Cardiology and Cardiovascular Professional Societies and Associations

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 Heart Failure Society of American (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 the 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 3,000 professionals involved in all levels of cardiovascular service (administration, management, nursing, and technology), and involved in all specialties (invasive, noninvasive, echo, cardiopulmonary)."

"ACVP has a 40+ year history of service leading the way in representing professionals, supporting credentialing and providing continuing education for advancement."

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 more than 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 patient's heart, enabling physicians to view and diagnose potential defects and blockages in the heart and arteries.

American Society of Hypertension (ASH)

The American Society of Hypertension states "ASH is the largest US organization dedicated exclusively to hypertension and related cardiovascular disease." This includes all aspects of research, diagnosis, and treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and related cardiovascular diseases.

International Academy of Cardiology (IAC)

The IAC "is dedicated to the advancement of global research in cardiovascular medicine through the support of scientific meetings and publications," according to their website.

International Society for Heart Research (ISHR)

The mission of the ISHR is simple: "To promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in the cardiovascular sciences on a worldwide basis through publications, congresses, and other media," according to the society's website.

International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (ISMICS)

This society consists primarily of cardiac surgeons. Formed on May 31, 1997, by the participants of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at the Palais Des Congres, Paris France, the new ISMICS is taking the leadership role in shaping the direction of less invasive cardiac surgery on a global basis. The founding membership includes representatives from all continents.

Society of Geriatric Cardiology

The SGC caters to those health care professionals who treat heart patients over the age of 65. Founded in 1986 by cardiologists, the SGC works closely with other professional medical associations to provide educational and informational events and publications.

American College of Cardiovascular Administrators (ACCA)

The ACCA is part of the American Academy of Medical Administrators. Specific to the cardiovascular administration field, the ACCA offers an annual Conference, a Fellow designation (FACCA), an annual Award of Excellence, and a number of cardiovascular-specific webinars, according to Sue Eget, Director of Membership and Communication.

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