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February 7, 2019
News From Medscape
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'Old Boys' Culture Keeping Women Out of Interventional Cardiology?
A survey of cardiology fellows-in-training sheds light on why so few women choose interventional cardiology as a subspecialty and what might entice more of them to enter the field.
Troponin Stratifies Risk in Chest Pain: PROMISE
Higher concentrations of high-sensitivity troponin I, even those within the normal range, are associated with a heightened near-term risk for death, acute myocardial infarction, and hospitalization in symptomatic outpatients, new research suggests.
Wide Variance in Revascularization of Stable Myocardial Ischemia
A new Canadian study shows wide variation in the use of revascularization in patients with asymptomatic stable ischemic heart disease, highlighting the uncertainty over how to manage these patients.
Items of Interest
One in Four Doctors Say Prior Authorization Has Led to a Serious Adverse Event
According to a new AMA survey of 1,000 practicing physicians, 90 percent say prior authorization is having a significant impact on their ability to help their patients.
Featured Articles by Members
ABC Members: We welcome your published research submissions and articles for inclusion in future issues of Clinical Updates and Insights. Email Rachel Williams at and please attach file or include links to the original published work and/or abstract.
The Promise of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes to Treat Heart Failure
Co-authored by Ikeotunye Royal Chinyere (with Jordan J. Lancaster, Jen Watson Koevary and Steven Goldman)
Scientists in Japan are now performing a clinical trial using human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes to treat chronic heart failure.
Uncontrolled Hypertension in Black Men: Is Cutting Blood Pressure in the Barbershop a Long-Term Solution?
Co-authored by Keith C. Ferdinand (with Rachel M. Graham)
The publication in Circulation of “Sustainability of Blood Pressure Reduction in Black Barbershops,” by Victor et al, demonstrates robust trial benefits. However, several considerations should be made before this approach is disseminated on a widespread scale.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Stroke
Co-authored by Girardin-Jean-Louis (Shazia Jehan, Mahmoud Farag, Ferdinand Zizi, Seithikurippu R Pandi-Perumal, Alicia Chung, Anrew Truong, Daniela Tello, and Samy I McFarlane)
OSA is a common finding in both stroke patients and in ischemic stroke patients; it is also an independent risk factor for all stroke patients. Given the prevalence of OSA, all stroke patients should be screened for OSA at the time of presentation of stroke using polysomnography.
Culturally Tailored, Peer-Based Sleep Health Education and Social Support to Increase Obstructive Sleep Apnea Assessment
Co-authored by Girardin Jean-Louis, Joseph Ravenell and Gbenga Ogedegbe (Azizi A. Seixas, Chau Trinh-Shevrin and Ferdinand Zizi)
Compared to whites, blacks are at increased risk for obstructive sleep apnea yet less likely to adhere to a physician's recommendations. Poor OSA health literacy and lack of social support to navigate the current healthcare system are two potential barriers to adequate OSA care.
Featured Articles From the Archives
In honor of Black History Month we are featuring published work –– research, case studies or editorial comments –– by some of ABC's founding and early members.
Echocardiographic Observations in Opiate Addicts With Active Infective Endocarditis
Co-authored by Boisey O. Barnes, MD and Charles L. Curry, MD, FACC (Joseph J. Andy, MD, Mazhar U. Sheikh, MD, Nayab Ali, MD, FACC, Lay M. Fox, MD, FACC,and William C. Roberts, MD, FACC')
Frequency of involvement of the various valves and comparison of echocardiographic features of right-and left-sided cardiac valve endocarditis.
Visits of a Pharmacologist to Europe and South America
Walter M. Booker
Look into the travels in Europe and South America by Walter M. Booker, Ph.D. in the late 1950's and early 1960's.
The Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson / Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship

The American Medical Association Foundation (AMAF) and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) have partnered to create a scholarship that promotes diversity in medicine, encourages commitment to eliminating health care disparities, and supports future cardiologists, while helping to alleviate medical student debt.  With generous support from founding donor Genita Evangelista Johnson, this annual scholarship will provide tuition support in the amount of $5,000.  Applications for the 2019 Award are now available to medical schools with a deadline of February 7, 2019.  The student must meet all eligibility criteria related to the program. Please contact your medical school’s financial aid office or appropriate faculty member for more information.
Upcoming Events
ABC Partners with Alliance for Aging Research to Promote Heart Valve Disease Awareness
On February 22, National Heart Valve Disease (HVD) Awareness Day will be celebrated with events and campaigns to spread awareness about HVD.  You can get involved by accessing and downloading resources here.

March 16 - 18

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street


Deadline to book: February 21

Friday, March 15, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
ABC Fellows Annual Educational Program and Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Friday, March 15, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ACC Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall
Reception honoring Dr. Richard Allen Williams will immediately follow
Sheraton New Orleans (Room TBD)
500 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Saturday. March 16, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
ABC General Membership Dinner Meeting
Arnaud’s Restaurant 
813 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA

Sunday, March 17, 7:30 am – 8:45 am
Patient-Centered Research

A collaboration with ABC, the University of Maryland, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Sunday, March 17, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
ABC-ACC Joint Symposium
“New Paradigms in Contemporary Cardiovascular Care: Application of Guideline-Directed Therapies – Implications for Minority Populations and Resolution of Disparities”
John M. Fontaine, MD, MBA
Henry Okafor, MD

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130
2019 Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions

May 8 - 11

W San Francisco
181 3rd Street


Deadline to book: February 22
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