Heart Forum to Educate, Support Heart Disease Patients

American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart program announces patient-focused webinar, live event series

Contact: Nicole Napoli, nnapoli@acc.org, 202-375-6523

WASHINGTON (Oct 23, 2015) -

Heart disease patients and caregivers are invited to participate in a new series of webinars and live streaming events designed to educate them on the importance of managing their heart health, give them access to expert physicians and introduce them to a network of other heart disease patients.

As part of its mission to engage and empower patients, the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart initiative will launch its Heart Forum series on Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. Eastern time with an inaugural webinar—Heart Forum on Heart Failure.

“Heart disease patients can lead active and healthy lives following their diagnosis, but they need the right tools and support to thrive,” said CardioSmart Editor-in-Chief Martha Gulati, M.D., M.S., FACC. “The Heart Forum series, beginning with the heart failure webinar, will provide physician-led education for patients and their loved ones and give them resources they can use to help them lead high-quality lives while improving their heart health.”

Through the webinar, patients and caregivers will learn more about the importance of managing heart failure, including lifestyle changes, treatment options and medications; gain understanding of the important role of the caregiver; learn to connect and engage in conversations with peers; and have their questions answered by Dr. Gulati.

Heart Forum on Heart Failure is sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Patients, caregivers, physicians and others interested in learning more about managing heart failure are encouraged to register at: http://accwebinars.acc.org/session.php?id=17005.

All Heart Forum events will also be archived on CardioSmart.org for patients and caregivers to access at any time.

The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-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 acc.org.



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