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March 13, 2020

ABC Update from Executive Committee
The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) programs and events scheduled for March 27-30 at ACC.20/WCC have been postponed in concert with ACC cancellation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ABC Executive Committee decided to move all of our planned activities besides our leadership transition (which will now occur virtually at the end of March) to our signature fall meeting and Awards gala that will be tentatively held the weekend of October 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. Please stay tuned for further details, and thank you for support of ABC!
We wish everyone great health!

News From Medscape
The following recommended articles on are freely available through the partnership between ABC and Medscape, no registration or login required.
Even Normotensives Benefit From Cutting Sodium: Meta-Analysis
A new meta-analysis adds further fuel to the controversy over sodium and cardiovascular health, suggesting that reducing dietary sodium lowers blood pressure (BP) even among those whose starting systolic BP is as low as 120 mmHg.
Paradox for Women Emerges in Imaging of Ischemic Stroke
Although women appear to have more favorable vascular and hemodynamic measures after an ischemic stroke than men, overall, they experience worse functional outcomes, new evidence demonstrates. The findings suggest other factors may be driving this inconsistency.
FOTO-TIA: Focus on the Eye May Discriminate TIA, Stroke vs Mimics
The retinal microvasculature can help differentiate mild stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) from a mimic presentation, helping physicians triage patients and initiate appropriate management, new evidence suggests.
2020 ADA Standards: A 'New Concept' in Treating T2D
Anne L. Peters, MD continues her overview of the 2020 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.
Items of Interest

BLOG SERIES – A Paycheck Away:
Financial Fitness in Medicine
Want to know how financially fit you are? Read this two-part blog series from Dr. Dapo Iluyomade (Chief Fellow in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital) about how to set a positive trajectory for your financial future, as well as what steps to take as an early career physician.
Financial Fitness in Medicine – Part I

Financial Fitness in Medicine – Part II

Modern Women With Heart Disease Need Flexible Lifestyle Programs
According to a study in the in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, women are less likely to attend cardiac rehab - in part because rehab programs are designed with men in mind. Women with heart disease today need flexible options for lifestyle programs that fit their busy schedules.
Low Blood Pressure Linked to High Mortality in Older Adults
A large-scale study analyzed 415,980 electronic medical records of older adults in England. People aged 75 or over with low blood pressure (below 130/80) had increased mortality rates in the follow-up, compared to those with normal blood pressure. This was especially pronounced in 'frail' individuals, who had 62% increased risk of death during the 10-year follow-up.
CRT 2020: Retrospective Analysis Isolates Predictors of Late Pacemaker Need Post-TAVR
A small percentage of patients discharged after TAVR without a permanent pacemaker will require one in the intervening months, but predicting who those patients are is challenging. New data from a small, retrospective study found that patients with baseline QRS width ≥ 120 ms and those implanted with a self-expanding valve were at increased risk for advanced conduction disturbance requiring pacing. For the study, Alexis K. Okoh, MD (RWJBarnabas Health, NJ) and colleagues prospectively reviewed data on patients treated with TAVR at their high-volume center.
COVID-19 and the Heart: Insights From the Front Lines
As the number of COVID-19 cases—and panic—spreads throughout the globe, a picture is emerging as to what the direct cardiovascular effects of this particular coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) might be and what the indirect impact will be on cardiologists and the patients in their care. Clinicians on the front lines in the heaviest-hit areas of what has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) described to TCTMD what it’s like on the ground, and how they are coping.
COVID-19: What's Cancelled, What Isn't
Amid fears the COVID-19 outbreak affecting much of the world will become a pandemic, some medical conferences have already been cancelled and others may be as the situation develops. Here's a list of medical meetings and whether you'll be able to attend. The list will be updated as more announcements are made.
Track the Coronavirus Outbreak on Johns Hopkins Live Dashboard
This tracker from Johns Hopkins University provides realtime information and counts cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in China, as well as around the world, including numbers of deaths, recovered patients, and countries affected.
Esperion Announces FDA Approval of NEXLETOL™ (bempedoic acid) Tablet, an Oral, Once-Daily, Non-Statin LDL-Cholesterol Lowering Medicine
Esperion (NASDAQ:ESPR) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved NEXLETOL™ (bempedoic acid) tablet, an oral, once-daily, non-statin LDL-Cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering medicine. NEXLETOL is indicated as an adjunct to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy for the treatment of adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) or established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) who require additional lowering of LDL-C.
Esperion Announces FDA Approval of the NEXLIZET™ (bempedoic acid and ezetimibe) Tablet, an Oral, Once-Daily, Non-Statin LDL-Cholesterol Lowering Medicine
Esperion (NASDAQ:ESPR) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved NEXLIZET™ (bempedoic acid and ezetimibe) tablet, an oral, once-daily, non-statin LDL-Cholesterol (LDL-C), lowering medicine. NEXLIZET is indicated as an adjunct to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy for the treatment of adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) or established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), who require additional lowering of LDL-C.

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 Relationship Between Neighborhood Socioeconomic Deprivation and Telomere Length: The 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Co-authored by Tiffany M.Powell-Wiley (with Samson Y. Gebreab, Sophie E. Claudel, Colby Ayers, Marcus R. Andrews, Joel Adu-Brimpong, David Berrigan, and Sharon K. Davis)
Socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods have been associated with poor health outcomes. Little is known about the biological mechanism by which deprived neighborhood conditions exert negative influences on health. Data from the 1999–2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) were used to assess the relationship between neighborhood deprivation index (NDI) and log-transformed leukocyte telomere length (LTL) via multilevel modeling to control for census tract level clustering.

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 Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's PRIDE Summer Institute is now accepting applications! There are nine mentored research training programs offering career advancing opportunities for junior-level faculty and research scientists from diverse backgrounds.


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


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