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

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

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 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

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 and 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 to participate in the survey.