CardioSmart: The ACC's Patient Education and Empowerment Initiative

The Geriatric Cardiology Section has worked with the ACC’s CardioSmart — to develop a new information and resource center about Older Adults and Heart Disease. The link to the Older Adults information center is

The Section also developed an accompanying infographic for exam rooms and waiting areas — Health Tips for Older Adults. Members may request up to three (3) large color posters by emailing with your name, mailing address and the name of the poster (Health Tips for Older Adults).

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Work Group Leader
Karen Alexander, MD, FACC, Chair

Work Group Members
Parag Goyal, MD
Mathew Maurer, MD, FACC
Mike Rich, MD, FACC
Nanette Wenger, MD, MACC
Susan Zieman, MD, PhD, FACC

The Education & Training Work Group is responsible for the development of educational offerings pertaining to the care of older adults with cardiovascular disease. The work group also advocates for geriatric cardiology training for CV clinicians.

Additionally, the work group develops educational materials for patients and caregivers — working in partnership with ACC’s CardioSmart.

The Geriatric Cardiology Member Section will be updated regularly. Work Group members are urged to suggest opportunities to enhance the available resources. Suggestions may be sent to the Education & Training Work Group at

  Essentials of Cardiovascular Care in Older Adults (ECCOA) Curriculum
  Essentials of Cardiovascular Care in Older Adults (ECCOA) Curriculum

Essentials of Cardiovascular Care for Older Adults (ECCOA) is a case-based learning curriculum, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, that spans topics including pharmacology, physiology, syncope, heart failure, prevention, and others. The curriculum was developed in response to national mandates to improve the understanding and care of older adults put forth in ACGME post-graduate training guidelines and Cardiology Fellowship Guidelines. The last iteration of the ECCOA curriculum, consisting of 14 modules and was certified for Continuing Medical Education (CME), Continuing Nursing Education (CNE), Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

The curriculum is currently being updated for re-certification in 2019.

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