Cardiology Magazine — Spring 2013 Cardiology
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From The President
John Gordon Harold

Thomas Alva Edison was an early ambassador for prevention, even going as far as to predict that “the doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

When it comes to cardiovascular disease, we’ve come a long way in the treatment of the disease. New technologies and medications make it possible to not only catch diseases sooner, with less invasive treatments, but also help patients previously considered to be untreatable. However, with the growing obesity epidemic and continued tobacco use globally, a case can be made that we need to do a better job on the prevention front.To that end, the ACC is reinvigorating its Prevention Committee and taking its revamped CardioSmart patient initiative to new heights online, in local communities, and directly to physician offices.

You can read more about the College’s prevention activities in this issue of Cardiology as part of the cover feature on smoking. Smoking is the common denominator in 40 percent of all cardiovascular disease, according to a report published late last year in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. While great strides have been made to lower smoking use in the U.S., it’s still a major problem globally. This issue we explore some of the key successes in the U.S.; global efforts currently underway aimed at smoking prevention; and ACC and ACC state chapter smoke-free collaborations.

Also in this issue, you’ll read about several new College initiatives that are leveraging NCDR® registries to improve care. Whether its Surviving MI, a quality Initiative that will leverage the ACTION Registry®-GWTG™ community to improve care following MI, to the Anticoagulation Initiative, which is using PINNACLE Registry® data to track improvement and close the gap in guideline recommended anticoagulation use, we are clearly leading in innovation. Speaking of the PINNACLE Registry, check out the “Partners in Innovation” piece on the South Carolina Heart Center’s experience with the outpatient registry. “We learned that PINNACLE could provide a means to benchmark quality measures with other cardiology practices and could provide a snapshot of quality measure compliance,” notes Charlie W. Devlin, MD, FACC.

Finally, in this issue you’ll learn more about me and my goals for this year in a special “Meet Your Leaders” profile, as well as hear from Farris K. Timimi, MD, FACC, a cardiologist and program director for the advanced heart failure cardiology fellowship program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, who we can all learn much from when it comes to using social media. You’ll also hear about Rep.Phil Roe (R – TN), MD, and how his quick-thinking and use of an AED saved a man who suffered a cardiac episode at the airport. You can also catch up on the latest health policy news, ACC activities abroad, and more!


John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC ACC President

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