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Roadmap to a career in preventive cardiology
  1. Charles A German1,
  2. Michael D Shapiro2
  1. 1Center for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Section on Cardiovascular Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
  2. 2Cardiovascular Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael D Shapiro, Center for Prevention of Cardiovascualr Disease, Section on Cardiovascular Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC 27157, USA; mdshapir{at}wakehealth.edu

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While the concept of cardiovascular disease prevention spans a wide range of medical disciplines and specialties, few trainees receive dedicated, well-rounded training in this field which aims to curtail the burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Increasing rates of cardiometabolic diseases, coupled with increases in sedentary lifestyle and poor diet during the COVID-19 pandemic, have highlighted the urgent need for ASCVD prevention, and preventive cardiologists are at the forefront of this public health emergency.

Fundamentally, the practice of preventive cardiology requires knowledge of cardiovascular physiology, epidemiology, genetics, metabolism, anatomy, multimodality imaging, stress testing, pharmacology, cardiac rehabilitation and lifestyle management.1 Unfortunately, preventive cardiology is not widely recognised or standardised, though some have outlined the basic components necessary for success in the field.2 3 We feel that expertise …

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  • Contributors CAG contributed to the planning, conduct and reporting of the manuscript. He also created the image. MDS is an expert in preventive cardiology, who reviewed the manuscript for its content and relevance.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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