#Cardiology Ontology: Using Hashtags to Improve #CVD Care

This post was authored by R. Jay Widmer, MD, PhD (@DrArgyle);  Carolyn M. Larsen, MD (@carolynmarieMN); Robert A. Harrington, MD, FACC (@HeartBobH); T. Jared Bunch, MD (@TJaredBunch); John P. Erwin, III, MD, FACC (@HeartOTXHeartMD); John M. Mandrola, MD, FACC (@drjohnm); and Farris K. Timimi, MD, FACC (@FarrisTimimi), members of the Cardiovascular Symplur Ontology Project.

Following in the footsteps of several other specialties, cardiology now has a hashtag ontology page dedicated to facilitating social media use for providers and the wider health care community. The aim of the cardiology ontology page is to assemble and disseminate hashtags pertinent to cardiovascular diseases. This enables health care professionals, patients and family members to organize discussions surrounding cardiovascular medicine in an effort to keep the interest of the patient foremost.

We often hear, “Oh it’s so vast and overwhelming, there’s no way I could be on Twitter” when approaching colleagues about a recent fruitful encounter on one of the largest social media platforms in the world. Although cardiology only occupies a small fraction of the over 300 million viewers and billions of tweets generated daily on Twitter, the potential value cardiovascular disease providers can garner and large impact they can have on public health is beyond immense. However, just like any medication or therapy we suggest or prescribe to our patients, social media must be palatable and easily navigated in order to have broad uptake. One means by which this can be accomplished is by codifying a set of terms common in cardiology, and much like our colleagues in oncology, radiation oncology, and recently urology, providing a cardiovascular ontology around which patients and providers can easily identify specific entities within the world of cardiology. Continue reading

Welcome to Chicago!

Williams HeadshotThis post was authored by ACC President Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, president of the ACC.

Over the next three days, the world of cardiology will descend upon my hometown of Chicago for ACC.16!

Many people were involved in making ACC.16 happen, from members, to staff, to partner societies and Chapters. I would particularly like to thank ACC.16 Chair Athena Poppas, MD, and Co-Chair Jeff Kuvin, MD, for their leadership. As a result of this collective effort, ACC.16 features an unprecedented number of opportunities for creating connections, igniting innovation and engaging in disruptive discussion around the latest in cardiovascular research.

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Hitting the Ground Running: Sports and Exercise on the Move at ACC.16

Hoffmeister 2This post was authored by Jana MH Goldberg, MD, cardiovascular disease fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and a member of ACC’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section Leadership Council.

There is one thing that most members of ACC’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section have in common – a love for adrenaline. They are often themselves sports enthusiasts, putting in a few miles on the trail before sitting in the conference hall. This adrenaline carries through to the lectures as you can feel the excitement and interest in the room. This is sure to be the case at ACC.16 in Chicago.

We have been talking a lot about exercise prescription, but what about practical insight? Merle Myerson, MD, FACC, will be giving a talk entitled “Why Exercise is Real Medicine: Practical Tips for ‘Prescription’ in Clinical Practice,” during the Lifestyle Medicine intensive. Dr. Myerson, who was an exercise physiologist before becoming a cardiologist, will give a brief overview of the role of exercise in cardiovascular health, forms of exercise (aerobic and resistance), and will go over exercise as a diagnostic tool. She will review how best to give an exercise prescription in terms of duration, intensity and frequency, as well as who to screen prior to beginning exercise. The talk will even cover practical aspects such as whether or not you can code/reimburse for exercise counseling.  Continue reading

And It’s Going, Going, Gone! ACC Knocks It Out of the Park at Big Sky

SK_headshotThis article was authored by Sandeep K. Krishnan, MD, a fellow in training (FIT) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The ACC has done it again! Another home run for the FIT team! I recently had the good fortune of attending the Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers (3T’s) program embedded into ACC’s 38th Annual Cardiology at Big Sky conference. It was a conference like no other I have ever attended.

By itself, the ACC Big Sky conference is a unique entity. For five days starting every President’s Day weekend in mid-February, Kim Eagle, MD, MACC, and Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC, host this highly-informative conference surrounded by the beautiful snow-capped peaks of Big Sky, MT, in and of itself a small, charming town located 1.5 hours away from the nearest airport. Continue reading

Cardiovascular Summit: Disruptive Solutions For the CV Care Team

ValentineThis post was authored by C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, incoming vice president of the ACC and course co-director of the 2016 Cardiovascular Summit.

As clinicians, we strive day in and day out to provide high-quality, patient-centered, cost-efficient care to our patients. In a time of rapid health care change, balancing all of this while also striving to achieve operational excellence and financial success is challenging to say the least.

Recognizing the need for solutions to help cardiovascular professionals thrive in this time of change, Howard T. Walpole, MD, MBA, FACC, Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, and I started the Cardiovascular Summit several years back. Since then, the course has evolved to meet the current needs of entire the cardiovascular care team. Continue reading

ACC.16: Disrupt Your Thinking and Ignite Innovation

POPPAS_BOT_2010This post was authored by Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Annual Scientific Session.

ACC’s 65th Annual Scientific Session will feature sessions and lectures designed to disrupt your thinking and ignite innovation. Members of the cardiovascular care team from around the world will join together at this intersection of science and change in Chicago, IL from April 2 – 4.

The program committee – comprised of some of the best and brightest in their respective fields – is committed to providing the most valuable and up-to-date content at ACC.16. Once again, the meeting will feature “more learning, less lecturing” in order to give attendees as much practical training, education and networking as possible in our dynamic three-day format. We know you’ll want to get back to your patients and everyday lives quickly – refreshed and ready to apply what you’ve learned in Chicago. Continue reading

The Stethoscope Lives

Williams HeadshotThis post was authored by Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, president of the ACC.

A recently published Washington Post article, “Heart doctors are listening for clues to the future of their stethoscopes,” highlights important issues in cardiology, claiming that the stethoscope “is having a crossroads moment.”

The stethoscope is certainly not dead. Recent digital technology has upgraded the functionality of stethoscopes.  They now allow volume accentuation and frequency selection, as well as digital file transfer for teaching on rounds, competence testing, or audio file archival for comparison with prior or future recordings. Continue reading

Stakeholder Collaboration Key to Evolving Valve Management Strategies

Ogara_PatThis post was authored by ACC Immediate Past President Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC.

The epidemiology of valvular heart disease (VHD) has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. In the U.S. alone, up to 1.5 million people have moderate or severe aortic stenosis (AS) and approximately 4 million people have significant mitral regurgitation (MR). Clinicians face several challenges in identifying and treating patients with valvular heart disease, particularly AS and MR.

To help better address these challenges, the College recently hosted a two-day Evolving Heart Valve Management Strategies Roundtable that brought together experts from 28 organizations representing a wide variety of medical specialties, industry, patients, integrated health systems and other stakeholder groups, as well as representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Continue reading

Home Improvements: ACC.org Keeps Getting Better

Eagle_KimThis post was authored by Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC, editor-in-chief of ACC.org.

Over the past year, it’s been exciting to hear from members who are finding the new ACC.org is meeting their professional and personal needs – whether it’s through enhanced access to Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) journals and clinical guidelines, mobile-friendly formatting or personalization options that put relevant clinical and educational content at their fingertips.  Continue reading

Thursday Video Highlights From TCT 2015

Peter Block, MD, FACC, and Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, discuss the Thursday meeting highlights from TCT 2015, including the SAPIEN 3 trial and the BRAVO 3 trial. View full TCT 2015 meeting coverage at ACC.org/TCT and watch all the video coverage on ACC’s YouTube page.

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