Although significant progress has been made to reduce the global burden of cardiovascular disease, efforts have focused primarily on treatment of manifest disease rather than on prevention of events. An enormous opportunity exists to transition focus from intervention to providing equal attention to prevention of cardiovascular disease. The nascent specialty of “preventive cardiology” is emerging from the background of long-established services such as lipid, diabetes, hypertension, and general cardiology clinics. It is incumbent on the cardiology community to invest in cardiovascular prevention because past gains are threatened with the rising tide of obesity and diabetes. Now is the time to establish a dedicated preventive cardiology subspecialty to train the clinicians of the future. This American College of Cardiology Council Perspective aims to define the need for preventive cardiology as a unique subspecialty, broaches controversies, provides a structure for future training and education, and identifies possible paths forward to professional certification.
- cardiovascular disease