Introducing the ACC Colombia Chapter Colombia recently became ACC’s 35th International Chapter, making it the second ACC Chapter in Formation to become a full-fledged Chapter. Under the leadership of the president of the Colombian Society of Cardiology, Gustavo Restrepo, MD, FACC, the Colombia Chapter worked diligently throughout 2014 to increase its ACC membership and reach the 20 Fellow of the ACC requirements for Chapter formation. “We are proud to be an ACC Chapter and believe this will be a great opportunity to expand and strengthen our academic community and work jointly for the cardiovascular health of our countries,” said Restrepo, who will serve as the Chapter’s inaugural governor. Cardiovascular Symposium in India The ACC continues to play an important role in improving cardiovascular care worldwide. In January, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, and 11 other ACC faculty attended a Cardiovascular Symposium in Mumbai, India. Fuster led the conversation around the latest scientific updates and guidelines to better serve patients, as well as the newest cardiovascular health trends and challenges. The two-day program reached 1,200 cardiologists, who represent over one third of the cardiovascular community in India. Data on the Move The ACC continues to broaden the reach of its outpatient cardiovascular data registries worldwide. Most recently the ACC partnered with the Mexico Chapter, in collaboration with both the Sociedad Mexicana de Cardiología and the Asociación Nacional de Cardiólogos de México, to establish a registry network that is aligned with the PINNACLE Registry. Mexico is the fourth country to partner with the PINNACLE Registry, which captures data on coronary artery disease, hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and atrial fibrillation. India, Brazil and Argentina are the other three. “It will take a global effort to reduce the burden of heart disease and we look forward to continuing these efforts with the dedicated cardiovascular community in Mexico,” said ACC President Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC. The ACC has also partnered with the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) to create a global diabetes registry that will support diabetes and cardiometabolic research and provide new opportunities to improve the quality of care provided to patients around the world. The joint effort will bring the newly created NHCS Asian Diabetes Outcomes Registry, known as ADORE, into partnership with the Diabetes Collaborative Registry, expanding the ACC-led registry into 12 countries across Asia to create the first global, cross-specialty clinical diabetes registry. “This collaboration has the potential to generate unique, insightful, high-impact research that will likely affect the lives of millions of people,” said Mikhail N. Kosiborod, MD, FACC, steering committee chair of the Diabetes Collaborative Registry. “Expanding the Diabetes Collaborative Registry into Asia will also expand our ability to track and improve the quality of diabetes and cardiometabolic care for patients.” Championing Change in China The ACC recently partnered with the Chinese Society of Cardiology (CSC) to launch a cardiovascular disease education and awareness program that will prepare physicians and hospital systems for a nationwide health care shift that supports heart disease prevention and optimal patient care. While the Chinese health care system has made significant strides in recent years diagnosing and treating patients with cardiovascular disease, providing preventative care to patients at high risk of developing chronic cardiovascular conditions remains a persistent challenge. The ACC/CSC program, which is being supported by Pfizer, will address this obstacle by establishing a comprehensive curriculum that will include a focused webinar series in nearly 200 hospitals around the country, as well as topic-based interactive online education of cardiologists and cardiac care team members delivered through WeChat, one of the most widely used social media platforms in China. “Heart disease education and awareness can help our fellow cardiologists and cardiac care team members in China better understand the latest heart disease diagnosis, management and treatment tools available to them,” said ACC President Kim Allan Williams, MD, FACC. “Through this program we’ll be able to work together to better implement international treatment guidelines for at-risk patients and improve patient outcomes throughout China.”
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