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ACC News You Can Use June 2016

Overarching ACC News/Publications

Download the Latest CardioSmart Infographics
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JACC Retains Ranking as #1 CV Journal in the World
For the third year in a row, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) ranked as the #1 cardiovascular journal in the world. According to the 2015 Impact Factors for Journals, JACC holds the top position among all 124 cardiovascular journals in scientific impact with its highest impact factor ever of 17.759, up from 16.503 in 2014. These 2015 Impact Factor results are based on articles published during the 2013 and 2014 calendar years, and are reflective of the combined efforts of former Editor in Chief Anthony DeMaria, MD, MACC, and current Editor in Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC. The results also showed impact factors of 7.815, 7.630 and 7.218 for JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, and JACC: Heart Failure, respectively. Among all other cardiovascular journals, the ACC publishes four of the top 10 in the world. Check out the JACC family of journals and learn more about popular features like audio summaries, central illustrations and more. Read more here.

Latest Issue of Cardiology Focuses on Reaffirming the Importance of Professionalism
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 news from ACC’s member sections, including exclusive interviews with Ana Barac, MD, FACC, and Julie B. Damp, MD, FACC, chairs of the Cardio-Oncology and Cardiovascular Training Sections, respectively. Check out a snapshot of ACC.16 and a timeline of achievements for women cardiologists, and hear what Aaron L. Baggish, MD, FACC, has to say about porta potties and sports cardiology. Get the full issue at

JACC Leadership Page: ACC International Outreach and the Global CV Community
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Board of Governors, discusses ACC’s international outreach and membership, which has grown an average of 30 percent annually over the last five years, with 15,000 international members in 137 countries. Seals reflects on the history of ACC’s international presence, including the first international chapter in Malaysia and the introduction of ACC’s twinning program, while also examining what lies ahead, with efforts such as the Chapter Exchange Program, which was announced at ACC.16. “Global collaboration is vital to solve the challenge of noncommunicable diseases like cardiovascular disease,” he writes. “Its widespread effect makes it a prime example of a global epidemic that should not – and cannot – be tackled by an individual health care provider, hospital, health system, country, chapter, or region in isolation.” Read more.

Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Examines the Physician-Writer
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews looks at physicians who are also writers – ranging from general fiction, to science fiction and thrillers, to those who use their experiences to write stories about medicine. In this month’s Clinical Innovators column, Anthony DeMaria, MD, MACC, reflects on his career and discusses the advancement of noninvasive cardiac imaging. Elsewhere in the issue, readers can find a summary of NCDR findings from ACC.16 and ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, offers an update on the current status of ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC). See the full issue at

Top Science and Quality News:

Diabetes Collaborative Registry Releases Baseline, Quality of Care Data
Clinicians regularly adhere to four out of seven diabetes quality metrics when treating patients with diabetes, according to registry data presented at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA’s) 76th Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. In the first-ever research presented from the Diabetes Collaborative Registry, researchers looked at adherence to seven quality metrics at 236 practices with 861,699 patients. Results found that practices routinely checked patients for high blood pressure; inquired about high blood pressure medication; screened for kidney disease; prescribed at least two antihypertensive medications; and screened for smoking and provided smoking cessation counseling. The lowest performance levels involved checking blood glucose levels and performing an eye or foot exam. Read more on

ACTION Registry-GWTG Surpasses One Million Records
The ACTION Registry-GWTG, the ACC’s registry focusing on quality improvement for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-STEMI (NSTEMI) patients, recently surpassed one million patient records. The milestone follows the registry’s growth to more than 1,000 participating hospitals last year. “Both of these milestones are evidence of not only the growing power of the registry to provide even deeper insight into the success of treatments and outcomes for these patients, but also the value of the registry to individual hospitals and physicians,”said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACTION Registry-GWTG steering committee. “This robust data pool can be used to inform future quality improvement programs and provide even more meaningful benchmarking.” Like the ACC’s other hospital and outpatient registries, ACTION Registry-GWTG continues to fuel important research that is published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at major medical conferences. ACTION Registry-GWTG data provides the foundation for numerous ACC quality initiatives such as Surviving MI and the Patient Navigator program, which arm hospitals with assessments and toolkits to improve their care of STEMI and NSTEMI patients. Learn more about the ACC’s quality improvement initiatives.

JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging Call For Papers: Randomized Trials in Imaging
JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging is calling for papers focused on randomized trials in cardiovascular imaging to highlight the role of rigorous, prospective outcomes-based science and imaging evidence in understanding, diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease. If accepted, papers will be published in a special themed print issue in March 2017. Interested authors should submit their papers online at by Sept. 6. On the submissions page, please select “Imaging RCTs” from the “Special Issues” pull-down menu. For questions or general inquiries, email

Latest Issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions Highlights the Best of ACC.16 and CRT.16
The cover story of the latest issue of CardioSource WorldNews Interventions discusses the interventional highlights from ACC.16 and the Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) annual meeting, where transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) took center stage. New editor-in-chief, Peter C. Block, MD, FACC, discusses  the key issues facing interventional cardiologists. In the Peripheral Matters column, members of the ACC’s Peripheral Vascular Disease Section Leadership Council explain the recommendations of a collation of organizations, including the ACC, to a Medicare panel on interventions related to peripheral artery disease. See the full issue, including the final results of IBIS-3 on the use of rosuvastatin in non-intervened vessel of a real-practice population and insights into the results of the EVOLVE II clinical trial at

Societies Release Focused Update For HF Management
Recommendations on two new heart failure (HF) medications are detailed in a focused update of the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure, released May 20 by the ACC, American Heart Association (AHA) and Heart Failure Society of America and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The focused update includes the addition of an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI) (valsartan/sacubitril), and a sinoatrial node modulator (ivabradine) to the list of treatment options for Stage C HF patients with a reduced ejection fraction. “This document details the benefits and risks of these new therapies so that patients at high risk can be directed towards alternative therapies,” explains Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC, chair of the writing committee. Read more on


Top Advocacy and Health Policy News

FDA Releases Sodium Reduction Targets
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance intended to encourage the food industry to gradually reduce the amount of sodium in foods. Currently, Americans consume an average of 3,400 mg of sodium per day, close to 50 percent above what experts recommend. The two and 10-year voluntary sodium reduction targets aim to bring sodium intake down to 2,300 mg/day. "Salt reduction targets released by the FDA today are a positive step forward in raising awareness of excessive salt in the American diet and providing healthier food options," said ACC President Richard Chazal, MD, FACC. "High blood pressure, which is associated with excessive sodium intake, is an important risk factor for heart disease that can be reduced through a healthy lifestyle, which also includes exercise and a diet with a variety of unprocessed foods." The ACC plans to submit comments to the FDA in support of the draft guidance. Read more.


Top Membership News

Is Your ACC Member Profile Up-To-Date?
The ACC wants to make sure it's sending members only the most relevant information. To that end, the College is encouraging all members to update their ACC profile, including contact information, specialty areas, clinical interest areas and practice information. Don’t miss out on the latest cardiovascular research, new clinical guidelines, advocacy updates, ACC news and member benefits. Update your profile online at

For FITs: Network With Mentors Through ACC's Member Sections
Did you know that FITs receive FREE membership in ACC's 19+ Member Sections? Select your Section preferences and unlock access to a community of professionals that share your specialty and/or interest areas. Gain leadership experience, network with leaders in the field and make progress on priorities that matter to you.

The American Board of Cardiology Not Affiliated With the ACC
The ACC has received reports from several members regarding dues payments to the American Board of Cardiology. The American Board of Cardiology is not affiliated in any way with the ACC. Before joining and paying dues to any organization, check to see if it has a history of membership or affiliation with a board, accredited educational body or established organization thoroughly. Be leery of any organization that contacts you only by mail, website or e-mail; and does not provide you with a phone number and physical location (not a P.O. Box). If you see the ACC name, logo or a reference to ACC on something unusual and you are suspicious, always feel free to contact the ACC resource center at (202) 375-6000 before moving forward with providing personal or practice information.


Top Education News

JACC Leadership Page: Current Status of MOC
In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, discusses the current status of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process and where the College stands on the changes. He explains ACC’s three-pronged approach to MOC – to be a source of information, provide tools and resources, and to advocate on behalf of ACC members. He notes that the College has supplied ABIM with input over the years which has led to several significant changes to MOC. “ACC’s leadership will continue to constructively engage with the ABIM to move the MOC process closer to supporting the goals of improved patient outcomes, improved quality of care and improving the cost-effectiveness of care,” he writes. Read more. Visit ACC’s MOC Information Hub at

Claim Your Credit from ACC.16
Don't forget to claim your credit or certificate of participation for ACC.16. Click here to access the Credit System, and review the instructions and frequently asked questions for more information. The remaining deadlines for claiming certificates are:

  • ECME Certificate: July 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET
  • CME/CNE Certificate and Certificate of Participation: October 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET

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Digital ACC Resources

Free ACCEL Access for FITs
Did you know that Fellows in Training receive unlimited, complimentary access to ACC’s ACCEL audio journal. Sign up for this unique membership benefit here.

Stay In Touch with the ACC via Social Media
Stay in touch with the ACC and the latest clinical and advocacy news through ACC in Touch.  ACCinTouch connects ACC members and those interested in cardiovascular news through popular social networking channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Join each of these networks to connect with ACC members and those interested in cardiology. In addition to the ACC's main Twitter profile @ACCinTouch, the College also has a profile dedicated to advocacy-related news (@Cardiology). CardioSmart, the ACC's patient education and support program, also has patient-centered cardiovascular news available through Facebook, Twitter (@CardioSmart), and YouTube. For more information about ACC’s social media channels, visit

ACC Archived Webinars
Did you know that you can find archived webinars from throughout the years from the ACC on As a member, you have access to this wealth of information here. To access them, you must have an log-in and use the confirmation code and webinar access link emailed to you. Questions? Contact ACC’s Resource Center at Phone: 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 or

Download ACC’s Advocacy Action Mobile App
Be sure to download the ACC Advocacy Action mobile app to get easy access to ACC's advocacy priorities and timely talking points to share during congressional visits. The app was designed to help members engage with lawmakers and influence health policy. Download it today on iTunes (iPhone, iPad) and Google Play (Android devices).


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