American College of Cardiology President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, will attend the Sept. 27, 2018, U.N. General Assembly meeting on efforts to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) around the globe to show the College’s commitment to the fight to stop these devastating diseases.

The ACC has been actively involved in the prevention of NCDs since the 2011 U.N. Summit on NCDs. Through its 42 international chapters and global educational programs, the ACC reaches over 75,000 doctors each year in our activities to advance the prevention and control of NCDs.

The ACC’s ongoing work to reduce the prevalence of NCDs includes:

  • ACC Global Education Program on Heart Disease: a customized program that meets the unique needs of physicians, patient communities and health care systems in 10 countries
  • ACC International Conferences: international and regional faculty partner together to deliver an educational experience with the unique perspective of clinical practice in three regions – Latin America, the Middle East and Asia
  • Collaborating with stakeholders: the ACC partners with the NCD Alliance and World Heart Federation around global NCD efforts

In 2015, the U.N. set a goal of reducing preventable deaths from NCDs by one-third by 2030. NCDs are chronic diseases that cannot be transmitted and are generally long-lasting and progress slowly. However, new research finds that more than 50 percent of countries are not on target to reduce premature deaths from four major NCDs—heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes—by 2030.

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