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Cardiology Update

46th Cardiology Update

May 30 - June 1, 2024

Hyatt Place Hotel
560 King Street
Charleston, SC

Below is information from the 2023 conference.  Information for the 2024 meeting will be coming soon. 


Program Overview

The management of patients with cardiac disease continues to evolve. The goal of this program is to provide the most current evidence-based diagnostic and treatment strategies for your patients. Related areas to cardiology will be covered such as management of hypertension, pulmonary embolus of cardiac patients and management of heart failure. The program structure will focus on case-based presentations including lectures, breakfast cases, panel discussions, and use of our audience response system to provide opportunities for all participants to interact with the conference faculty. This three day program in clinical cardiology is designed for the cardiologist, primary care physician, internist, practicing cardiovascular specialist, cardiovascular nurse and physician assistant. 

Conference Brochure

The conference brochure can be found here.  

Online Syllabus

In our efforts to “go green”, an online syllabus will be provided to all attendees. Information will be emailed to you prior to the conference so that you may download a copy. Internet connection will also be available in the meeting room.

Conference Objectives

Upon completion of this live activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe indications for rhythm control
  • Describe goals for adequate rate control
  • Explain strategies for rhythm control
  • Describe when to refer atrial fibrillation patients to EP
  • Extract and interpret data available from wearable monitoring devices
  • Utilize data from wearable devices in clinical care
  • Build clinical practice that incorporates wearable device data
  • Discuss the benefits of successful weight loss on cardiovascular risk factors
  • Review the optimal lifestyle changes for obesity management
  • Update on the role of new anti-obesity medications
  • Implement combination lipid lowering therapy at new lower threshold for patients with very high ASCVD risk
  • Incorporate newer non-statin therapies into management of high-risk patients
  • Utilize coronary artery calcium scoring to guide clinical decision making for lipid lowering therapy
  • Facilitate management of at-risk patients with partial or complete statin intolerance 
  • Discuss the structure and pathogenic mechanisms of lipoprotein(a) in cardiovascular diseaseIdentify the patients who might benefit from lipoprotein (a) measurement
  • Recognize the current and developing treatment options for patients with elevated lipoprotein (a)
  • Discuss hypertension in special populations that include: the pregnant patients, patients with resistant hypertension, patients with chronic kidney disease and hypertension, older patients, and Africian American patients
  • Effectively translate the recommendation for saturated fat intake into useful/practical information for patients
  • Field questions regarding popular supplements that tout lipid benefits by being armed with the latest information
  • Feel confident discussing sensitive topics, namely weight management
  • Feel confident utilizing motivational interviewing and behavior change in a busy practice
  • Explain the guidelines for diagnosis and management
  • Discuss Cardiac MRI vs Cardiac PET
  • Identify who to treat and what to use
  • Review monitoring response to therapy
  • Apply 3 methods for diagnosis of HFpEF, AHA/ACC, ESC, H2HFpEF
  • Implement ACC/AHA GDMT for HFpEF
  • Determine indications for right heart cath with exercise
  • Review available evidence for each of the foundational heart failure therapies in advanced kidney disease and end stage kidney disease
  • Review current challenges and barriers to managing patients heart failure in patients with co-existent advanced kidney disease and end stage kidney disease
  • Future directions to optimize therapeutic strategies in HF with co-existent advanced kidney disease and end stage kidney disease
  • Discuss blueprint for MUSC APP led HF discharge clinic and work flow
  • Identify key team members Identify essential HF clinic components, services, resourcesIdentify goals of HF discharge clinic
  • Discuss MUSC Heart failure 30 day readmission statistics/data since implantation of HF clinic
  • Develop partnerships with other subspecialties, integration of technology and virtual visit infrastructure (Takes a village)
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of heart failure and how to do a physical exam Identify the clinical markers of advancing heart failure
  • Decipher the right heart catheterization
  • Discuss treatment options
  • Describe recently adopted methods used to expand the donor pool, facilitating heart transplant volumes
  • Describe newer methods of noninvasive surveillance for transplant allograft rejection
  • Explain the role of the cardiogenic shock team
  • Appreciate the growth of mechanical circulatory support for the treatment of cardiogenic shock
  • Recognize the evolution of the “CCU” into a contemporary “Cardiac Intensive Care Unit”

Credit Designation

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

AAFP:   Application for Continuing Medical Education credits has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credits is pending.

Nurses: Most states accept CMEs that apply to a specific nursing specialty as nursing continuing education. Please check with your respective State Board of Nursing to ascertain the equivalent number of contact hours offered for 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. PAs may receive a maximum of 14.00 AAPA Category 1 Credits for completing this activity.

CME MOC logoSuccessful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14.00 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education anyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any financial relationships with any ineligible companies. An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Any financial relationships with these ineligible companies have been mitigated by the MUSC Office of CME. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.


The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of the Medical University of South Carolina not to discriminate against any person on the basis of disabilities. If you feel you need services or the auxiliary aids mentioned in this act in order to fully participate in this continuing medical education activity, please call the Office of CME at 843-876-1925

Registration Fees

On or Before After
3/31/2023 3/31/2023

Physicians in Practice $575 $650
Other Healthcare Specialist  $475 $550

The registration fee are the same for in-person or virtual attendance

The fee for in-person attendance includes tuition, breaks, online syllabus, and certificates of attendance. The fee for live streaming the meeting includes tuition, online syllabus, and certificates of attendance.

No pre-registrations will be accepted after May 18, 2023.  After this date, you must contact the Office of CME at 843-876-1925 to see if space is still available.  

Access to Recorded Presentations

The MUSC Office of CME, with the permission of each speaker, will be recording each presentation of the conference. The videos will be posted online after the conference and be available for those who are not able to live stream the entire conference. Viewing the videos will offer the same amount of CME credit and can be viewed for up to 14 days following the posting date. The non-refundable fee for this service is $100.00 and is only available to individuals registered for the conference. Access to the videos will be granted to attendees who purchase this option in advance of the conference.

Credit Designation: The Medical University of South Carolina designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for each video. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conference Cancellation

A refund will be made upon written request prior to April 25, 2023; however $100 will be retained for administrative costs. No refunds will be made after April 25, 2023. We reserve the right to cancel the conference if necessary. Full registration fees will be refunded for canceled programs. The Medical University of South Carolina cannot be responsible for reimbursement of airline or other transportation fares, hotel or rental car charges, including penalties. By registering for this conference, you acknowledge and agree to this cancellation policy.

Hotel Information 

Hyatt Place Hotel 
560 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403 
(843) 414-4900 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Place Charleston, 560 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403. The conference rate is $259++ and the room block for conference registrants will be held until Monday, April 24, 2023. The room block may fill prior to April 24, 2023 and availability cannot be guaranteed. We suggest you make your reservation as soon as possible. To make your reservation,please call the hotel at 1-800-993-4751 and reference the MUSC Cardiology Conference. You can also make your reservations by going to the following link: or the following QR Code:

Hotel QR Code for Cardiology

Parking: Current Parking fees per day are as follows: Valet Parking rate is currently $36.00 per day & will be charged to individual guest rooms on a nightly basis. Self-parking is located in the Charleston County Municipal Parking Garage located behind the Hotel. Self-parking is a separate charge paid directly to the garage upon exiting. Current fee is $20.00 per day, and subject to change. Make your hotel Reservation before June 27!

Conference Registration

(Please use ONE of these methods to register.  Do not mail if previously faxed or telephoned).

Pandemic Uncertainty

The lack of certainty about the future trajectory of the pandemic makes it difficult to make an informed decision about almost everything.  With this in mind, we have listed some key points to consider as you decide between the in-person registration and the virtual registration:

While masks are currently* not required, we encourage the use of masks for individuals at risk of complications from COVID-19, including older adults and individuals who are immunocompromised or who have pre-existing conditions. If a mask is worn, it should fit well around the nose and mouth. Cloth masks are not recommended unless they are covering a surgical mask underneath.

We will not be offering COVID testing onsite at the conference. If you are traveling internationally, please refer to the CDC Requirements for International Travelers prior to making your arrangements. For everyone flying to Charleston, we suggest purchasing travel insurance in the event your trip is cancelled.

* New mask mandates may be implemented in the future as indicated to protect the health of our community.