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American College of Cardiology

Jun 25, 2019

Description

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) was founded in 1949 by a group of 13 cardiologists to combat the increase in heart disease and lead the charge in cardiovascular research following World War II. The college now boasts over 52,000 members from all over the world with a mission to “transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health.”

 

Overview

On the ACC’s website, users can find detailed information about clinical topics and the latest in cardiology in the form of articles, publications, and even podcasts. Other tabs include “Education and Meetings” where you can find educational resources, guidelines, and more. Finally, there is a “Tools and Practice Support” tab that features toolkits, apps, and other resources designed for patients and doctors at the point of care.

“The college now boasts over 52,000 members from all over the world with a mission to ‘transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health.'”

Membership

Cardiovascular specialists can join the American College of Cardiologists via the online application to gain access to tools and resources that can help manage the clinical and business sides of medicine. Members include physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, practice administrators, and other medical professionals who focus on cardiovascular care.

 

Diversity

In its core values, the ACC stresses diversity in membership and leadership positions within the organization. Diversity is important as the lack of diversity causes a disparity in health access and outcomes for underrepresented populations, especially with the limited access to health insurance.

 

Guidelines

The American College of Cardiology releases annual guidelines on primary prevention of heart attacks that are used by cardiovascular specialists all over the country. The 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease can be found here.

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