Who We Are

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is a multidisciplinary professional association comprised of health professionals who serve in the field of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Members include cardiovascular and pulmonary physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, behavioral scientists, respiratory therapists, dieticians and nutritionists. 

We are committed to the continued professional development of our members through networking and educational opportunities.




History & Mission

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is dedicated to our mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families. 

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The success of AACVPR depends on the activities of a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, several volunteer committees and a committed professional headquarters staff. 

The Board of Directors is the governing body for AACVPR and is responsible for developing the organization’s strategic plan and making fiscal and policy decisions that align AACVPR activities with its mission and vision and result in significant benefit to its members.

Committee members develop resources, organize and implement initiatives and keep a keen eye on policies resulting in exceptional educational opportunities, and resources important to the fulfillment of our mission and our members’ success.

Interested in growing your leadership skills through AACVPR? Let us know by contacting AACVPR headquarters at 312/321-5146 or via email at aacvpr@aacvpr.org

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Partnerships allow AACVPR to broaden its scope, reach a more extensive audience, and provide connections that allow the greatest positive influence on program quality and patient outcomes.

Strategic Partners
AACVPR is proud to partner with a select group of strategic partners whose collaboration on a number of strategic initiatives has resulted in benefits to our members and the cardiac and pulmonary rehab community. 

Liaison Organizations 
We also join forces with a wide variety of liaison organizations whose missions and goals are similar to ours. 

Industry Supporters
AACVPR is grateful to our corporate and industry supporters, whose financial support assists in providing high quality educational opportunities and sustains special initiatives. 

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Publications and Resources

AACVPR publishes a number of key documents dedicated to advancing the quality of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation and secondary prevention programs.

Key publications from AACVPR include:

AACVPR also leads writing groups for guidelines, scientific reviews and publications in peer-reviewed journals. A comprehensive collection of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation resources can be found in the Resources for AACVPR Members section of the website. 

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We provide education to our members via the AACVPR Annual Meeting, e-learning, and leadership training. Click here to learn more.

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Public Policy Efforts

AACVPR has a dedicated and active government relations staff in Washington, D.C. Click here to learn more about our policy efforts and events. 

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Program Certification

AACVPR sponsors a Cardiac and Pulmonary Program Certification process, the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. 

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Professional Certification

AACVPR provides Cardiac Rehabilitation professional the opportunity to earn the only comprehensive professional certification in cardiac rehabilitation: the Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP). To learn more, click here

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Outpatient Data Registries


The AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Registries are powerful tools for tracking patient outcomes and program performance in meeting evidence-based guidelines for secondary prevention of heart and vascular disease. 

Participating programs can create and manage patient profiles, enter and view outcomes data in real time, track progress, and produce individual and grouped outcomes reports.Click here to learn more. 

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Each year, AACVPR bestows the following honors upon deserving individuals:

AACVPR also presents deserving CR/PR Programs and Affiliates organizations with the following two awards:

AACVPR will also recognize individuals who have made significant strides in the fields of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Nominations are not being accepted at this time for these two awards:

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