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  • ACC, AHA, other groups release lower-limb PAD guidance

    The ACC, the American Heart Association and several other medical societies have released updated guidance on managing lower-extremity peripheral artery disease, published jointly in JACC and the journal Circulation. The guidelines define four clinical subsets of the condition -- asymptomatic PAD, chronic symptomatic PAD, chronic limb-threatening ischemia and acute limb ischemia -- and recommend medical interventions to help prevent major adverse limb and cardiovascular events. HealthDay News (5/20) Learn More

  • Enlarged nodes on mammograms linked to CVD, T2D

    Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society shows that fat-enlarged axillary nodes on screening mammograms are associated with heightened risks of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension. The study followed 1,200 women between ages 40 and 75 with coronary artery disease over 10 years and found those with mammograms showing fatty nodes larger than 20 mm had increased likelihood of major adverse CV events as well as CVD, T2D and high blood pressure. Cardiovascular Business (5/14) Learn More

  • Smoking, vaping in youths tied to social media use

    MedPage Today (free registration) (5/17) Learn More

  • US, vaccine makers prepare for H5N1 spread

    Scientific American (5/16) Learn More

  • Quality improvement project tied to HPV vaccine uptake

    HealthDay News (5/16) Learn More

  • ACC Celebrates EMS Week With QI Programs and Resources

    The demands on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community are immense with chest pain accounting for nearly 8 million emergency department visits per year. To support this community and their tireless efforts in providing critical care, the ACC offers quality improvement (QI) programs through NCDR's Chest Pain - MI Registry and ACC Accreditation Services to support the path to providing the highest quality and most efficient cardiovascular care. Plus, EMS agencies can now access hospital metrics specific to the care and outcomes of their acute myocardial infarction patients, assess their own performance through NCDR eReports EMS and gain recognition through the EMS Partner in Care program. Learn more about ACC's EMS resources. Learn More

  • Access Newly Updated Resources From BHI Collaborative

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the ACC is partnering with organizations like the American Medical Association through participation in the Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative to help clinicians make the best decisions for the mental health of their patients. The recently updated BHI Compendium, a must-have resource for navigating the complexity of behavioral health care, contains new guidance on pediatric patients, additional practice case studies and an expanded section on financial sustainability. The Compendium also features eight new model-agnostic building blocks for seamless BHI planning and implementation. Learn more. Learn More

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