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JACC International: Professor Eberhard Grube and the Global Approach of TAVR

April 18, 2019

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As the chief of cardiac interventions and innovations at the University of Bonn, consulting professor at Stanford University, and staff physician at Instituto de Cardiologia Dante Pazzanese in São Paulo, Brazil, Professor Eberhard Grube, MD, PhD, FACC, has been closely involved in the technical development and geographical diffusion of TAVR.

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Study Shows Need For Stroke Awareness Education in China

January 31, 2019

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National stroke educational programs that focus on stroke recognition and appropriate responses may be necessary to receive effective reperfusion therapy for acute ischemic stroke in China, according to a study published Jan. 7 in Stroke.

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Cardiac Arrhythmias in Africa: Epidemiology, Management Challenges and Perspectives

January 9, 2019

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Setting a hierarchy of cooperative goals across African countries, beginning with education and health care that is less dependent on high-cost items, may be a solution to addressing cardiac arrhythmias in Africa, according to an article published Jan. 7 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Transcatheter Valve Replacement in Asia Pacific: Current Practice and Perspectives

December 17, 2018

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As Asian Pacific countries are addressing specific challenges such as population-related and public health care system-related issues, achievement in these areas may be pivotal to the wide clinical implementation of transcatheter valve interventions, according to an article published Dec. 10 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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JACC Spanish: A Project to Improve Global CV Care

December 7, 2018

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In a recent Guest Editor's Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Antoni Bayés de Luna, MD, FACC, and Adrian M. Baranchuk, MD, FACC, discuss the barriers to accessing information and desire for readers to stay up-to-date on the most important advances in cardiovascular diseases in their own languages.

Earn ECME Credits With ACC’s New EchoSAP

November 1, 2018

Educational Opportunities

The ACC has launched a brand new version of EchoSAP, ACC's Echocardiography Self-Assessment Program. With more than 100 cases ranging from basic to advanced, plus a comprehensive and integrated syllabus text covering the core curriculum of echocardiography, the program offers a total of 139 hours of European Continuing Medical Education (ECME) credits.

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November 1, 2018

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In a recent Editor's Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and ACC Executive Vice President William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, discuss how JACC Journals and the ACC assist global cardiologists in providing lifelong learning for members.

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ACC Launches Global Heart Attack Treatment Initiative

September 25, 2018

As part of the College’s ongoing commitment to the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and in alignment with ACC’s Vision of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes, the ACC has launched a new Global Heart Attack Treatment Initiative. The initiative was launched to coincide with the third United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on NCDs, which is taking place Sept. 27 in New York.

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International Center | The September Issue of Cardiology, YOUR Member Magazine, is Live! Read it All Online!

September 21, 2018

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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!

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Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub and the Aswan Heart Centre

September 17, 2018

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A legend in cardiac surgery, Magdi H. Yacoub, MB, BCH, FACC, spent his early years following his surgeon father around Egypt on a path determined by medical need and government imperatives.

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Rheumatic Heart Disease Worldwide

September 17, 2018

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The integration of rheumatic heart disease into the broader global health agenda may ensure that future generations grow up free from this preventable disease, according to a paper published Sept. 10 in Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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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!

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A Legacy of Global Advocacy and Education

September 7, 2018

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On Sept. 27, the United Nations General Assembly will hold the third high-level meeting on the prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in New York. The meeting will focus on what progress has been made to date toward reaching the global target of a 25 percent reduction in premature mortality from heart disease and stroke by 2025.

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Is Edoxaban Safer Than Warfarin in Asian AFib Patients?

September 7, 2018

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In Asian patients with atrial fibrillation, edoxaban might be associated with reduced risk of ischemic stroke, major bleeding and all-cause death compared with warfarin, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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International Center | 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!

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Present Your Innovative CV Product to Leaders From Across Asia

August 7, 2018

The ACC is hosting an exciting new event at its 2018 Asia Conference — the ACC Innovation Challenge! The ACC is looking for five to seven medical technology startups working to transform the future of cardiovascular health to compete at the ACC Innovation Challenge, taking place Dec. 2 in Shanghai, China. MORE...

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Share Your Science at the ACC International Conferences

August 7, 2018

The ACC is hosting three International Conferences — in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Lima, Peru; and Shanghai, China — where international and regional experts come together to deliver an interactive educational experience with the unique perspective of clinical practice within each region. MORE...

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Attending ESC Congress? Meet With the JACC Journals Editors-in-Chief

August 7, 2018

The JACC Journals editorial board is hosting their annual open board meeting and reception during ESC Congress to meet and engage with aspiring and established researchers and JACC Journals reviewers. All individuals interested in learning more about the JACC family of journals are invited to attend. The event serves as an opportunity to hear directly from and speak with the editors-in-chief, network with colleagues and celebrate the great work being done in cardiovascular research. MORE...

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ACC's International Outreach Receives Award

July 23, 2018

For the second year, ACC’s Global ASCVD Prevention Program was recognized by the American Society of Association Executives with a Power of A Silver Award, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals in the areas of enriching lives, creating a competitive workforce, preparing society for the future, driving innovation and making a better world.

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JACC Now Offers European CME Credit

July 23, 2018

Clinicians can now earn European Continuing Medical Education (ECME) credits by completing online activities for select Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) articles. The Journal is offering two ECME credits per month upon successful completion of related self-assessment questions for each article.

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening in Sweden

July 13, 2018

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening may not substantially contribute to large observed reductions in AAA mortality, according to a study recently published in The Lancet. Minna Johansson, MD, et al., assessed how AAA screening in Sweden affected disease-specific mortality, incidence and surgery in a cohort of 65-year-old men who completed screening from 2006 to 2009.

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Share Your Science at the ACC Middle East Conference 2018

July 13, 2018

Showcase your work among global experts in the field at the 2018 ACC Middle East Conference and submit your abstracts today. For a full description of the selection process, preparation tips and evaluation criteria, view our Call for Abstract Instructions.

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Implementation of TAVR in France

May 8, 2018

A recent journal scan reviews a study that determined the number of aortic valve replacements (AVRs) performed in France, changes over time and the effect of adopting transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Read more >>>

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Best of ACC China Program

April 9, 2018

"ACC in China," a high-end academic exchange platform jointly initiated by the ACC and Bayer HealthCare Limited, aims to provide Chinese cardiovascular doctors with up-to-date information on the latest ACC Annual Scientific Session (ACC.18) and promote in-depth communication between Chinese and American physicians. Read more >>>

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International Perspectives Sessions at ACC.18

February 21, 2018

Join the ACC in expanding your global understanding of cardiovascular disease by attending any of the 16 International Perspectives Sessions that are planned for ACC.18, featuring representation from more than 30 international societies. Read more >>>

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Webinar Series: Prevention of CVD

January 22, 2018

On Jan. 30, the ACC will return to China for the first of 14 webinars covering the topic of prevention, which will take place in countries around the world throughout 2018.

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WHF Condemns Foundation For Ties to Tobacco Industry

October 25, 2017

The World Heart Federation (WHF), and its partners in the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, published correspondence in The Lancet condemning outright the launch of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, describing the foundation as a vehicle for the tobacco industry due to collaboration with international cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris International. Read more >>>

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Troponin and Mortality in Acute Ischemic Stroke

May 12, 2017

Hypertroponinemia, in the context of acute ischemic stroke, without concurrent myocardial infarction was associated with structural cardiac disease and long-term mortality, according to a study featuring admissions data from the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, and published in Stroke. Read more >>>

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Low Socioeconomic Status a Critical CV Risk Factor Across the Globe

May 12, 2017

Low socioeconomic status may be associated with substantial reductions in life expectancy and should be regarded as a major risk factor for ill health and early death in national and global health policies, according to a study in The Lancet . Authors suggest that both socioeconomic adversity and risk factors for non-communicable diseases should be targeted by health strategies. Read more >>>

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Impact of Defibrillation Therapy Over Cardiac Resynchronization in HF Prevention

April 13, 2017

Nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy patients do not appear to benefit from additional primary prevention implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy in the setting of heart failure patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy indication when compared to those with ischemic cardiomyopathy, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, in which observational multicenter consortium data network from France, Sweden and the United Kingdom was queried. Read more >>>

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PARADIGM-HF: Impact on Global Mortality and Morbidity in Heart Failure

April 13, 2017

The use of sacubitril/valsartan was beneficial in treating heart failure patients due to reduced ejection fraction when compared with enalapril, according to PARADIGM-HF trial results presented at ACC.17. Sacubitril/valsartan was associated with a reduction in CV death and hospitalization for heart failure and a slowed progression of heart failure. Read more >>>

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Brugada ECG Pattern More Prevalent in Thailand Than Other Asian Countries

April 7, 2017

Prevalence of type-1 Brugada electrocardiogram pattern is higher in central Thailand than other Asian countries, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Some clinical manifestations of Brugada syndrome include ventricular fibrillation and tachycardia, sudden cardiac death, syncope and chest pain. Read more >>>

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Does Providing Dietary Advice and Food Improve Body Weight and CVD Risk Factors?

March 16, 2017

A randomized trial exploring the efficacy of various dietary interventions for improving body weight and cardiovascular disease was recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Authors found that the retention of participants was higher in interventional programs in which food was provided, however, this only moderately increased participants’ increased intake of recommended foods. Read more >>>

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Adherence to Healthy Lifestyle May Reduce CVD in Chinese Population

March 14, 2017

Adherence to a healthy lifestyle would substantially lower the burden of cardiovascular disease in China, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study revealed that factors like current smoking status, alcohol consumption, rate of physical activity and diet were independently associated with risk of major coronary events and ischemic stroke. Approximately 68% of major coronary events and 39% of the ischemic stroke cases observed were attributable to poor adherence to healthy lifestyle. Read more >>>

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Secondary Prevention in Patients After Myocardial Infarction With Nonobstructive Coronary Arteries

March 7, 2017

Authors observed long-term beneficial effects on outcome in patients after myocardial infarction (MI) with nonobstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA) following treatment with statins and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin-receptor blockers (ACEI/ARBs), a trend toward a positive effect following beta-blocker treatment, and a neutral effect following dual antiplatelet therapy, in a study published in Circulation. These data support the use of statins, and ACEI/ARBs for patients who have been diagnosed with MI and MINOCA. Read more >>>

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Benznidazole and Posaconazole in Eliminating Parasites in T. Cruzi Carriers

March 6, 2017

In a study exploring the effects of combination therapy with benznidazole and posaconazole in T. cruzi carriers, authors observed no advantages with combined therapy when compared to benznidazole monotherapy. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, reports that among individuals with chronic asymptomatic T. cruzi infection, posaconazole had significant short-term trypanostatic therapy; however, this effect was not sustained. Monotherapy with benznidazole was superior to posaconazole monotherapy, and achieved conversion of T. cruzi in all subjects on treatment by 30 days, which was sustained for at least one year. Read more >>>

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Changing Landscape for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

March 3, 2017

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published a study exploring changes in the characteristics of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients since the 2011 introduction of nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs). Authors concluded that NOACs have been widely adopted for stroke prevention in newly diagnosed nonvalvular AF patients, however, undertreatment (no therapy or use of antiplatelet therapy only) was common in both North America and Asia. Notably, a significant proportion of new AF patients are electing to use vitamin K antagonists, a sign that warfarin will continue to have an important role for stroke prevention in AF for years to come. Read more >>>

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Review of Cardiovascular Consequences From Sleep Apnea

March 2, 2017

Cardiologists need to join the sleep community in completing clinical trials evaluating the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among patients at risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), as well as patients with symptomatic CVD. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published a list of key points in response to a review of the cardiovascular consequences of OSA, including mechanisms linking OSA and CVD and various treatment strategies for OSA. Read more >>>

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Is There a Relationship Between Waist-to-Hip Ratio and Coronary Heart Disease?

March 1, 2017

A genetic predisposition to higher waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) was associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus and coronary heart disease (CHD), according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Elevated WHR has been associated with atherosclerosis severity and myocardial infarction in several studies, although the degree to which elevated WHR directly influences CHD is unknown. This study provides support for a direct relationship between elevated WHR and CHD, and suggests that therapeutic targeting of pathways that influence distribution of body fat may reduce risk for diabetes mellitus and CHD. Read more >>>

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Regional Analysis of First Trimester Screening For Congenital Heart Defects

February 28, 2017

First trimester screening has a significant impact on the spectrum of congenital heart defects (CHD) and on the outcomes of pregnancies with CHD diagnosed in the second trimester, according to a retrospective review performed in Southern Monrovia and published in Circulation. Early detection of severe forms of CHD and significant comorbidities resulted in an increased pregnancy termination rate in the first trimester. Read more >>>

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Flu, Pneumonia Vaccines May Benefit Heart Failure Patients cvCHF

February 24, 2017

Flu and pneumonia vaccines may improve the quality of life and outcomes of heart failure (HF) patients by providing cost-effective protection against life-threatening respiratory infections, according to a review paper published in JACC: Heart Failure. Influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia are two common infectious conditions with significant associated morbidity and mortality. Vaccination could serve as a low-cost intervention preventing the significant system-wide cost associated with heart failure (HF). Large-scale, clinical trial data are limited in determining the true risks and benefits of vaccination specifically in the HF population. Read more >>>

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Stroke as the Initial Manifestation of Atrial Fibillation

February 24, 2017

Stroke is an uncommon, but measurable, presenting feature of atrial fibrillation according to a study published in Stroke. The authors found that their data suggest that emphasizing cost-effectiveness and population-wide atrial fibrillation screening efforts could improve population-level stroke rates. Read more >>>

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Intensive vs. Standard Blood Pressure Lowering in Older Hypertensive Patients

February 22, 2017

Intensive blood pressure (BP)-lowering treatment decreased major adverse cardiovascular events in older hypertensive patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. However, intensive BP lowering increased risk of renal failure. The authors said, "It appears that in older patients, the cardiovascular benefit of intensive therapy may come at the expense of increase in adverse events, and clinicians should carefully consider risk versus benefit for the individual patient." Read more >>>

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Effectiveness of Personalized Risk Information and Invitations to Smoking Cessation Sessions

February 20, 2017

According to a study published in Lancet, the delivery of personalized risk information accompanied by a customized invitation for an introductory Stop Smoking session more than doubled the odds of smokers attending the session when compared with the standard generic invitation to contact one of England's National Health Service Stop Smoking Service centers. This research supports the use of tailored messaging to smokers to initiate participation in smoking cessation programs. Read more>>>

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Study: Relationship Between Gender, Socioeconomic Status and CVD

February 17, 2017

The reduction of socioeconomic inequalities in cardiovascular disease outcomes may require different approaches for men and women, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The data suggest that women with lower levels of education may be at increased risk for adverse outcomes, but efforts to reduce these disparities will likely improve cardiovascular health across all genders. Articles included in this analysis were sourced from Asia, Europe, North America and Australasia. Read more >>>

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Are Lifestyle Factors Associated With Stroke Severity?

February 17, 2017

A healthy lifestyle may not be associated with a lower risk of adverse stroke outcomes, according to a study published in Stroke. A total of 82,597 patients presenting with acute stroke were identified using the Danish Stroke Registry. An unhealthy lifestyle did not increase the risk of severe stroke, in-hospital pneumonia or urinary tract infection, but being underweight was associated with a higher 30-day mortality for men and women. Read more >>>

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ACC International Regional Conference Program Expands to Include Asia Pacific

February 1, 2017

Building on the 2016 success of pilot conferences in Latin America and the Middle East, the College will expand the International Regional Conference Program to include an Asia Pacific conference, held Dec. 1 – 3, 2017, in Shanghai, China. The 2017 program will also include innovative educational conferences in Mexico City, Mexico, held June 22 – 24, and Dubai, UAE, held Oct. 19 – 21. Read More >>>

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27th Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology

July 26, 2016

ACC President, Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, will lead an ACC delegation to the 27th Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology from October 13-16, in Beijing, China. There will be three joint sessions on Advances in Cardiac Imaging in 2016, Geriatric Cardiology: Are We Prepared For the Tsunami?, and ACCi2@GWICC.... Read more >>>

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Latest Issue of Cardiology Focuses on Reaffirming the Importance of Professionalism

July 6, 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 new appointments in global health, how the ACC is shaping the future of global health, and the Stepathlon CV Health Study showing how interactive, mobile-based health approaches...Read more >>>

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13th Annual ACC in China Summit

April 29, 2016

For the 13th year, the ACC held a broadcast of Annual Scientific Session highlights to a live audience of 3,500 cardiovascular physicians across China.

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ACC President Pens Piece on China’s Role in Population Health

April 25, 2016

ACC President, Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, recently authored a perspective piece titled, “China may hold answers to addressing cardiovascular disease epidemic,” published in the April issue of the Journal of Translational Internal Medicine.

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ACC/AHA Joint Session at WCC

April 11, 2016

This year the ACC will hold a joint session with the American Heart Association (AHA) during the World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health (WCC) in Mexico City, Mexico, June 4–7.

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Voices For Global Health

March 10, 2016

The ACC continues to be recognized as an international leader in the fight to improve cardiovascular care worldwide through two new key appointments in global health.

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Championing Change in China

January 29, 2016

The ACC recently partnered with the Chinese Society of Cardiology (CSC) to launch a cardiovascular disease education and awareness program that will prepare physicians and hospital systems for a nationwide health care shift that supports heart disease prevention and optimal patient care.

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Cardiovascular Symposium in India

January 29, 2016

The ACC continues to play an important role in improving cardiovascular care worldwide. Recently, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and eleven other ACC faculty attended the Cardiovascular Symposium extended over two days, on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, in Mumbai, India.

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A "PINNACLE" Presence in Mexico

January 29, 2016

The ACC continues to broaden the reach of its outpatient cardiovascular data registries worldwide. Most recently the ACC partnered with its Mexico Chapter, in collaboration with both the Sociedad Mexicana de Cardiología and the Asociación Nacional de Cardiólogos de México, to establish a registry network that is aligned with the PINNACLE Registry.

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Survey Indicates International FIT Satisfaction With the ACC

September 30, 2015

The majority of ACC International Fellows in Training (FITs) are both very/extremely familiar with the College and very/extremely satisfied, according to a recent ACC survey of International FIT members. Satisfaction was highest among FITs in the Asia Pacific region (86 percent), as well as in the South America/Central America/Caribbean region (80%).

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International Expansion: ACC Consortium Chapter of Serbia and Republic of Srpska

May 29, 2015

Earlier this year, Serbia and the Republic of Srpska became ACC's 34th full-fledged International Chapter. Before meeting all necessary requirements to officially become a Chapter, it was ACC's first International Chapter in formation, working towards increasing its membership to meet the 20 FACC threshold required to become a complete Chapter...

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4TS Conference 2015

January 7, 2015

Next month, the American College of Cardiology will support the Top to Toe Transcatheter Solutions Conference, 4TS in collaboration with our ACC UAE Chapter...

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Educational Programs and Partnerships in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

October 3, 2014

In September, the ACC International Affairs team and SUN Pharma partnered to bring the Best of ACC.14 educational programs to more than 1,400 physicians and cardiovascular care team members in South East Asia. This is the eighth year of the very successful ACC and SUN Pharma, "BEST OF ACC" collaboration. ACC Faculty provided the latest practice innovations, new techniques and recent research findings directly to the physicians and cardiac care teams in Chennai and Mumbai, Kathmandu in Nepal and Dhaka in Bangladesh...