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Revascularization Volumes Halved Over 13 Years
Over the 13-year period ending in 2016, revascularization procedural volumes have dropped by half, although the percentage of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures done for myocardial infarction (MI) have more than doubled, a new administrative study shows.
More Evidence Backs LDL Below 70 to Reduce Recurrent Stroke
In a subanalysis of the Treat Stroke to Target (TST) trial, restricting analysis to only French participants followed for an average of 5 years demonstrated an even more robust potential to reduce recurrent stroke and other major cardiovascular events by treating patients to an LDL target of below 70 mg/dL.
Long Delays in Amyloidosis Dx, Even With Established Cardiac Care
Many patients with transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis establish care with cardiology for months, and even years, prior to their amyloidosis diagnosis, a new study shows. Researchers identified 70 patients seen at The Ohio State University in Columbus with a transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) diagnosis confirmed by cardiac biopsy or technetium pyrophosphate scan, of which 36 had wild-type ATTR and 34 had hereditary ATTR.
'Momentous' USMLE Change: New Pass/Fail Format Stuns Medicine
News that the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program will change its Step 1 scoring from a 3-digit number to pass/fail starting January 1, 2022, has set off a flurry of shocked responses from students and physicians.
Feds Sue Yale Hospital for Age Discrimination of Older Clinicians
Yale New Haven Hospital, the teaching hospital of the Yale School of Medicine, is accused of discriminating against older physicians in a lawsuit filed February 11 by the US Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the EEOC's filing in the US District Court for Connecticut, the hospital's "late career practitioner policy" requires any individual aged 70 and older who applies for or seeks to renew staff privileges to take neuropsychological and eye examinations.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pictured holding an advertisement sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids in support of HR 2339, which prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products. The bill passed last week. Speaker Pelosi showcased the advertisement on the floor of the House and at a press conference. ABC is among other African American organizations featured in the advertisement, including our long-time partners the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and the National Medical Association (NMA).

Items of Interest
Race May Influence Transplant Decision Making in Heart Failure
Author Bridget M. Kuehn highlights recent studies that seem to indicate unconscious bias may influence physician decision making and offers recommendations by experts on ways doctors can mitigate this bias to ensure equitable care for all patients. Drs. Khadijah Breathett and Quinn Capers IV were interviewed for this article.
Workplace Wellness Program Triumphs for Hypertension
A comprehensive workplace and community program successfully improved blood pressure (BP) control among workers in China and even promoted elements of a healthy lifestyle, a randomized trial showed. Two-thirds meet blood pressure target after 2 years.

New #JAMA: A #workplace-based multicomponent #intervention was more effective than usual care & led to lower #BloodPressure, improved #HTN control & adoption of healthy #lifestyle habits. #ImpSci #China #salt #implementation; Cluster #RCT n=4166 #employees
Tweeted by George Mensah, MD

Race Alone May Not Explain CVD Risk Disparities
Heart disease risk profiles differ widely among African Americans, blacks from the Caribbean and African immigrants. African immigrants have significantly lower rates of risk factors for heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases compared to blacks from the Caribbean and African Americans, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention, Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions 2020. The findings suggest that environmental, psychological and social differences could help account for differences in cardiovascular risk factors.
Telehealth Program Helps Minority Stroke Survivors Control BP
Adding nurse case management to home BP telemonitoring led to big declines in BP in Hispanics and African-Americans. Combining home blood pressure telemonitoring and nurse case management can result in substantial drops in BP among low-income Hispanic and African-American patients who’ve had a stroke within the past year and have uncontrolled hypertension, a randomized trial shows. Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD (NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York, NY), reported the results at the 2020 International Stroke Conference.
Successful Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair That Enhances Postoperative Recovery
A group of researchers led by Professor Yoshiki SAWA of the Cardiovascular Group in the Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, succeeded in beating-heart surgery to repair a mitral valve.
Simple Blood Test Could Help Reduce Heart Disease Deaths
Scientists at Newcastle University have revealed how a simple blood test could be used to help identify cardiovascular ageing and the risk of heart disease. For the first time, experts led by Professor Konstantinos Stellos report that higher levels of amyloid-beta in the blood may be a key indicator of cardiovascular disease.
Please forward your significant honors and accomplishments (academic, professional, community, civic) for calendar year 2019. ABC will formally highlight selected accomplishments of its members during the spring Membership Meeting and Officer Installation Ceremony to be held in Chicago on March 28, 2020. This will be an opportunity to honor you while educating the public about the extraordinary strengths, assets and rich diversity of our membership.

Deadline to submit is March 13th, 2020


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.
Sex Differences in Eligibility for Advanced Heart
Failure Therapies
Co-authored by Alanna A. Morris (with Rebecca S. Steinberg, Aditi Nayak, Celena O'Connell, Sharon Burford, Ann Pekarek, Neile Chesnut, Robert T. Cole, Divya Gupta, S. Raja Laskar, Kunal Bhatt, Michael Burke, Tamer Attia, Andrew Smith, et al.)
Although women are more likely to die from HF than men, registry data suggest that women are less likely to receive heart transplant (HT) or left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for largely unknown reasons. We investigated sex‐based differences in eligibility for and outcomes after receipt of advanced heart failure (HF) therapies.
10 Recommendations to Enhance Recruitment, Retention, and Career Advancement of Women Cardiologists
Co-authored by Sharonne N. Hayes MD, Sheila Sahni MD and Sherry-Ann Brown MD, PhD (with Garima Sharma MD, Amy A. Sarma MD, MHS, Mary Norine Walsh MD, Toniya Singh MD, Robert A.Harrington MD, Pamela S. Douglas MD and Claire S. Duvernoy MD)
Creating an environment that provides equitable advancement opportunities and prevents attrition of all highly skilled cardiologists will undoubtedly benefit programs as well as patients. The following are recommendations to promote inclusivity and improve the professional lives of men and women in cardiology.
Translational Behavioral Medicine: Diabetes section
A group of papers published Volume 10, Issue 1 of Translational Behavioral Medicine, a journal of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, points to optimism. From China, India, South Africa, Sweden and Uganda, they describe innovative programs for diabetes prevention and management that can reach substantial numbers and help them reduce risks for diabetes or improve its management.


Healthy People 2020 Health Disparities Data Widget
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) are pleased to announce the release of a new data search function. The Health Disparities widget is a new way for you to access this health disparities information. The new widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs).

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!

2020 Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit

Drs. Sharonne N. Hayes and Jennifer H. Mieres will speak on Friday, April 3, during this Canadian summit - "Women’s Cardiovascular Health Puzzle: Connecting the Pieces to Understand the Whole." Dr. Hayes will give a speech for the Opening Plenary as well as a talk later in the morning about SCAD. Dr. Mieres will give a keynote presentation on advancing health equity in women’s heart health.

April 2-3, 2020
Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel
Ottawa, Canada


2020 Biennial Cardio-Oncology Symposium

Dr. Tochi M. Okwuosa, one of the course directors, is hosting a symposium, “Cardiac Care for the Cancer Patient and Survivor,” in Chicago in April. This will be the second cardio-onc symposium and will feature Drs. Kim A. Williams, Sr., Clyde W. Yancy and Sherry-Ann Brown as part of the symposium’s faculty members. The CME event, sponsored by Rush University Medical Center, is available for all healthcare providers involved in the care of the cancer patient and survivor - primary care providers, oncologists, cardiologists, advanced practice providers, pharmacists and trainees.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Convene (meeting and event space)
16 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois

Million Hearts announces a NEW Hospitals & Health Systems Recognition Program that will spotlight clinical entities committed to reducing the impact of heart attacks and strokes. Learn how you can apply below.


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!


NCQA Opens Public Comment for HEDIS®

Now’s your chance to tell us what you think. NCQA’s opened public comment for proposed Health Effectiveness Data Information Set (HEDIS) additions, revisions and reductions for the 2020 round of specifications. Open comment closes March 11. NCQA seeks comments on the following: New HEDIS measures assessing cardiac rehabilitation utilization, kidney health evaluation for diabetic patients and osteoporosis screening for older women; Revisions to thirteen existing measures; Exclusions for palliative care that apply across multiple measures; Retirement of six measures; and Evaluation of the health plan descriptive domain.


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.


NIH Seeks Input for NIH-Wide Strategic Plan

NIH issued a Request for Information seeking public input on a framework for the 2021-2025 NIH-wide Strategic Plan. The new plan will build on the previous NIH-wide Strategic Plan to guide NIH’s research efforts over the next five years. The framework articulates NIH’s priorities in the following key areas: Biomedical and Behavioral Science Research, Scientific Research Capacity and Scientific Integrity, Public Accountability, and Social Responsibility in the Conduct of Science. The RFI will remain open through March 25.


Job Opening | Assistant/Associate Professor of Cardiology

The Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at the Morehouse School of Medicine is seeking a BC/BE interventional cardiologist at the assistant or associate professor level.

This position includes practice in facility with state of the art invasive/interventional and noninvasive laboratories, the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and cardiology fellowship training program. Qualified applicants should possess outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills with commitment to teaching and research. Additional skills in echocardiography, nuclear and peripheral imaging is desirable.

Interested applicants should email or send CV to:

Anekwe Onwuanyi, M.D., FACC, FHFSA
Chief, Division of Cardiology
720 Westview Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Phone: (404) 616-8804


Upcoming Events

Register for ABC Events @ ACC 2020


Friday, March 27, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
ABC Fellows Annual Educational Program and
Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition
Hilton Chicago
Waldorf Room (3rd Floor)
720 South Michigan Avenue,Chicago, IL 60605

Saturday, March 28, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
ABC General Membership Dinner Meeting
& Installation Dinner 2020 | VIEW FLYER
The Art Institute of Chicago
230 South Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60603
Networking & Cocktail Reception (Chicago Gallery) | 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Dinner & Program (CSER Trading Room) | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, March 29, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Raising Awareness of ATTR Amyloidosis:
An ABC/ACC Educational Reception
Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue,Chicago, IL 60605

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
View Agenda | Register via ACC.20

Call for ABC Members Presenting at ACC.20
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.

Deadline to submit is Friday, March 13, 2020.


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