kusumoto, MD

11:10 am – 11:30 am
Multimodality imaging in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Sherif Nagueh, MD

11:30 am – 11:50 am
CRT: heart failure data & recommendations
Fred Kusomoto, MD

11:50 am – 12:00 pm
Q & A

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Lunch Satellite Symposium

12:30 pm – 12:50 pm
The epidemic of maternal mortality in developed countries
Ami Bhatt, MD

12:50 pm – 1:10 pm
Emerging therapies: treating HF with antiglycemics?
Gurusher Panjrath, MD

1:10 pm – 1:30 pm
How and why to incorporate telemedicine in your practice
Ami Bhatt, MD

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Break & Sponsors Announcements

1:50 pm – 2:10 pm
Remote monitoring of cardiac electronic device: PR experience
Hilton Franqui, MD

2:10 pm – 2:30 pm
A Virtual Care Journey
Orlando Rodríguez Vilá, MD

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm
Cardiovascular update: Covid-19
Richard Kovacs, MD

2:50 pm – 3:00 pm
Q & A

3:00 pm – 3:05pm
Closing Remarks
Héctor J. Martínez, MD FACC

Jose Banchs, MD, FACC
Director of Echocardiography
Associate Professor of Medicine
Cardiology Department
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Ami Bhatt, MD, FACC
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Hilton Franqui, MD, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Program Director
Cardiovascular Disease Training Program
UPR School of Medicine
San Juan, PR

Richard Kovacs, MD, FACC
Q. E. and Sally Russell Professor of Cardiology
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Clinical Director, Krannert Institute of Cardiology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Fred Kusumoto, MD, FACC
Heart Rhythm Services
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL

Sherif Nagueh, MD, FACC
Professor of Cardiology, Academic Institute Full Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College
Houston, TX

Gurusher Panjrath, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Program
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Washington DC

Orlando Rodríguez Vilá, MD, FACC
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories
Assistant Chief, Medical Service
VA Caribbean Healthcare System
San Juan, PR

The Puerto Rico Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, on its 2021 Virtual Meeting, will provide the most update information regarding the management of heart failure and the impact of telemedicine in the pandemic and post pandemic environment. According to the CDC nearly 655,000 Americans die each year of heart disease, in Puerto Rico heart disease is the leading cause of death with approximately 5 thousand death yearly; hence we chose to explore this topic in detail. This well-balanced program will highlight the application of current guidelines, existing and new technologies, and breakthroughs in the management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Besides the program will include a lecture on the cardiovascular care and management during Covid-19. Furthermore, will be addressed the impact of telemedicine from a cardiology practice perspective, its benefits and how to get started for this new manner of practicing medicine that will prevail after the pandemic is over.

Sponsorship Statement (Joint)

This activity is jointly sponsored by The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc and the American College of Cardiology Puerto Rico Chapter.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc and the American College of Cardiology Puerto Rico Chapter. The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Provider’s No. 0007249, to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc is accredited by the Puerto Rico Board of Licensing and Medical Disciplines, provider’s No. 016-DC23-JLDM.

Credit Designation

The Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc designated this educational activity for a maximum of 7.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor and integrity in all of its sponsored educational activities.

All persons who are in a position to control the educational content of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationship(s) they and/or spouse/partner have with the commercial supporters and/or providers of commercial services and/or manufacturers of any commercial products discussed during the educational activity. All conflicts of interest have been identified and resolved prior to the release of this activity.

The faculty will report financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity.


  1. Update of current guidelines of normal echocardiographic values.
  2. Discussion of imaging modalities to evaluate diastolic dysfunction.
  3. Discuss speckle pattern in echocardiographic imaging for early detention of structural myocardial changes in oncology patients.
  4. Discuss the medical and device-guided management of arrhythmias in heart failure patients.
  5. Review recent indications for prevention of heart failure and decrease heart failure readmissions with antiglycemic treatment.
  6. To better understand the long-term management of the adult with congenital heart disease.
  7. Review of how to evaluate tricuspid valve dysfunction.
  8. Multimodality evaluation of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
  9. How and why to incorporate telemedicine in your cardiology practice.
  10. Remote cardiac electronic device monitoring.
  11. Update of cardiovascular care in Covid-19 era.


This activity has been designed for internists, general cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologist, heart failure specialist, and cardiology fellows in training, involved in the management of cardiovascular diseases and any other physicians interested in the cardiology field.

Refund for cancellation (Registration Fee less $25) will be granted on written request received by Monday April 19, 2021.  NO REFUND THEREAFTER.


Registration closes on April 22, 2021 at 5:00pm AST

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  • April 24, 2021 7:50 am   -   4:00 pm
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