The Pulse of ACC

Advancing the CV Care of the Oncology Patient

Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC
Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC

More than 200 cardiologists, oncologists, pharmacists, nurses and other members of the interprofessional care team involved with the cardiovascular care of patients with cancer took part in ACC's annual Advancing the Cardiovascular Care of the Oncology Patient this month. The hybrid course, which took place virtually and in Washington, DC, brought together clinicians and researchers from across the globe to share emerging science, strategies and best practices.

"I am proud to say that the ACC course has set the standards for cardio-oncology education, including joint presentations of oncologists and cardiologists modeling real-life patient care and collaboration across CV and oncology teams," said Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC, who served as co-chair of the course along with Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC. "This year, our theme was collaboration and innovation through science and for our patients."

The meeting included sessions addressing topics like pharmacology essentials for the cardio-oncology practice; how to build and grow a cardio-oncology program; cardiovascular disparities in cancer patients and survivors; physical activity interventions; and a closer look at the global burden of cancer and cardiovascular disease. New this year, the meeting also included joint sessions with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Society of Hematology (ASH). "These sessions are a testament of the commitment of our professional societies to collaborate and address the gaps that exist across specialties," said Barac.

Posters and abstracts were also an important part of the meeting, with the following posters recognized with awards on the last day of the meeting:

Clinical Case Challenge

Primary Author: Vijay U. Rao, MD, PhD; Franciscan Health
Title: High Grade Carotid Disease: Management in Patient Receiving Radiation Therapy

Original Research Abstract: Clinical Science in Cardio-Oncology

Primary Author: Matthew Lui, MD; Washington University of School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Title: Using Features of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy to Augment the Diagnostic Strength of Apical Sparing in Cardiac Amyloidosis

Primary Author: Anjali Rao, MD; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Title: Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction in Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Myocarditis
– Data from the International Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Myocarditis Registry

Original Research Abstract: Translational Science in Cardio-Oncology

Primary Author: Stefan Torelli, MD; Stanford University School of Medicine
Title: Ibrutinib Increases Ventricular Arrhythmia Burden Independently of Atrial Arrhythmia

Professional Development Abstract: Feature Your Cardio-Oncology Clinical Program

Primary Author: Tammy Ditto, BSN, RN; Franciscan Health
Title: Radiation Oncology Nurse Navigation: A Community Cardio-Oncology Program Perspective

ACC Accreditation Services: Making History

ACC Accreditation Services has reached two major milestones in its 25th year of working to transform cardiovascular care: expanding both its global reach and support of Critical Access Hospitals.

Two hospitals in Vietnam – Vinmec Times City and Vinmec Central Park – demonstrated their dedication to guideline-driven cardiovascular care and process improvement, each earning Heart Failure Accreditation and Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation, and becoming the first International Center of Excellence to be awarded in Asia.

To qualify for accreditation, the Vietnamese health system developed a program to manage heart failure and coronary intervention, updated clinical protocols to align with ACC guidelines and recommendations, standardized capacity for all program staff and improved operations with innovative strategies.

The ACC also awarded its first Chest Pain Center Certification – a process geared toward helping Critical Access Hospitals and Freestanding Emergency Departments establish innovative methods of care for low risk NSTE-ACS and STEMI patients – to West Tennessee Healthcare Camden General Hospital in Camden.

The facility met a range of requirements, including participation in ACC's Chest Pain – MI Registry, to secure this achievement.

Click here to learn more about ACC Accreditation. Visit for more information on International Centers of Excellence.

Connect With Global Experts at ACC Latin America 2023

ACC Latin America 2023 Together With Asociación Costarricense de Cardiología will take place Aug. 11-12 in San José, Costa Rica.

Hosted by the ACC and the Costa Rican Association of Cardiology, the two-day conference is designed to deliver an engaging forum to critically examine evidence-based strategies and contemporary best practices targeted to the region. Attendees will have unique opportunities to discuss, share and critique the latest in cardiovascular prevention and care with global experts, while also honing hands-on skills and networking with other clinicians from throughout Latin America.

Click here to learn more and register. Visit for more information on ACC's other international regional conferences and important dates.

JACC: CardioOncology Call For Papers on Health Disparities

JACC: CardioOncology is launching a call for submissions for a special focus issue examining the social and environmental determinants of health and health disparities in the global cardio-oncology population. In line with its commitment to advance actionable science and patient care, the journal will publish a uniquely themed issue to highlight the emerging science in this important area.

Research spanning this topic related to cancer and cardiovascular disease will be considered, including:

  • Epidemiology of health disparities nationally and internationally
  • Environmental factors that may uniquely affect the population suffering from cancer and cardiovascular disease globally
  • Structural, social and individual determinants of health that uniquely affect our cardio-oncology population across each country
  • Multi-level strategies to overcome disparities in health and health care
  • Recognizing that disparities exist across multiple vulnerable populations (race/ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, geographic), work is invited that seeks to understand and mitigate inequities across all

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15. Click here for more information on the submission process. Visit the "Author Center" at for additional calls for papers across JACC Journals.

New ACC Presidential Chat Series "Heart-to-Heart" Debuts This Month

B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC

ACC President B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC, will launch the newest ACC presidential conversation series, Heart-to-Heart, on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. ET. Join Wilson and guests for an inside look at one of the newest Chapter Exchange programs and the important role that global collaboration plays in achieving ACC's Vision of a world where science, knowledge and innovation optimize patient care and outcomes. Hear how ACC State and International Chapters are working together to network, share best practices and translate these learnings into action on the ground. Visit to reserve your spot and for more information.

Clinical Topics: Cardiovascular Care Team, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Acute Heart Failure

Keywords: ACC Publications, Cardiology Magazine, ACC Accreditation, ACC International, Chest Pain, Heart Failure, Registries, Cardiovascular Diseases, Certification, Cardiology, Cardiologists, Oncologists, Pharmacists, Neoplasms, Neoplasms, Awards and Prizes, Hematology, Nurses

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