Despite a 50 percent decline in cardiovascular-related deaths over the last 40 years, heart disease remains the #1 killer in the U.S. (and the world).Despite a 50 percent decline in cardiovascular-related deaths over the last 40 years, heart disease remains the #1 killer in the U.S. (and the world).

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), home to more than 52,000 cardiovascular professionals from across the U.S. and around the world, is dedicated to transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health.

Through its advocacy efforts, the ACC is working to:

  • Create a value-driven health care system
    Strengthen the U.S. health care system by improving the care experience, enhancing the health of populations, and reducing health care costs. Advocate for cardiovascular care interests in the development of alternative payment models.
  • Ensure patient access to care and cardiovascular practice stability
    Ensure patient access to a comprehensive array of services at the hospital or in the office, adequate resources for practices to support patient care, resources to train the cardiovascular workforce of the future, and reduced administrative burdens.
  • Promote the use of clinical data to improve care
    Encourage use of clinical data registries for quality improvement and research, recognition of clinical practice guidelines and appropriate use criteria, and improvements in health information technology.
  • Foster research and innovation in cardiovascular care
    Advocate for the adoption and tracking of new drugs and medical devices, funding for clinical research, improvements to the clinical research infrastructure, and access to new technology.
  • Support efforts to prevent cardiovascular disease
    Advance policies that address risk factors for and reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease, decrease disparities in care and outcomes, and improve access to care for special need populations.

Lawmakers and their staff play a vital role in achieving these priorities. On Sept. 13, more than 400 cardiovascular professionals will meet with legislators on Capitol Hill during ACC’s 25th Annual Legislative Conference to discuss how policies determined in Washington, DC, impact patients and their care team members. Together, we can help improve cardiovascular care across America.