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This website was developed by SCAI – the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Watch this video to learn more about SCAI.
At SecondsCount.org, we promote healthy hearts, one family at a time. When patients and their families are educated about cardiovascular health, they are better prepared to navigate the medical system and actively participate in their care. SecondsCount.org is a public education website hosted by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) to provide in-depth and interesting information about cardiovascular health, from prevention to treatment and everything in between.
SCAI is the primary professional association for invasive and interventional cardiologists, physicians who diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease and congenital and structural heart conditions through catheter-based procedures, such as angioplasty and stenting. Members of SCAI are among the world's foremost authorities on cardiovascular disease and its treatment.
Through membership in SCAI, invasive and interventional cardiologists continue to advance patient care through the development of standards and best-practice guidelines and through ongoing professional education and training.
Membership in SCAI includes approximately 4,000 invasive/interventional cardiologists in approximately 70 nations. Highly experienced members who have met performance standards established by SCAI and have garnered excellent peer recommendations can achieve the status of FSCAI, which stands for Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. To achieve the prestigious status of Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, candidates undergo a review of credentials that must include letters of recommendation, board certification in interventional cardiology or five years of experience post-training with more than 1,000 procedures performed (375 for pediatric).
The FSCAI designation provides validation helpful to patients as they choose an interventional cardiologist.
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Dr. Dennis W. Kim tells why so many people turn to SecondsCount.org for information on treating cardiovascular disease.
SCAI promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through:
- Education of both healthcare providers and patients
- Physician representation
- Development of guidelines
- Advancement of quality and safety standards
SCAI was founded in 1978 under the guidance of Drs. F. Mason Sones and Melvin P. Judkins, pioneering medical scientists whose contributions permitted the development and implementation of invasive cardiology and who foresaw the need for an organization to advance the discipline.
Ted A. Bass, M.D., FSCAI, serves as the 2013-2014 president of SCAI. Dr. Bass is the Medical Director at the University of Florida-Shands Jacksonville Cardiovascular Center, and Chief of the Division of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida.
SCAI hosts this website as part of a public education initiative designed to inform patients and their families about cardiovascular disease.
SCAI has undertaken this public education initiative with its own resources as well as support from Abbott Vascular, AstraZeneca, Boston Scientific Corporation, Cordis Corporation, Covidien, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc and Lilly USA, LLC, Edwards Lifesciences, Gilead Sciences, and Medtronic CardioVascular. The Society gratefully acknowledges these generous grants while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.