Heart disease is America’s deadliest and most costly health problem. Although there is an abundance of heart health and disease prevention information available, this information has not necessarily translated into healthier lifestyles and risk reduction. Clearly, novel approaches are needed to better activate healthy behavior.

“Patient-centered care is the right thing to do, both in principle and in practice.”1William A. Zoghbi MD, FACC, President, American College of Cardiology

Under the Leadership of President William Zoghbi, MD, FACC, the ACC has spent the past year focused on incorporating patient-centered care — a style of care that emphasizes education and involvement of patients in medical decision making, integration of medical care, and application of principles of disease prevention and behavioral change — into its core activities. One of the biggest accomplishments is the revamping of CardioSmart, the College’s patient-centered initiative that is expanding both nationally and around the world.

This edition of the CardioSurve Newsletter is devoted to “all things patient” and explores a variety of issues related to patient care from the perspective of both clinicians and patients.


  1. ACC in Touch Blog, May 2012