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Braunwald to Kick Off Legends of Cardiovascular Medicine Series
The Legends of Cardiovascular Medicine series will kick off during the ACC.12 Opening Session and Late Breaking Clinical Trials on Saturday, March 24 from 8 -10 a.m. with the Simon Dack Lecture featuring Eugene Braunwald, MD, MACC.

As part of the ACC.12 Legends of Cardiovascular Medicine series, Braunwald will share with the audience his unique professional history of accomplishments and contributions to the cardiovascular field; key milestones that changed practice in his particular area of expertise; and insights into the future of cardiovascular care. In particular, his lecture, “The Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction – Into the Second Century,” will take the 50,000 foot view of how the field of myocardial infarction first developed. He will explore the first breakthrough -- the development of the coronary care unit -- which cut mortality in half.

“It took 50 years for that to happen,” says Braunwald.  “But the current number of MI deaths is still quite high. There’s still a significant problem, so what are we going to do about it?” He will answer by exploring three aspects of therapy on the horizon that look quite promising and the reasons why they are likely to be incorporated into practice in the next 10 to 15 years.

Following the lecture, Braunwald will be on hand for a special Q&A session to talk about his mentors, guiding principles, lessons learned, advice to fellows and other introspective thoughts from his own life story.  On being named a legend, he says he is honored to be in such extraordinary company and holds his fellow legends in the highest regard.

“I’m doing work that is very exciting, right now,” he said. “Research isn’t past tense – I do research, not I did research. Each day is a gratifying adventure and we’re making as much progress now as I did 60 years ago.”

Since attending his first annual meeting in 1960, Braunwald says he looks forward to the exciting clinical investigations every year. “Clinical research is a field that has one foot in basic science and one foot in clinical medicine. I’ve been to a lot of meetings that have been straight clinical and some that are very basic but the ACC merges the two extremely well.”

A New Pathway at ACC.12 for Cardiovascular Administrators!
ACC.12 will feature a new Practice Performance, Improvement and Administration Pathway to help practice administrators and other cardiovascular professionals navigate the myriad changes in the practice landscape.

The pathway features daily educational programming featuring practical advice from experts, as well as case studies showcasing best practices on topics like health IT, hospital integration, cardiovascular service line management, medical liability and health care reform impacts. 

“Attendees will find programming that addresses the challenges that cardiovascular professionals face in clinical practice today, as well as programming that provides them with the tools to adapt to the changing healthcare environment and deliver quality care to their patients,” says Jerome Hines, MD, FACC, co-chair of the Practice Performance, Improvement and Administration Track.

Attendees will learn what’s new in physician compensation models, explore the ins and outs of data collection for quality reporting, and participate in sessions on coding and coding and reimbursement, added Co-Chair Jerry Kennett, MD, FACC. In addition, the ACC/MedAxiom/ACCA series on physician-hospital integration will deliver critical tips for success in negotiating contracts, defining physician value, avoiding pitfalls and making it all work.  Learn more about the pathway.

Watch Sessions Online at ACC.12
This year, the ACC will offer a new and unique feature which will enable attendees to experience sessions at ACC.12 even after they have been completed.  ACC.12 Online will have live webcasts of 60 sessions and on demand programs for 18 additional sessions — all available for free to attendees during the meeting.

The sessions available include topics about heart failure, interventional cardiology, arrhythmia and key late-breaking clinical trials. Attendees will also have access to the Legends of Cardiovascular Medicine Lecture Series and 12 core curriculum sessions. 

Help Shape the Future of CardioSmart at ACC.12
The goal of ACC’s CardioSmart initiative is to partner to prevent, treat, and manage cardiovascular disease by offering people everyday strategies for heart health. By focusing on the health care relationship, CardioSmart aims to help providers interact more effectively with patients and their care teams. To that end, several CardioSmart-sponsored events and activities during ACC.12 will provide a sneak peak at product offerings and provide educational sessions on how to incorporate patient-centered care into everyday practice.

Among the activities planned, a special CardioSmart Pavilion on the Expo floor that will showcase CardioSmart partners and their tools. In addition, ACC.12 attendees can help shape the future of CardioSmart – and get a chance to win an iPad – by taking part in usability testing on March 24 and 25 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Expo Suite #14052. These 30-minute sessions (which can be scheduled at ACC Central) will help CardioSmart staff develop a new site that best meets the needs of clinicians and their patients. Also, Foody and the CardioSmart team will provide sneak previews of the proposed web designs and features during two ACC Central Theater presentations on Saturday and Sunday from 12:15-12:45 p.m.

On Saturday, don’t miss a special session from 8-9:30 a.m. in Room N226 on “Patient-Centered Care: The New Imperative.” Also on Saturday, Michelle May, MD, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle, will deconstruct the Mindful Eating Cycle and explore the bio-psycho-social drivers of each decision point in the CV Theater located on the Expo floor (#22097). This session, which will start at 11:15 a.m., will provide attendees with a powerful and universal approach to the complex issues contributing to problematic eating behaviors and six unconventional strategies that promote heart healthy lifestyles that could help improve outcomes.

More information on CardioSmart is available at

ACCi2 with TCT: Hot Abstracts
Check out the first in a series of brief CardioSourceNews interviews about ACC-i2 with TCT abstracts. CardioSourceNews interviewed Siddharth A. Wayangankar, MD, MPH, about the abstract, “Hemorrhagic and Ischemic Outcomes Following Bivalirudin vs. Unfractionated Heparin during Carotid Artery Stenting: Analysis from the NCDR®."
ACC: Briefly explain the hypothesis and overarching goals of your abstract.
Dr. Wayangankar: While the safety and efficacy of bivalirudin has been extensively studied in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), limited data are available comparing bivalirudin to unfractionated heparin (UFH) in carotid artery stenting (CAS). The purpose of this study was to compare the safety and efficacy of bivalirudin against UFH in CAS. We tested the hypothesis that, with regards to safety and efficacy, bivalirudin is non-inferior to UFH in patients undergoing CAS.  You can learn about the results on Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon in Hall A of McCormick Place South (Poster #562.)

ACC: What are you looking forward to most about ACC.12?
Dr. Wayangankar: ACC.12 is a great platform for budding academicians like me, providing an opportunity to discuss this ground breaking data with the meeting attendees. Interacting with distinguished researchers will help me further my current and future projects. I am also looking forward to participating in the Fellows In Training (FITs) forums during the meeting.

This App's for You: New ACC.12 eMeeting Planner
The new ACC.12 eMeeting Planner app, which is available for the iPad, iPhone and Andriod, is focused on helping attendees plan ahead in how to make best use of all the educational content and offerings during the meeting. Attendees can easily search and browse sessions and exhibits and create an easy-to-use schedule. Animated maps are designed to help attendees navigate the convention center. In addition, the app allows users to access the ACC.12 Twitter feed and local Chicago tourism information. Attendees will also be able to download eBooks of the Final Program, Program-At-A-Glance, JACC Abstract Supplement or CardioSourceNews from ACC.12.

Search ACC.12 in your app store or browse to: to download the app now!

Practice Administrator Looks Forward to ACC.12
CardioSourceNews sat down with Tammy Plumb, MBA, CPA, administration in the department of Cardiology at Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates in Houston, to learn how she became involved with the ACC and what she's most looking forward to at ACC.12 in Chicago. “[ACC.12] is a unique opportunity to take in the latest and best information on key issues and to network with administrative and physician colleagues across the country and around the world,” says Plumb.  Read the complete interview.


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