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ACC/AHA Practice Guidelines
Developed by leaders in the field of cardiovascular medicine, the ACC/AHA
guidelines address contemporary practice issues. They assist physicians in clinical
decision making by describing a range of generally-accepted approaches for the
diagnosis, management, and prevention of specific diseases or conditions.
Guidelines topics are—
New Topics in Development
• Peripheral Arterial Disease (Lower Extremity, Renal and Mesenteric, AAA)
• Ventricular Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death
• Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
Published Topics
• Chronic Stable Angina
• Perioperative CV Evaluation for Noncardiac Surgery
• Echocardiography
Updated Topics in Development
• Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
• ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction
• Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
• Valvular Heart Disease
• Chronic Heart Failure
• Atrial Fibrillation
• Exercise Testing
• Unstable Angina and Non-ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction
• Cardiac Pacemakers and Antiarrhythmia Devices
The College offers a variety of corporate support opportunities around these
guidelines and the ongoing education and distribution of tools that enhance the
utilization of guideline recommendations including—
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Pocket Guidelines—Concise, portable, reference tools for busy clinicians
in print, PDF, and PDA versions;
Other Decision Support Tools—Wall charts of key guideline algorithms,
chart stickers, patient-provider support materials;
Clinician Education—Regional education seminars; audiocassette and CD
talks by experts in the field; slide sets for use in colleague-to-colleague education;
self-assessment questions, Webcasts, discussion boards, and other online content
on Cardiosource ( A number of these activities are
offered for CME credit, and the College is expanding its focus to include
continuing education (CE) credit for the ACC’s newest member category, the
Cardiac Care Associate; and