American College of Cardiology

In 1949, 13 cardiologists, led by Franz Groedel, MD, MACC and Bruno Kisch, MD, MACC, founded the American College of Cardiology during what is often called "The Golden Age of Cardiology." In his book "American Cardiology: The History of a Specialty and Its College," Bruce Fye, MD, MACC, details how in the period following World War II, factors like the increasing prevalence of heart disease, the advent of federal research funding, breakthroughs in technological innovations, and the growing availability of health insurance worked together to shape cardiology into a major academic and clinical discipline.

Given these dramatic changes taking place in the field of cardiovascular medicine, the College’s founders, including Franz Groedel, MD, MACCRobert P. Glover, MD, MACC, and others, made continuing education of practicing clinicians the mission of the College. Groedel articulated this mission best when he ordered that any ACC educational endeavor had to impart "a chunk of useful knowledge" to the practicing cardiologist.

Today, with more than 54,000 members from around the world, the College is once again facing a crossroads in the midst of a constantly changing health care environment. Rapid advances in science and technology, uncertainty about systems of medical care delivery and growing demand for cardiovascular care around the globe present extraordinary challenges and opportunities for cardiovascular medicine.

Many of the challenges affecting the College and its members are remarkably similar to those faced since the ACC's founding in 1949. Embracing previous successes and learning from those who came before will ensure the College continues to grow and serve as the primary professional home for the entire cardiovascular community.

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Gulf Heart Association

The GHA is a leading, non-profit, professional, regional cardiology organization. The GHA was established during the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Cardiovascular Conference in Doha during January 15-17, 2002. The formation of the GHA was a landmark accomplishment for the GCC states that built bridges of cooperation among cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and other cardiovascular specialties in the GCC states.

The main aim of the GHA is to improve the quality of cardiac care in the GCC states through its various activities.

The major aims of our association are:

  • Raising the standard of cardiac care in the GCC states.
  • Conduct scientific conferences and symposia.
  • Carry on scientific research on cardiovascular diseases.
  • Publish professional periodicals (Heart Views is GHA’s official journal).
  • Create professional, educational, and social ties among members of GHA.
  • Collaborate with international cardiology institutions and professional societies.
  • Establish criteria for GCC cardiovascular specialists to meet high standards of competence and expertise.
  • Work with GCC governments to create prevention programs aimed at reducing cardiovascular diseases.

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American Heart Association

The six cardiologists who founded the American Heart Association in 1924 would be amazed.

From humble beginnings, the AHA has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. A shared focus on cardiovascular health unites our more than 35 million volunteers and supporters as well as our more than 2,900 employees.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Our size and scope let us have real impact. The AHA has invested more than $5 billion in research, making us the largest not-for-profit funding source for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research next to the federal government.

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Gulf Heart Rhythm Society

American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) is the international leader in education, advocacy, and quality in cardiovascular imaging, with over 4,900 members worldwide. ASNC provides its members with a variety of continuing medical education programs related to nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular computed tomography (CT), promotes accreditation and certification in nuclear cardiology, establishes standards and guidelines for training and practice, and serves as a representative in health policy and the principal advocacy voice for professionals in the field.
Founded in 1993 by a group of nuclear cardiology specialists who sensed the need for a professional society dedicated solely to the needs of those who perform these procedures. ASNC’s membership is composed of cardiologists, radiologists, physicians, scientists, technologists, imaging specialists, and other professionals dedicated to the science and practice of nuclear cardiology. ASNC’s members represent the top experts in the field and, as a result, ASNC consistently serves as a leading voice in education, research, quality standards and guidelines, and advocacy in cardiovascular imaging.
Since its inception, ASNC has remained committed to its mission to provide professional education, establish standards and guidelines for training and practice, and serve as a representative in health policy forums on behalf of individuals in the nuclear cardiology field. ASNC’s strategic framework is firmly rooted in this mission and achieves its goals through:
  • Guidelines & Clinical Standards
  • Professional Education
  • Research
  • Advocacy

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