Join ACC, Global Partners for Dedicated Week of Action on NCDs

In age of COVID-19, non-communicable diseases put patients at increased risk of complications

Contact: Katie Glenn,, 202-375-6472

WASHINGTON (May 13, 2020) -

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic lung diseases, are the cause of over 70% of deaths worldwide. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, high-risk patients—particularly those with pre-existing conditions like heart disease—make the prevention and control of NCDs more important than ever.

In an effort to raise awareness of the global public health impact of non-communicable diseases the American College of Cardiology (ACC), has partnered with the World Heart Federation (WHF), NCD Alliance (NCDA) and Pfizer Upjohn for a Week of Action starting May 18 dedicated to raising awareness around the burden of NCDs worldwide. Join the conversation online using #NCDs and #NCDAcademy.

The Week of Action will celebrate the launch of the ACC's NCD Academy. Developed in partnership with WHF and NCDA and with support from Pfizer Upjohn, NCD Academy equips primary care providers with a free mobile app featuring a suite of online certificate programs to enhance, refresh and showcase their knowledge of techniques and therapies for NCD prevention and screening. The first course will focus on cardiovascular disease and stroke and additional courses in cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and mental disorders will be launched in the future. Learn more about the NCD Academy.

The ACC, WHF, NCDA and Pfizer Upjohn will also have experts on hand to speak to efforts like the ACC's Global Prevention Program, created in 2016 through a partnership with Pfizer, that provides clinicians worldwide with the latest science, technology, resources and tools needed to stem the rising tide of cardiovascular disease and reinforce best practices in treating patients. Since its launch, the program has hosted 44 webinars, reaching more than 70,000 clinicians and an estimated 230 million patients across nine countries. Read the full Global Prevention Program Report.

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit


Additional Contacts:

WHF: Mihela Kralj,, +41 22 807 03 27

NCDA: Michael Kessler,, +34 655 792 699

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