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A patient experiencing an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) anywhere in the U.S. can now expect to receive lifesaving reperfusion in less than 90 minutes and often less than 60 minutes. This represents a "transformation in care," says Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC, resulting in large part from ACC’s quality improvement (QI) campaign called the Door-to-Balloon (D2B) Alliance...
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Door-to-Balloon 10 Years Later: Successful Model Sets the Stage for the...

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FITs: Critical care cardiology is a developing and evolving subspecialty within cardiology. The coronary care unit has evolved from a place where patients with an acute myocardial infarction could complete their infarct under medical supervision, to a complex intensive care unit supporting patients with mixed shock, respiratory failure and dependence on mechanical circulatory support devices....
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Current Training in Critical Care Cardiology

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Certified Patient Case: Familiarize yourself with the ACC/AHA Guideline Focused Update on Duration of DAPT in Patients With CAD. Specifically, this exercise will improve competence and performance in treating patients with stable ischemic heart disease with DAPT. Also, you will improve their management of these agents in a patient needing elective surgery. Read more and test your knowledge: [...
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Guideline Education: A Patient With Stable Angina Undergoes PCI

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Editors' Insights: Take a deep dive into pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of complicated pericarditis with JACC [ Ow.ly Link ]
Join the thought leaders of cardiology at the New York Cardiovascular Symposium as they present and discuss this year's most innovative scientific advances — their clinical practice applications — and how the future of cardiovascular medicine will improve patient care. New, revolutionary topics featuring genetics and much more will be covered! Don’t miss the most robust education in the field...
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Dr. Fuster’s Invitation to Attend NY Cardiovascular Symposium (English...

ACC’s New York Cardiovascular Symposium in New York City on Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11, 2016.

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#ACCSAP9 offers up to 155 CME/MOC credits. It’s enough credit to meet all your licensing and certification requirements for several years. Watch the video to learn more: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Earn CME/MOC Credit with ACCSAP 9

Learn how you can claim up to 155 CME/MOC credits with ACCSAP 9. Learn more about ACCSAP 9 by visiting http://www.acc.org/ACCSAP9-YouTUBE

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November is #DiabetesAwarenessMonth. Take advantage of the growing number of ACC resources built to assist clinicians in preventing and treating diabetes. Visit ACC.org and TheDiabetesRegistry.org to access ACC's diabetes-related tools and resources. ACC's CardioSmart team has developed a series of toolkits and practical steps that cardiovascular and diabetes care practices can implement at...
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Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) can often go underdiagnosed and is only first suspected after the occurrence of a heart attack or stroke at a very early age. CardioSmart's FH Infographic helps patients understand FH, including what this inherited condition implies, and teaches them how to identify its signs and what measures to take, if detected. CardioSmart's infographics are ideal...
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FITs: Are you eyeing a career in private or integrated practice, but don’t know where to start? C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, vice president of the ACC, is here to help. Join Dr. Valentine and your peers for “Finding the Right Integrated or Private Practice Job”, a free webinar on December 6 that will cover topics such as developing a timeline for your job search, marketing yourself as a...
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Happy Thanksgiving! The ACC is thankful for its 52,000 members worldwide! [ Ow.ly Link ]
Patient Case Quiz: A 52-year-old female patient is referred to your cardio-oncology clinic for cardiovascular risk stratification and counseling from a cancer survivorship center. Her past medical history is significant for being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the age of 17. Cancer treatment records, obtained through your affiliated cancer survivorship center, reveal that she received a...
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Patient Case Quiz: CV Risk Assessment in a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

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Editors' Insights: Are you up to date on the utility of CT and CMR for the assessment of ischemic heart disease? State of the art review in this week’s JACC examines the role of CT and CMR in evaluating all stages of the ischemic cascade. [ Ow.ly Link ]
The ACC is planning to produce a new version of EchoSAP – the popular self-assessment program on echocardiography – for release in 2018, and is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of editor-in-chief. EchoSAP helps its users prepare for the initial or recertification exam in echocardiography, stay abreast of new advances in the field, teach others and earn CME credit. Interested...
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Call For EchoSAP Editor-in-Chief

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Share your science with over 13,000 attendees from more than 130 countries at ACC.17, held Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Submissions of Late-Breaking Clinical Trials (LBCTs) will be accepted in the following categories: Major Study; Smaller Study/Randomized Clinical Trial; Multi-center Observational Study or Registry; Secondary Analysis of Major Clinical Trial;...
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The ACC recently launched new tools for both clinicians and patients under the Valvular Heart Disease Initiatives, built to improve valvular care through appropriate diagnosis, referral and treatment. The Mitral Regurgitation (MR) Health System Tool guides clinicians in identifying patients with MR and referring them for advanced treatment, while determining the next steps in treatment. On the...
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New ACC Tools Available For Both Clinicians and Patients

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In an interview with Akhil Narang, MD, chair of the FIT Section, and an FIT at the University of Chicago, and Hena Patel, MD, an FIT at Rush University, Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, MACC, immediate past-president of the ACC and chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, discusses his involvement in the ACC, career challenges and accomplishments, and his advice for FITs: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Conversations With Cardiologists: Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, MACC

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Today marks the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout Event as part of Smoking Cessation Month, providing an important opportunity to discuss the impacts of smoking on cardiovascular health. The ACC aims to promote smoking cessation by providing health care providers and their patients with information on the ‘Cost of Lighting Up,’ including national and global statistics on...
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ECG of the Month: An 89-year-old woman presents with a history of hypertension and hyperlipidemia. She is admitted because of "an irregular heart beat" and difficulty with speech as noted by her family. An echocardiogram (ECG) shows left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and left atrial enlargement. View the patient’s ECG and test your knowledge: [ Ow.ly Link ]

ECG of the Month: 89-Year-Old Woman Presents With a History of HTN and...

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Spironolactone in patients hospitalized for acute heart failure (HF) did not reduce NT-pro B-type natriuretic peptide levels more than usual care alone, according to the results of the ATHENA-HF Trial presented Nov. 16 during #AHA16: [ Ow.ly Link ]

ATHENA HF: High-Dose Spironolactone in Acute HF

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