ACC Launches New Advocacy Action Alert System

Your ACC has launched a new grassroots Advocacy Action Alert system, VoterVoice. Sharing your opinion with legislators and decision makers has never been easier!

How It Works: ACC Advocacy will post announcements about essential legislation at the state and federal level and share these Action Alerts with members via email. With just a few easy clicks, ACC members can contact their legislators or regulators via email, phone or Twitter to share their support or opposition to policies impacting cardiology and patient care. This system offers many exciting benefits, including the ability for ACC members to share Action Alert links directly with other members.

Take Action: Watch for important Action Alert emails from ACC staff or chapter executives, and visit ACC.org/AdvocacyAction today! Questions? Email advocacyleg@acc.org.

Geriatric Infographic Now Available

Heart disease is the most frequent condition in older adults and the number one cause of death. For people older than 75, high blood pressure is the most common heart condition, followed by coronary artery disease and heart failure. To help these patients better manage their health, the ACC’s CardioSmart team has created an infographic with health tips for older adults. The infographic offers advice on how to stay healthy, as well as how to plan for the future. Download it for free and visit CardioSmart.org/OlderAdults for more tips on this subject.

ManageMR App and Toolkit Now Available

The ACC recently launched the ManageMR app to offer clinicians personalized referral and treatment advice for diagnosed mitral regurgitation patients by verifying the severity and etiology of the MR. Clinicians can enter patient parameters from an Echo assessment and review customized advice on: probable severity and etiology of a patient’s MR; need for referral; and feasibility of mitral valve repair vs. replacement for the patient. This app is part of ACC’s ManageMR Toolkit created to guide clinicians from assessment to referral of diagnosed MR patients. Download the ManageMR App for free and learn more about ACC’s mobile resources at ACC.org/Apps.

New Leadership Saves Lives Toolkit Available

The ACC recently launched the Leadership Saves Lives (LSL) Toolkit, a companion initiative to Surviving MI. The toolkit includes practical tools and insights about how hospitals achieve culture change. LSL was created on a team-based leadership intervention in ten U.S. hospitals to: promote uptake of evidence-based strategies associated with better 30-day risk standardized mortality rates for patients with acute myocardial infarction, drive improvements in five domains of organizational culture and reduce RSMR. Find out more and download the toolkit at CVQuality.ACC.org.

JACC: Heart Failure Call For Papers: Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction represents a large and growing population of heart failure patients today. JACC: Heart Failure is focusing on the growing body of literature with a special issue on this topic. To advance scientific understanding and patient care around this emerging epidemic, this uniquely themed issue will feature original research, clinical trials, meta-analysis or position statements from societies or advocacy groups. Topics spanning this theme will be considered. Interested authors should submit their papers via JACCSubmit-HeartFailure.org on or before March 2. Final publication is planned for the August 2018 issue of JACC: Heart Failure. Accepted papers will also be displayed on the JACC: Heart Failure website in an “online before print” format. Learn more on HeartFailure.OnlineJACC.org.

JACC Editor’s Page: High Blood Pressure Guidelines

In a recent Editor’s Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, discusses the new ACC/American Heart Association guideline for high blood pressure that was published in November. Fuster highlights three takeaways from the guideline: (1) the importance of not unnecessarily treating patients; (2) the fact that a large percentage of Americans with high blood pressure levels are not being properly treated based on both the old and the new guidelines; and (3) that many Americans are not aware that they have high blood pressure, showing the importance of identifying patients who are hypertensive. “[B]lood pressure management presents the first real opportunity for personalized medicine within the cardiovascular field,” Fuster writes. “Caregivers should be discussing blood pressure with their patients to understand the appropriate level for each person. Furthermore, we need to prioritize those patients who have high blood pressure. The attention that the guideline has received may present just the opportunity to broach these conversations with each of our patients individually.” Read more. Visit the guideline hubs on OnlineJACC.org and ACC.org for additional commentary, tools and resources.

ACTION Registry Launches Quality Measures and Metrics Open Comment Survey

As part of its ongoing effort to collect meaningful data and improve patient care, the ACC is launching an open comment period on the ACTION Registry Version 3.0 proposed performance measures and quality metrics. The ACTION Registry is the leading source for acute coronary syndrome data used by health systems, hospitals and cardiovascular care teams to measure performance and improve quality. Registry participation helps hospitals apply ACC clinical guideline recommendations in their facilities and provides invaluable tools to measure care, achieve quality improvement goals and reduce health care costs. Before completing the survey, please review the draft ACTION Registry Measures and Metrics. The survey should take approximately 5–10 minutes to complete and will close Feb. 16. Visit ACC.org to participate in the survey.

Read the Most Talked About JACC Journal Articles from 2017

Research published in JACC Journals was among the most talked about in cardiology last year. Find out which articles published in JACC and the five JACC specialty journals received the most media and social media attention throughout the world in 2017. The JACC Journals team has compiled lists for each journal using data from Altmetric. View the top articles and their attention scores at JACC.org/MostTalkedAbout. Learn more about publishing in JACC Journals.

JACC Leadership Page: Cardiovascular Health System Leadership

In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Edward T.A. Fry, MD, FACC, ACC chair and incoming trustee and Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, ACC president, discuss leadership in cardiovascular health care. They write that during this time of unprecedented, accelerating change, today’s leaders must be “change managers” and visionaries while also possessing analytic expertise and emotional intelligence. Fry and Walsh discuss the rise of the dyad model of leadership—a partnership between a clinical and an administrative leader. Each partner brings a unique set of skills and background that complements the other. With the growing frequency of health care mergers, the future of the cardiovascular field depends on strong leadership. “[C]ardiac specialists must step up and lead care transformation to meet the goals of better outcomes, greater access, higher value, and optimal professional engagement,” Fry and Walsh write. “As members of the cardiac care team, we have the experience, skills, opportunities, resources, passion, and moral authority to do so successfully.” Read more.

February ACC.org Tip of the Month: Read Cardiology Magazine Online

Cardiology magazine is your one-stop source for cardiovascular research and ACC news and reading it online just got easier. The flagship member publication of your professional home, Cardiology is a can’t-miss monthly publication that combines clinical news, expert commentary, ACC updates and more into one source. Thanks to the enhanced Cardiology landing page on ACC.org, readers can quickly scroll through every article headline from the current issue without leaving the page. Links to the full catalog of back issues and social media sharing tools are also available. Bookmark ACC.org/Cardiology to catch up on this important member resource featuring the most relevant topics in cardiology and valued mainstays like JACC in a Flash, Journal Wrap, Heart of Health Policy and more.