The Supply and Demand of the Cardiovascular Workforce: Striking the Right Balance

Akhil Narang*, Shashank S. Sinha, Bharath Rajagopalan, Nkechinyere N. Ijioma, Natalie Jayaram, Aaron P. Kithcart, Varsha K. Tanguturi, Michael W. Cullen

*Corresponding author for this work

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As the burden of cardiovascular disease in the United States continues to increase, uncertainty remains on how well-equipped the cardiovascular workforce is to meet the challenges that lie ahead. In a time when health care is rapidly shifting, numerous factors affect the supply and demand of the cardiovascular workforce. This Council Commentary critically examines several factors that influence the cardiovascular workforce. These include current workforce demographics and projections, evolving health care and practice environments, and the increasing burden of cardiovascular disease. Finally, we propose 3 strategies to optimize the workforce. These focus on cardiovascular disease prevention, the effective utilization of the cardiovascular care team, and alterations to the training pathway for cardiologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1680-1689
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number15
StatePublished - Oct 11 2016


  • cardiovascular care team
  • demographics
  • fellowship
  • prevention
  • training pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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