ACC.19 Update

New CHD and Pediatric Cardiology Post-ACC.19 Content

June 11, 2019

ACC Annual Scientific Session 2019

The ACC.19 Meeting Coverage Page on ACC.org now features post-meeting content on congenital heart disease (CHD) and pediatric cardiology to reinforce the teaching points and education presented during ACC.19.

Chapters

ACPC Section Members Receive Research Grants

May 30, 2019

Announcements

Four members of ACC's Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Section recently were among the six recipients of research grants from the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) to advance the science of congenital heart disease (CHD) in adults.

ACC.19 Update

ACPC Section Events at ACC.19

January 25, 2019

ACC Annual Scientific Session 2019

As we gear up for ACC.19, don't miss out on the many ACC ACPC Section gatherings and networking opportunities that take place at the meeting.

Cardiology Magazine, Sept. 2018

Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section | The September Issue of Cardiology, YOUR Member Magazine, is Live! Read it All Online!

September 21, 2018

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

The September 2018 issue of Cardiology, YOUR member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

ACC.19 Update

ACC Members, ACC.19 Registration is Now Open!

September 12, 2018

ACC Annual Scientific Session 2019

ACC.19 registration is NOW OPEN exclusively for ACC members. Nonmember registration will open Wednesday, Sept. 26. Register early for the lowest rates and best selection of hotel rooms!

Tina Varghese, MD

Feature | Why I Chose Preventive Cardiology

August 23, 2018

Feature Article

On Valentine’s Day 1994, I was 5 years old and carefully crafting a card for my grandparents in art class. I remember gluing a white lace heart onto a red sheet of construction paper, excited to share my masterpiece. My grandfather picked me up from the bus stop that afternoon. Once home, he held his chest and reported pain. He tragically died in route to the hospital from a massive myocardial infarction at the age of 61. While I cannot recall if my grandfather’s early death was the impetus for my longstanding aspiration to become a cardiologist, it undoubtedly influenced my interest in preventive cardiology.

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Updated Guidance For Treating ACHD Patients Released

August 18, 2018

The ACC and the American Heart Association have released an updated guideline for the management of adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients. The 2018 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Adults With Congenital Heart Disease, published Aug. 16 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, replaces the original guideline published in 2008, and incorporates new data and growing ACHD expertise.

Cardiology Magazine August 2018

Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section | The August Issue of Cardiology, YOUR Member Magazine, is Live! Read it All Online!

August 16, 2018

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

The August 2018 issue of Cardiology, YOUR member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

Member Benefits

ACPC Develops CHD Young Adult Transition and Transfer Policy Quality Metrics

February 9, 2018

ACPC's Quality Metric Work Group recently developed the CHD Young Adult Transition Policy and the CHD Young Adult Transfer Policy Quality Metrics for use in internal quality improvement programs.  These metrics determine whether or not an institution or clinic has official transition/transfer policies in place for young adults with congenital heart disease available in print or online.

Meetings

Register For the ACPC Section Meeting at ACC.18

February 9, 2018

Leave room on your ACC.18 schedule for the Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section meeting on Sunday, March 11, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. ET, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. This is your chance to interact with Section leadership, connect with colleagues and explore opportunities for involvement.

Join Us

A New Year For the CHD and Pediatric Cardiology Clinical Topic Collection

January 19, 2018

Embarking on its third year at the ACC, the Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology Clinical Topic Collection on ACC.org will continue to be the professional home for the entire congenital and pediatric cardiology cardiovascular team. Over the past year, the Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology Clinical Topic Collection has provided practical clinical guidance for patient care, trainee education and quality improvement.

Meetings

Hear From the Experts on the Hottest Trials From AHA 2017

November 22, 2017

Feature Video

In the latest ACC Cardiology Hour, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, is joined by Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC; Rachel J. Lampert, MD, FACC; Prediman K. Shah, MD, MACC; and Chadwick W. Stouffer, MD, in a roundtable discussion of the hottest trials from AHA 2017 in Anaheim, CA. Among the trials discussed are DACAB, CANVAS, EXSCEL, POISE-2 and more.

Member Benefits

ACPC Quality Network Quality Improvement Activities

September 20, 2017

Physicians participating in the American College of Cardiology’s Adult Congenital and Pediatric (ACPC) quality network can earn Part IV Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits by collecting and submitting data, and meeting meaningful participation requirements outlined by the ACC and American Board of Pediatrics.

Join Us

Apply for ACC’s Membership Committee by Sept. 22

September 12, 2017

In conjunction with the ACC Committee Nominations cycle, the College’s Membership Committee is now accepting applications through Sept. 22. The Membership Committee was established as part of the 2015 College’s governance transformation and serves as standing committee of the College, reporting directly to the Board of Trustees.

Cardiology August 2017

The August 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

August 21, 2017

The August 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

Maintenance of Certification

First Data Standard Published For Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology

July 26, 2017

On July 14, the ACC and the American Heart Association (AHA) published the first extensive data dictionary for the outpatient domain of pediatric and congenital cardiology, the 2017 AHA/ACC Key Data Elements and Definitions for Ambulatory Electronic Health Records in Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Member Benefits

Assess Clinical Knowledge With the ACHD Case Series

July 26, 2017

Test your knowledge and earn continuing medical education credits with the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Case Series on ACC.org. This series of cases focuses on the imaging of rare cases presented as adults for the first time, and includes the pros and cons of different imaging modalities.

Cardiology Magazine, July 2017

The July 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

July 20, 2017

The July 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

Meetings

Call For Applications: Annual Scientific Session Vice Chair

July 20, 2017

The ACC is seeking qualified candidates to serve as vice chair of the Annual Scientific Session for a two-year term of office for ACC.19 and ACC.20, moving on to assume another two-year term as chair of ACC.21 and ACC.22.

Meetings

ACC Participates in NIH Inclusion Across the Lifespan Conference

July 5, 2017

We recently attended a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored workshop titled, Inclusion Across the Lifespan, on behalf of the ACC. The 21st Century Cures Act, signed by Former President Barack Obama in December 2016, mandated the NIH convene a workshop of experts to provide input on appropriate age groups to be included in research studies involving human subjects and acceptable justifications for excluding participants from a range of age groups from human research studies.

Cardiology

The June 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

June 27, 2017

The June 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

ACC.17

This Saturday: All-Section Meeting & Reception at ACC.17

March 14, 2017

Attending ACC.17? Join us for the All-Section Meeting & Reception at ACC.17! The event happening THIS Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis will give you a chance to learn more about what ACC's 19+ Member Sections are working to accomplish and to connect with members in your specialty or interest areas.

ACC.17

This Friday: ACPC Section Meeting at ACC.17

March 14, 2017

Don't miss the ACPC Section Meeting THIS Friday, March 17 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Marquis. Engage with Section leadership, network with your colleagues and have your say on the Section’s goals for 2017. We’ll see you on Friday!

Pediatric Cardiology

Council Perspective Details Process For Developing Pediatric Cardiology Quality Measures

March 3, 2017

ACC's Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Section Leadership Council successfully developed quality measures for pediatric ambulatory care, which led to the development of the ACPC Quality Network as a mechanism to test existing metrics for pediatric cardiology, according to a Council Perspective published Jan. 30 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

ACC.17

Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section Meeting at ACC.17

February 14, 2017

Mark your calendar for the ACPC Section Meeting on Friday, March 17! Taking place at the Washington Marriott Marquis hotel from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., this event is an unrivaled opportunity to network with your peers and hear from ACPC Member Section leadership on accomplishments and initiatives over the past year and where the Section is headed in the future. RSVP now.

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Pediatric Cardiology Workforce Assessment Shows Increased Competition in Field

December 2, 2016

Fellowship training positions in the field pediatric cardiology should be contained at their current levels due to increased competition in the field, according to the U.S. Pediatric Cardiology 2015 Workforce Assessment released Nov. 28 by the ACC, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, and the Society for Pediatric Cardiology Training Program Directors.

Maintenance of Certification

Download CardioSmart’s CHD Infographic

August 22, 2016

One out of every 100 Americans are born with some type of congenital heart defect (CHD), making these the most common birth defects. There are at least 35 known types of heart defects, ranging from relatively minor issues to complex, life-threatening problems.

Adult Congenital Cardiology

Straight Talk: Pediatric Cardiac Care and the Global Health Agenda

August 8, 2016

In the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews, Gerard R. Martin, MD, FACC, medical director of Global Services of Children’s National Health System and chair of ACC’s Population Health Policy and Health Promotion Committee, discusses challenges in global access to care for pediatric patients.

Pediatric Cardiology

ACC Releases CHD Transition Tools

July 21, 2016

Earlier this year a team of pediatric and adult congenital specialists, patients and patient advocates collaborated to develop transition tools to provide resources for congenital heart disease (CHD) specialists, families and young adult patients with CHD...

Cardiology Magazine

From Diagnosis to Discharge and Beyond: A Patient Perspective of Team-Based Care

July 8, 2016

The Spring issue of Cardiology magazine features a story of how team-based care made a life-saving difference in the care of one ACC staff member’s unborn son. Just 20 weeks into her pregnancy, Autumn Niggles, and her husband, Andy, received the unexpected news that their unborn son, Lachlan, had a serious congenital heart defect (CHD). “The most perspective-altering piece of this is that now I see how, when these teams work well, they can make a positive and life-altering difference,” states Autumn...

Pediatric Cardiology

A Growing Body of Evidence For Pediatric and Adult CHD Patients

July 5, 2016

The IMPACT Registry – ACC's registry assessing the prevalence, demographics, management and outcomes of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease (CHD) patients who undergo diagnostic catheterizations and catheter-based interventions – recently welcomed its 100th participating hospital. Launched as a pilot project in 2009, the registry was implemented in December 2010 and now contains five years of robust data....

FDA Update

FDA Approves Covered Stent For Treatment of Aortic Wall Injury

July 5, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the Cheatham Platinum Stent System for the prevention and/or treatment of aortic wall injury in patients with coarctation of the aorta involving a compliant aortic isthmus or first segment of the descending aorta where there is adequate size and patency of at least one femoral artery and balloon angioplasty is contraindicated or predicted to be ineffective....

Adult Congenital Cardiology

ACHD Training Program Directory Updated For 2016

June 9, 2016

As a service to adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) programs and interested applicants, ACC’s Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Section has compiled an ACHD training program directory. In order to allow applicants to interview broadly before they are asked to commit to a program...

Pediatric Cardiology

ACC’s ACPC Quality Network

June 9, 2016

ACC’s ACPC Section has developed the ACPC Quality Network (QNet), which gives participants and practices an avenue to review and pilot sets of congenital heart disease (CHD) quality metrics across several domains in pediatric cardiology and CHD.

Maintenance of Certification

Latest Issue of Cardiology Features a Patient Perspective on Team-Based Care

June 9, 2016

The cover story in the latest issue of Cardiology magazine offers a historical look at the concept of medical professionalism, as well as resources from the ACC for cardiovascular professionals. This issue also highlights news from ACC’s member sections, including a unique perspective on the impact of team-based care for a pediatric patient born with dextro-transposition of the great arteries.

Adult Congenital Cardiology

Emerging Research Directions in ACHD

April 22, 2016

In a recent Review Topic of the Week, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Michelle Gurvitz, MD, MS, FACC, et al., discuss the high-priority research topics for adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), as identified by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute/American Heart Association working group.

Maintenance of Certification

CHD Awareness: Transitioning ACHD Patients Into Specialty Care

February 24, 2016

In a recent post on the ACC in Touch Blog in recognition of Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week, Marion McRae, ACNP-BC, discusses the importance of transitioning adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients into specialty care. "All cardiac care providers can help get ACHD patients back into specialty care by ensuring that they are referred to ACHD clinics where the expertise exists to evaluate and treat everything from simple to complex congenital heart disease."

Meetings

Register to Attend the 2016 Congenital Heart Legislative Conference

January 8, 2016

The Adult Congenital Heart Association, Children’s Heart Foundation, and Pediatric Congenital Heart Association are collaborating to provide an essential opportunity to unite the congenital heart community and inform policy in Washington D.C. on Feb. 1 – 2. The Congenital Heart Legislative Conference provides an opportunity to engage grassroots advocates while also providing targeted education about congenital heart disease (CHD) to U.S. legislators.

Adult Congenital Cardiology

The Responsibility and Power of Advocacy

January 8, 2016

In a recent post on the ACC in Touch Blog, Ada Stefanescu, MD, a fellow in training and a member of ACC’s Adult Congenital Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Section, discusses her experience at ACC’s 2015 Legislative Conference, as well as the renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Adult Congenital Cardiology

Raise CHD Awareness – Design a Tie!

December 17, 2015

The American College of Cardiology is looking for a new tie design and would like to use this effort to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Disease. As such, the ACC is hosting a contest for patients, parents and CHD colleagues who are willing to share their artistic flair.

Best of ACC.org

Best of ACC.org: ACPC by the Numbers

December 3, 2015

The Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Section was one of the two founding Member Sections in the College. During the last decade, ACPC has made exceptional strides in launching quality programs and initiatives to advance salient issues within the ACPC community, in both the ACC and the cardiovascular field as a whole.

Pediatric Cardiology

Directing Our Own Change in Pediatric Cardiology

September 4, 2015

In a recent Board of Governors Update, Geetha Raghuveer, MBBS, FACC, current Governor of the ACC Missouri Chapter, discusses current public health challenges in the field of pediatric cardiology, as well as the pivotal role the ACC can play in advocating for cardiac patients and care providers. “The politics and business of medicine is changing rapidly for all of us, and it is best that we direct our own change,” explains Raghuveer.

FDA Update

FDA Issues Pulmonary Hypertension Warning For Babies Treated With Diazoxide

July 20, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 16 issued a warning for Proglycem (diazoxide) after reports of pulmonary hypertension in infants and newborns treated for low blood sugar with the drug. The FDA reports that the pulmonary hypertension improved after Proglycem was stopped. The agency urges health care professionals to closely monitor infants and newborns being treated with the drug and stop treatment if pulmonary hypertension occurs.

Maintenance of Certification

ABIM Eliminates ‘Double Jeopardy’ MOC Requirement

July 1, 2015

In response to input provided by the ACC and other cardiology specialty societies (SCAI, HRS and HFSA) around the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) new requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC), the ABIM today announced it is eliminating the requirement to maintain underlying certification in a foundational discipline in order to remain certified in a subspecialty. The ABIM Council unanimously passed the proposal to eliminate this “double jeopardy” provision, noting it was clearly an important topic to the internal medicine community.

Adult Congenital Cardiology

Transparency and Truly Informed Consent: A Modest Proposal

June 16, 2015

In a recent post on the ACC in Touch Blog, Robert H. Beekman, III, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC’s Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section and Leadership Council, examines the principle of patient autonomy as it relates to informed decision making and transparency of medical data. “Transparent sharing of medical data is a hot topic in 2015. Patients are pleading for it.

Pediatric Cardiology

CCHD Screening Legislation Heats up on State Level

November 28, 2014

After years of medical specialty societies and patients advocating for universal screening of critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) in newborns, pulse oximetry testing has finally become routine in the majority of states. Since 2012, 30 states have adopted CCHD screening laws and 39 states will have laws requiring newborn screening for CCHD using the pulse oximetry test by July 1, 2014.

Pediatric Cardiology

Innovative Pediatric Learning Network Moves Forward

November 28, 2014

A network of children's hospitals, data partners, and specialty networks is moving forward thanks to an award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop and expand its work as part of PCORnet: the National Patient-Centered National Clinical Research Network.

Pediatric Cardiology

It Really Does Take a Village

November 28, 2014

The responsibilities of pediatric cardiologists are no longer limited to seeing that an infant with complex congenital heart disease (CHD) survives to childhood. Today, there are more adults than children with complex CHD, and the numbers continue to increase by about 5 percent a year.

Robert H Beekman, III, MD, FACC

Meet Your New Section Chair

November 28, 2014

Robert H. Beekman, III, MD, FACC, is the new chair of the ACC's Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section and is currently a professor of pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. He is passionate about improving care for patients born with congenital heart disease, and throughout his career he has been an active clinician and educator. His academic interests include cardiac catheterization and quality improvement, and he has published more than 200 manuscripts in cardiology and pediatric journals.