Global Heart Disease Program to Advance Prevention, Treatment Education in 10 Countries

American College of Cardiology committed to helping patients worldwide

Contact: Nicole Napoli,, 202-375-6523

WASHINGTON (Sep 29, 2016) -

Physicians and hospital systems in 10 countries will now have access to an innovative cardiovascular disease prevention program that leverages the latest science and technology to provide the education, resources and practical tools needed to stem the rising tide of cardiovascular disease in their countries and equip patients with the knowledge necessary to manage their cardiovascular health.

Today, in celebration of World Heart Day, the American College of Cardiology will kick off its largest ever global education program. Building on the success of the ACC’s cardiovascular disease prevention program in China this year, the College will expand the program to reach thousands more doctors in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Argentina, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. Throughout the program, the ACC will be partnering with its extensive network of international chapters and working with local cardiology societies to customize the education in a way that meets the unique needs of physicians, patient communities and health care systems in these countries.

“As René Dubos famously stated, we need to ‘think globally, act locally.’ To be effective in changing the culture around treating and preventing heart disease, you have to reach clinicians where they live and practice and beyond a single intervention,” said Daniel José Piñeiro, M.D., FACC, Chair, American College of Cardiology Assembly of International Governors. “We are committed to working with our colleagues in ACC’s international chapters to implement this program in a way that achieves maximum impact and furthers the College’s mission to prevent cardiovascular disease and improve patient care on a global scale.”

Participants will have access to a three-part webinar series on cardiovascular disease prevention, including primary prevention, secondary prevention for patients that have experienced an acute event, and prevention for patients with multiple risk factors. To reinforce the education delivered in the webinars, the ACC will be designing social media materials on the latest science and developments surrounding cardiovascular disease prevention that will be disseminated on the social media platforms of each country that is participating in the program.

The program is supported by Pfizer.

“Pfizer’s global partnership with the ACC to address cardiovascular educational needs underscores our commitment to decrease the global burden of this disease,” said Salomon Azoulay, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Essential Health. “With the program in China that Pfizer and ACC announced in January reaching more than 350 hospitals so far, expanding to other countries is a critical next step in ensuring high-quality cardiovascular education worldwide. We are proud that Pfizer’s global footprint and local reach provide an opportunity to support these efforts, with the goal of improving cardiovascular patient outcomes globally.”

The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-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, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit


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