Legislative Conference Day 1 Provides Members With Important Views From the Hill

Following an entertaining evening with political power couple Mary Matalin and James Carville courtesy of the ACC Political Action Committee (PAC), the College kicked off its 2014 Legislative Conference early Monday morning with a record number of cardiovascular professionals (nearly 400, including approximately 100 Fellows in Training and 80 CV Team members) in attendance. Continue reading

Tiny Steps to Implement Pulse Ox Screening

This post was authored by John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, immediate past president of the ACC.

On a yearly basis critical congenital heart conditions affect three out of every 1,000 live births, accounting for nearly 30 percent of all infant fatalities in the U.S. As physicians we have come a long way in our ability to treat these conditions in a timely manner, often using prenatal sonograms to identify structural heart disease. However, the sensitivity of congenital heart disease (CHD) is highly fickle, with operator expertise, fetal position, gestational age, and defect type causing prenatal sonography to entirely miss many newborns with CHD, let alone critical conditions that need immediate intervention. Continue reading

ACC Board of Governors Come Together to Move College’s Strategic Vision Forward

I have often said the men and women who make up ACC’s Board of Governors (BOG) are the College’s feet on the ground – meeting the needs of cardiovascular professionals where they live and work. As such, the BOG plays a critical role in the success of ACC programs and tools. This weekend’s BOG meeting underscored the importance of this role as member leaders engaged in discussions around how best to move the College’s strategic vision forward. In particular, leaders addressed shared decision making tools, educational programs and products, involvement in hospital and outpatient-based clinical data registries, increasing member value, top cardiovascular advocacy issues, potential partnerships and more. Continue reading

Leading the Transformation of Care

This post was authored by Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, FACC, president-elect of the ACC. – See more at: http://blog.cardiosource.org/post/heard-hill-accs-legislative-conference/#sthash.LfBjowkL.dpuf

This post was authored by Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, FACC, president-elect of the ACC.

Over the past 40 years, the world has seen significant advances in cardiovascular care including a 50 percent decline in cardiovascular-related deaths. A study published in Circulation last month further demonstrated the progress that has been made. The study found that hospitalizations for acute cardiovascular disease and stroke showed rapid decline from 1999 through 2011, compared to other cardiac-related conditions. Additionally, patients achieved improved mortality and readmission outcomes. Continue reading

Working Collaboratively to Help Patients and Clinicians Address LDL Risks

This post was authored by Kim Birtcher, MS, PharmD, AACC, chair of the ACC’s LDL: Address the Risk Oversight Workgroup.

High low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is a modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke, yet many patients aren’t taking the medications or making the lifestyle changes needed to lower their risk.  On the provider front, the number of published clinical guidelines with substantially different recommendations also poses confusion for patients and clinicians alike. In an effort to address the significant gaps in care, the ACC launched its LDL: Address the Risk initiative to improve patient outcomes by increasing awareness of the gaps in lipid management, along with the importance of managing LDL-related risks. Continue reading

A Look at Trends in Cardiovascular Hospitalizations and Outcomes

This post was authored by Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC, member of the ACC Board of Trustees.

In cardiology we need to measure our achievements by what we have done for patients and populations. It is not enough to brag about new programs provided or treatments delivered. In the end we need to know the results we have achieved.

Such information, however, is not easy to obtain. We do not have the type of integrated national data that would provide a surveillance system. However, the Medicare Fee-for-Service system does have records stretching back more than a decade that can be accessed and analyzed to determine trends in hospitalization rates and outcomes. Continue reading

Hot Topics from ESC Congress 2014 – Day 4

Check out ACC video coverage of the latest hot topics from ESC Congress 2014. Watch Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, FACC, and Alfred A. Bove, MD, MACC, give a recap of Tuesday’s trials, and the wrap-up video from the FITs on the GO. Also watch additional interviews on PARADIGM-HF and INVEST. Check out full coverage from the meeting at CardioSource.org.

Hot Topics from ESC Congress 2014 – Day 3

Check out ACC video coverage of the latest hot topics from ESC Congress 2014. Watch Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, FACC, and Anthony N. DeMaria, MD, MACC, give a recap of Monday’s trials, and the latest videos from the FITs on the GO including an interview with ACC Incoming President Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, FACC, and ACC Vice President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, on the ACC’s future, and with JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, on the new Fellows page. Check out full coverage from the meeting at CardioSource.org.

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Hot Topics from ESC Congress 2014 – Day 2

Check out ACC video coverage of the latest hot topics from ESC Congress 2014. Watch Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, FACC, and Robert P. Giugliano, MD, FACC, give a recap of Sunday’s trials, and the latest videos from the FITs on the GO on the PARADIGM-HF, POPE-2 and ODYSSEY-COMBO II trials. Check out full coverage from the meeting at CardioSource.org.

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