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Cardiology and Cardiovascular Professional Societies and Associations

Quick-Reference List of Professional Associations in the Cardiology Field

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If you are a medical professional who works in the field of cardiology or cardiovascular health, or if you are interested in working in the field of cardiology, these societies and professional associations could be an excellent resource for you.

These societies encompass just about any type of professional who works in the cardiology field including nurses, technologists, and physicians such as cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. The societies provide journals, continuing medical education (CME) credits, certifications, and a variety of other benefits.

The American Heart Association (AHA)

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The American Heart Association is the "grand-daddy" of all cardiology-related associations. Most cardiology professionals are involved with the AHA in some way. The AHA provides an enormous amount of patient education and awareness for the general public regarding heart disease. For medical professionals, the AHA provides educational information and materials, as well as a certification in Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology consists of doctors and nurses primarily. The ACC provides practice management tips, education, advocacy, and annual conferences. To provide more specialized information, education and networking, the ACC formed several "communities" within the larger organization, including Women in Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiac Care Team, and others.

Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA)

According to the HFSA website, this society "represents the first organized effort by heart failure experts from the Americas to provide a forum for all those interested in heart function, heart failure, and congestive heart failure (CHF) research and patient care."

American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

The motto of teh American Society of Echocardiography is "an exceptional view of your heart and circulation for a healthier life." ASE provides products and resources for cardiology professionals, as well as educational information for the general public and patients.

Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP)

According to the ACVP website, this association consists of "over 3000 professionals involved in all levels of cardiovascular service (administration, management, nursing and technology), and involved in all specialties (invasive, noninvasive, echo, cardiopulmonary)."

American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)

This organization consists of cardiologists and pulmonologists, as well as some oncologists, surgeons, and a few other types of physician specialists. According to the ACCP website, their motto is: "Improving patient care through education."

The vision of the ACCP is to be "the leading resource for the improvement in cardiopulmonary health and critical care worldwide." Additionally, the mission of the ACCP is "To promote the prevention and treatment of diseases of the chest through leadership, education, research, and communication."

Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP)

According to the society website, the SICP is "committed to providing educational and networking opportunities to all members and cardiovascular professionals." Invasive cardiovascular professionals are the physicians and their assistants who work in a cardiac cath lab, conducting heart catheterizations to diagnose and treat blockages.

American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN)

This association is simply described on their website as "a specialty organization dedicated to advancing nursing education, clinical practice and research to improve heart failure patient outcomes. Heart failure is our exclusive interest and passion. Our goal is to set the standards for heart failure nursing care." Members consist of any level or type of nurse who works in a cardiac capacity, whether it be an operating room, cardiac care unit, cardiac step-down unit, cardiology office, or cath lab.

Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)

According to their website, CCI was formed in 1988, "for the sole purpose of administering credentialing examinations as an independent credentialing agency." Several organizations merged to form CCI, including the National Alliance of Cardiovascular Technologists (NACT), the American Cardiology Technologists Association (ACTA) and the National Board of Cardiovascular Testing (NBCVT).

American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC)

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology describes themselves simply as "the only professional association that represents physicians, scientists and technologists who work in the nuclear cardiology field." They have over 4,700 members including physicians, technologists, and computer scientists. In very simple terms, nuclear cardiology, and computed tomography angiography (CTA) procedures utilize radioactive substances and x-ray technology, respectively, to produce computer generated "pictures" of the patients heart, enabling physicians to view and diagnose potential defects and blockages in the heart and arteries.
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