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Mortality Falls With FFR-Guided PCI of Intermediate Lesions in Registry Study
Trials and guidelines support use of a pressure wire to measure the functional importance of angiographically questionable coronary lesions in stable patients, but a lot of operators apparently remain unconvinced of its value. Would real-world evidence for a survival benefit change their minds?
Simple Tool Assesses Frailty in Elderly Considering TAVR
New research has offered an approach to the dilemma of whether elderly and potentially frail patients should undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). A multicenter group of investigators studied more than 36,200 patients 65 years or older who had undergone TAVR to evaluate the ability of three frailty indices — anemia, albumin level, and 5 m walk speed — to predict 30-day and 1-year mortality.
Genomic Experts Throw Cold Water on Most Long QT Genes
Genomics experts say evidence falls short for more than half the genes published and anointed as causing long QT syndrome (LQTS) and assessed routinely on commercial genetic test panels. Of the 17 genes previously reported in the literature to cause LQTS, nine were classified as having "limited" or "disputed" evidence for a gene-disease association.
Echoes of SARS Mark 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
The current outbreak of severe respiratory infections caused by the 2019 novel coronarvirus (2019-nCoV) has a clinical presentation resembling the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) outbreak that began in 2002, Chinese investigators caution.
Items of Interest
Review Explores Racial Disparities in Aortic Stenosis Diagnosis and Treatment
A new review of studies examining patients with severe aortic stenosis is breaking down the racial and ethnic differences in diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of the condition. Results of the review, which included more than a dozen studies published between 2001 and 2019, revealed discrepancies in the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes for patients with severe aortic stenosis based on a patient’s race or ethnic group. To explore the ever-growing base of aortic stenosis data, investigators—led by Kevin Thomas, MD, associate professor of medicine at Duke University—conducted a review of the PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science databases. See study in the "Featured Articles by Members" section below.
BCBS Tackles Outpatient Generic Medication Spending, Access
BCBS Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield companies are focusing on increasing access to care through lowering outpatient generic medication spending. Eighteen Blue Cross Blue Shield Association companies will be forming a subsidiary to handle high outpatient generic medication spending and combat drug shortages, announced Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The companies are partnering with the non-profit generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, Civica Rx. The pharmaceutical company originally formed on the principle of lowering generic drug costs. Allegheny Health Network, a Highmark health system, was among its founders.
Report: National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services
On 19 and 20 June 2019, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened the Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services to assess the available evidence on disparities in the use of 10 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force-recommended clinical preventive services for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. (Use of these services often is substantially lower among racial and ethnic minority groups, rural residents, and persons of lower socioeconomic status). This final report in the January/February 2020 issue of Annals of Family Medicine summarizes the panel's findings, identifying current gaps in knowledge and made 26 recommendations for new research and methods development to improve implementation of proven services to reduce disparities in preventable conditions.
Despite Decades of Initiatives, Rural Physicians Grow Scarcer
The number came as a surprise even to Montana State University Professor of Nursing Peter Buerhaus, and he’s been writing about medical workforce issues for years: The supply of rural physicians—their numbers few in many sparsely populated areas—is projected to fall 23% over the next decade. That finding came in a study co-authored by Buerhaus—its lead author was Dartmouth medical student Lucy Skinner—and published in The New England Journal of Medicine in July. By 2030, they project there will be 9.4 doctors for every 10,000 residents of rural areas in contrast to 29.6 for every 10,000 residents of nonrural areas.
Featured Articles by Members
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Racial and Ethnic Differences in Treatment and Outcomes of Severe Aortic Stenosis: A Review
Co-authored by Larry R. Jackson II, George S. A. Yankey and Kevin L. Thomas (with Jimica B. Wilson, Francis E. Ugowe, Terrell Jones, and Colin Marts)
Aortic stenosis (AS) is among the most common valvular heart diseases encountered in the United States. In this review the authors examine differences between racial and ethnic groups in the epidemiology and management of severe AS, explore potential explanations for these findings, and discuss the implications for improving the delivery of care to racially and ethnically diverse populations.

We LOVE to LEARN how our ABC Members are making a difference! Please Share. Giving a keynote speech? Presenting at a Grand Round? Receiving an Award? Interviewed by the Press? Published in a journal? Presenter or Panelist at a Conference? Graduating? Email Rachel Williams at or please tag or DM us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with links/details, so we can spotlight your excellence in our newsletter!

EASi Board Voices Urgent Need to
Address Access and Adherence Issues
The EASi Board was originally conceived by Dr. Helene Clayton-Jeter, at that time with the FDA, and Dr Fred Senatore as an outgrowth of the Million Hearts Campaign. The EASi Board grew in membership and focused its mission to attenuate issues inimical to medication adherence and remove racial/ethnic disparities in medical care. The EASi Board became aligned with the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention as well as the Association of Black Cardiologists.

Dr. Helene Clayton-Jeter states "My strategy for creating the FDA's Enhanced Adherence Strategic Initiative (EASi) was driven out of my desire to shape the medication adherence narrative with culturally relevant communication, enhancing behavioral changes that improve medical outcomes."

Dr. Jack Lewin states “It has been a privilege working with the distinguished members of EASI Board, with ABC, FDA, and others to improve medication adherence and reduce disparities in CV medicine, given that improving medications adherence remains the most powerful means of improving outcomes in our patients.”

Dr. Samar Nasser states "Our collaborate initiative has exposed many of the health care disparities and addressed several ways to offset these detrimental effects in the care of our patients. However with a dedicated focus upon medication adherence, we can hopefully close the gap to health care inequalities."

Dr. Dennis Cryer states “Having been passionate about healthcare disparities since my youth, and a long-time member and volunteer with ABC, it is gratifying to have had the opportunity to help establish EASi and contribute to the important mission of ABC.”

EASi Board Members

Helene D. Clayton-Jeter, OD
NADPH, Director of Advocacy,
Thought Leadership & Policy (ATP)
Director, Friends of the National
Institute on Minority Health and
Health Disparities

Dennis R. Cryer, MD, FAHA
Chief Medical Officer
Cryer Health
Fortunato Fred Senatore, MD,
Medical Officer,
Center for Drug Evaluation and
Research, Division of
Cardiovascular and Renal Products,
Food and Drug Administration

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC,
Professor of Clinical Medicine,
Tulane University School of Medicine
Samar A. Nasser, PhD, MPH, PA-C
Associate Professor, Clinical
Research & Leadership
Director, Clinical and Translational Research
Director, Clinical Health Sciences
School of Medicine and Health Sciences,
George Washington University

John C. Lewis, MD
President and CEO
Cardiovascular Research Foundation

ABC's Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition

Submit your abstract summarizing any problem that relates to cardiovascular disease whether it is: Clinical, Basic or Population Science. Abstract must be original scientific research and must not have been published previously.

Any physician/scientist presently in a residency or cardiology fellowship training program and active in the Association of Black Cardiologists is eligible. Not an ABC member? Click here to join or renew.

Four (4) outstanding abstracts will be selected for presentation at ABC's Annual Fellows Program on Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, IL.

The winner of the Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition will also receive a $1,000 cash award.

Deadline to submit your abstract is February 7, 2020.


Register for ABC Events @ ACC 2020


Friday, March 27, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
ABC Fellows Annual Educational Program and
Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition

Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue,Chicago, IL 60605

Saturday, March 28, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
ABC General Membership Dinner Meeting
The Art Institute of Chicago
230 South Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60603

Sunday, March 29, 10:45am – 12:15pm
ABC-ACC Joint Symposium — “Conundrums in Application of
Guideline Directed Therapies in Real-World Scenarios:
Impact on Minority Populations

Chairpersons: Eldrin Lewis, MD and Alanna Morris, MD
McCormick Place
2301 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616
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Call for ABC Members
Presenting at ACC 2020

March 28-30, 2020 | Chicago, IL.

In the spirit of networking and sharing innovation, please let us know if you are chairing and/or moderating a session, serving on a panel, speaking during the conference or presenting a poster or paper. ABC will publicize this information.

Click here to include your event details by March 6th, 2020.

Associate Editor George A. Mensah, MD, director of the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and William T. Riley, PhD, director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, invite manuscript submissions for a special issue of Ethnicity & Disease to be published in November 2020.

Please submit a structured abstract of up to 400 words by Monday, Feb 10, 2020.


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the next Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from August 3 to 7, 2020. The HDRI is now accepting applications, which must be submitted by March 9, 2020! This is an opportunity to learn from NIH scientific experts in the field and discuss research projects on minority health and health disparities!


NIMHD Accepting Proposals for Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation

NIMHD is supporting two new funding opportunities, PAR-19-373 (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) and PAR-19-384 (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required), to understand the interrelation between social connectedness and social isolation on health disparity populations and health disparities (how the mechanisms, processes, and trajectories of social relationships affect outcomes in health, illness, and more.). This work includes the impact of interpersonal and systemic discrimination and microaggressions on social connectedness and isolation. This research aims to identify unique challenges and intervention targets for health disparity populations. NIMHD encourages investigators to participate in this important public health activity and welcomes inquiries concerning these FOAs. Review the funding opportunities for more information on eligibility and application submissions.

Application Due Date: March 17, 2020.


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