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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Current Topics in Cardiology, Lipid Management, and Women's Health

7-Night Hawaii Cruise
Round-trip Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
November 25 - December 02, 2023
<em>NCL'S Pride of America</em>
NCL'S Pride of America
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14.0 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
3.0 Hours of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
14.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$795 for Physician Assistants
$595 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Update on LDL-C Management for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: New toos and new targets in the new era
    • Review the approach to ASCVD risk assessment, which is key to matching the intensity of LDL-C lowering therapy with the absolute risk of the patient
    • Dscuss the recommended patient groups for statin therapy
    • Review the mechanism of action for the newer FDA-approved non-statin lipid lowering agents
    • Discuss the new 2022 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Expert Decision Pathway, which provides guidance on statin alternatives in patients with ASCVD, including those with Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)
  2. Female specific risk factors that enhance women’s cardiovascular risk throughout the lifespan
    • Discuss unique cardiovascular risk factors that affect female patients and how to apply them to cardiovascular risk assessment to implement prevention and treatment strategies
  3. Microvascular angina, coronary microvascular dysfunction and INOCA (ischemia with non-obstructive coronary arteries) – from diagnosis to treatment
    • Discuss how to diagnosis coronary microvascular dysfunction (microvascular angina) and discuss prevention and treatment strategies
    • Review the recommended approach to chest pain in women, and INOCA specifically, as outlined in the 2022 American Heart Association Chest Pain guidelines
  4. Chronic Kidney Disease and cardiovascular risk: protecting the heart and the kidney
    • Evaluate for and monitor CKD in patients with T2D and cardiac disease
    • Discuss the 2022 Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) guideline for management of T2D in patients with CKD, with a focus on how to incorporate SGLT2 inhibitors and non-steroidal MRAs into management plans for patients with CKD, T2D, and CVD
  5. Aspirin and other antiplatelet therapy for cardiovascular disease prevention: a tight rope between preventing vascular events and avoiding bleeding.
    • Review the mechanism of action of antiplatelet therapy
    • Describe indications for antiplatelet therapy
    • Explain risks and benefits of holding or de-escalating therapy
    • Discuss how to assess a patient for the balance between managing ischemic risk and reducing risk for bleeding
  6. Obesity Management for Reducing Cardiovascular Risk
    • Review the cardiovascular risks associated with obesity
    • Summarize the benefits and challenges associated with lifestyle, bariatric, and historical pharmacologic interventions in the treatment of obesity, before focusing on the available evidence for the newer glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) medications in the management of obesity and potential implications for reducing CVD risk
  7. Moving (and eating) your way to a healthier heart: Nutrition and physical activity recommendations for cardiovascular disease prevention
    • Review dietary patterns with the most evidence for CVD prevention such as the Mediterranean style diet, DASH diet, and healthy plant-based diet
    • Discuss emerging diets such as keto and intermittent fasting, which still require more long-term outcome data
    • Review recommendations for physical activity and reduction of sitting time for CVD prevention in the general population, as well as special considerations for exercise and sports in patients with established cardiovascular disease
  8. CAC Score to Guide CV Risk Assessment When Decision for Statin and Other Preventive Therapies is Uncertain
    • Identify which patients may be candidates for CAC assessment to refine CV risk
    • Use the CAC score to guide treatment management, for both statin and non-statin preventive therapies
  9. Recent Updates in Hypertriglyceridemia Management for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
    • Discuss lifestyle approaches to managing hypertriglyceridemia
    • >li>Discuss elevated triglycerides as a risk enhancing factor that would favor initiation of statin treatment
    • Discuss the trials investigating fibrate therapy and omega-3 fatty acid therapy for ASCVD prevention in persons with hyperglyceridemia
    • Discuss current cardiology consensus recommendations for management of ASCVD risk reduction in patients with persistent hypertriglyceridemia, which endorse the use of IPE in statin-treated patients at high cardiovascular risk who have triglycerides >135 mg/dL
  10. The Mind-Heart-Body connection: psychological factors and their influence of cardiovascular health
    • Review the evidence supporting psychological health and CVD
    • Consider psychological health in the evaluation and management of patients with or at risk for CVD
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.


Director of Women Cardiovascular Health Research
Associate Director of Preventive Cardiology
Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Co-Director, IMPACT Center at JHU
(Improving Participation Among diverse populations in Cardiovascular clinical Trials)
Co-Editor in Chief, American Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Baltimore, MD Erin D. Michos, MD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with joint appointment in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health. She is the Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Health Research and the Associate Director of Preventive Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Michos is an internationally known expert in Preventive Cardiology and Women’s Health, having authored >650 publications and 11 book chapters. Her clinical and research is focused on (1) Women’s Cardiovascular Health; (2) Lipids and Lipid management; (3) Cardiometabolic diseases (4) Coronary artery calcium, inflammation, and other biomarkers of cardiovascular risk.

She is the co-Editor-in-Chief for the American Journal of Preventive Cardiology and an Associate Editor for Circulation. She is Co-Director of the IMPACT Center (Improving Participation Among Diverse Populations in Cardiovascular Clinical Trials) at Johns Hopkins, funded by the American Heart Association (AHA). She is a co-investigator in several NIH-funded studies including the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities cohorts. She is the Training Director for four AHA Strategic Focused Research Networks. She has mentored over 60 individuals and the recipient of 2 mentoring awards.

Dr. Michos completed medical school at Northwestern University, Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a Master of Health Science degree at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Sat Nov 25 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
- 7:00 pm
Sun Nov 26 Kahului, Maui
8:00 am -
Mon Nov 27 Kahului, Maui
- 6:00 pm
Tue Nov 28 Hilo, Hawaii
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Nov 29 Kona, Hawaii
7:00 am 5:30 pm
Thu Nov 30 Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii
8:00 am -
Fri Dec 01 Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii
- 5:30 pm
Sat Dec 02 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii - Combine the languid allure of the tropics with big-city sophistication, then add the spirit of aloha, and you've got Honolulu. This Pacific crossroads features museums, dazzling beaches, historic Pearl Harbor and spectacular sunrises over Diamond Head. Gardenias and jasmine blanket the air with a heady fragrance, and pink sunsets cast a magical glow over fabled Waikiki Beach.

Kahului, Maui - A surplus of natural splendor and the genuine hospitality of its people have helped to make Maui Hawaii's second most popular island. Explore the fascinating history of the town of Lahaina. Plant yourself on a pristine beach, or play one of the world's most beautiful golf courses.

Hilo, Hawaii - Gaze up from this charming town and see snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano. It's just one of the scenic marvels in this exotic greenhouse of lush tropical plants, towering banyan trees, thundering falls and enough flowers to fill a rainbow. Arid deserts, steaming fissures and volcanoes that blow their tops are just as impressive.

Kona, Hawaii - The sun-blessed Kona coast stretches 80 miles along macadamia nut orchards, famous coffee plantations and some of the most important sites in Hawaiian history. Captain Cook came ashore here and died at the hands of angry natives. The coast is also famous for water sports, and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is a world-renowned annual event.

Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii - The Garden Isle, Kauai receives the most rainfall of all the Hawaiian Islands, which leads to lush vegetation and elegant hibiscus blossoms, as well as a huge canyon carved by wind and water erosion. Marvel at the narrow paths worn by the ancient Menehunes into the cliffsides of the steep Na Pali Coast, unmarred by roads and unapproachable except by foot trail or helicopter.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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