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Cardiologists Mobilize to Protect Quality Cardiac Care for Patients New Guarding Hearts Alliance: Heart Patients' Advocate in Congress
Date:9/24/2009

ly concerned about the access to quality care for more than 80 million patients suffering from heart disease. The group's mission is to educate lawmakers and others about how proposed Medicare regulations and health care reforms could needlessly risk patient lives.

Patients concerned about their access to cardiac care being restricted in this debate should sign up to join the alliance at www.GuardingHeartsAlliance.org. Their voices will be heard clearly in October, when members of the alliance travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers about issues that could have significantly adverse affects on the nation's fight against heart disease.

"We will advocate vigorously for heart patients," said Cathleen Biga, president of Cardiology Advocacy Alliance, which helped create the new group. "Our comprehensive campaign includes a dynamic and interactive Website to educate the public, online advertising and awareness activities in key markets across the country." Biga noted that the campaign will center on stories of patients who have experienced the need for access to immediate cardiac care and diagnostic equipment.

Potential Impact of Medicare and Health Care Reform Proposals
America's cardiologists have made great advancements against heart disease, reducing heart-related deaths and the severity of heart-related illness by 27 percent during the past 10 years. The urgent need for this specialty will continue to grow by 60 percent in the next 15 years as baby boomers age.

However, proposed changes to Medicare and certain provisions in legislation before Congress threaten the advances in cardiac care that have benefited patients across the country. Guarding Hearts Alliance is f
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