ACC Contest to Recognize Patients Living Well with Heart Disease

Contact: Rachel Cagan,, 202-375-6395

WASHINGTON (Sept. 2, 2014) — The American College of Cardiology is looking for six inspiring individuals who are living well with heart disease to be featured on its patient-focused website CardioSmart.

The third annual “I am CardioSmart” contest will honor individuals with one of six conditions: high blood pressure, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, congenital heart defect, previous heart attack, or coronary artery disease. Each winner will be featured on and receive a $100 Amazon gift card.  

One grand prize winner will be selected from the six winners, based on the number of “likes” each featured story receives on the CardioSmart Facebook page. The grand prize is a trip for two to San Diego in March 2015. 

“Many patients with heart disease live their lives with few or no limitations,” said CardioSmart Chief Medical Expert JoAnne M. Foody, MD, FACC, medical director of the Cardiovascular Wellness Center and Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Sharing the stories of these individuals can set powerful examples and be a source of comfort and inspiration to others battling heart disease.” 

Winners will be selected based on their personal stories of living life to the fullest while dealing with heart disease, including how they work with their doctors and care team to manage their heart conditions, lifestyle changes made to improve their heart health, challenges faced, their support system, and their personal motto.

CardioSmart is the patient education support program developed by the ACC. Its mission is to engage, inform and empower patients to better prepare them for participation in their own care.

To speak with Dr. Foody, contact Rachel Cagan at or 202-375-6395.
The American College of Cardiology is a 47,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit

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