Young Athletes and Heart Health Infographic Now Available

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the number one medical cause of death in young athletes. SCA often happens in young people who don’t know they have a heart problem. To raise awareness about this issue and help patients learn more about this condition, the ACC’s CardioSmart team has created an infographic as well as a new sports and SCA condition center. The infographic offers information about warning signs and how to prevent SCA and can be downloaded for free. For more information and resources on this topic, visit CardioSmart.org/Sports.

New Cardiac Rehab Performance and Quality Measures Released

A comprehensive set of performance and quality measures for patients who are eligible to participate in cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) were released by the ACC and American Heart Association, in collaboration with the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, on March 29 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The new measure set includes six performance measures and three quality measures, and updates the original measure set released in 2007 and the 2010 focused update. They build upon recent evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and scientific statements, and include feedback from peer review and public comments. Read more on ACC.org.

ACC, Medscape Launch Atrial Fibrillation Center of Excellence

The ACC and Medscape recently launched a new Atrial Fibrillation Center of Excellence, which includes original content and updates on the latest trials, statements and commentary affecting patient treatment and outcomes. The second of ACC and Medscape’s co-branded Centers of Excellence, the new center will deliver practical, actionable insights to cardiologists, internists and other physicians treating patients with AFib. The first center highlighting cardiovascular risk reduction launched in March.

ACC PINNACLE Advance Care Planning Toolkit Now Available

The ACC recently launched the PINNACLE Advance Care Planning Toolkit to help providers understand, integrate and document advance care planning into their routine practice. The toolkit helps the cardiovascular care team consistently implement advance care planning in the outpatient setting for all patients. Developed by experts in the field and members of ACC’s Geriatric Cardiology Section Palliative Care Work Group, the toolkit currently offers two resources: the Advanced Care Planning “Terms to Know” and the “Conducting the Conversation” tool. Find out more and download the toolkit at CVQuality.ACC.org.

New Expert Consensus Document Provides Best Practices For Ionizing Radiation Safety

A new expert consensus document aims to provide best practices for safety and effectiveness when employing ionizing radiation in cardiovascular diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The document, developed by the ACC, Heart Rhythm Society, North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, in collaboration with Mended Hearts, was published May 2 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. As ionizing radiation-based cardiovascular procedures are being performed with increasing frequency, the writing committee, led by John W. Hirshfeld Jr., MD, FACC, developed an educational resource that compiles and interprets the current radiation biology and safety knowledge base applicable to cardiovascular imaging. Read more on ACC.org.

Professionalism Case Series: Equitable Care and Microaggressions Against Learners

The College has released a new CME activity as part of a case series on professionalism. Authored by Quinn Capers IV, MD, FACC, member of ACC’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, the case is intended for adult cardiovascular physicians and internists and will allow learners to recognize the role of individual physicians and hospital systems in ensuring ethical stewardship of health care resources. Participants can earn up to 0.25 Maintenance of Certification points after successful completion of the activity. Start the activity on ACC.org. The ACC recently approved a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and is working toward implementation this year. Learn more at ACC.org/Diversity.

Improve Knowledge of Therapies For Diabetes and CVD

Improve your knowledge of therapies for diabetes and cardiovascular disease with the new online activity Lifting the Burden of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes. This free activity reviews the interplay of current and emerging therapies for diabetes and cardiovascular disease and how they impact patient outcomes. Topics include therapy application, pro and con discussions, and opportunities to practice educating your patients about therapy and lifestyle changes related to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Learn more on ACC.org.

Improve Knowledge of Lowering Lipid Levels

Hyperlipidemia is well-established as a significant risk factor for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, yet many health care professionals struggle to control this epidemic among their patients. To enhance your medical knowledge, competence and performance within the domain of hyperlipidemia prevention and treatment, participate in ACC’s new online activity Lowering Lipid Levels: Reducing Risk and Improving Outcomes. This free activity includes interactive dialogues and debate, case scenarios, podcasts and expert analysis on the most recent findings. Learn more on ACC.org.

Two Newest JACC Journals Now on PubMed, PubMed Central

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology has been accepted for full indexing in PubMed, a free, online archive powered by the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). The database comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. JACC: Basic to Translational Science also recently gained acceptance for inclusion on PubMed Central, NIH/NLM’s free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. JACC, JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and JACC: Heart Failure are already fully indexed on PubMed. With these latest announcements, research published across the entire family of JACC Journals is now more accessible to clinicians and researchers through these valuable indexing tools. The ACC congratulates the journals’ editors, reviewers and authors. Read more on ACC.org.

Viewpoint Discusses Framework For Physician Well-Being

Addressing physician well-being within the culture of medicine and across its diverse members may help strengthen health care teams and improve health care system performance, according to a viewpoint published March 29 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Larissa R. Thomas, MD, MPH, et al., developed a charter of guiding principles and commitments as a framework for groups to address physician well-being from medical training throughout an entire career. “The Charter on Physician Well-being is intended to inspire collaborative efforts among individuals, organizations, health systems and the profession of medicine to honor the collective commitment of physicians to patients and to each other,” the authors write. Read more on ACC.org.