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The Loneliness of Being a Physician
The hustle and bustle of the holidays and the accompanying get-togethers and social obligations—among family, friends, and colleagues—has come to an end. A new year means time to get back to work and, often for physicians, picking up old work habits that tend to isolate them from others.
THEMIS Top-Line Results: Ticagrelor Cuts CV Event Risk in Diabetics With Coronary Disease
A randomized trial of the antiplatelet ticagrelor (Brilinta/Brilique, AstraZeneca) for primary prevention in type 2 diabetes has "met its primary end point" of major adverse cardiac events (MACE), implying a significant benefit, the sponsoring company announced recently.
FDA Okays Orsiro, First Ultrathin Drug-Eluting Coronary Stent
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Orsiro, the first ultrathin drug-eluting stent (DES) in the United States for the treatment of coronary artery disease, Biotronik announced this week.
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Detroit Cardiovascular Training Program Receives Big Boost From NIH
The Detroit Cardiovascular Training Program at Wayne State University received notice that funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will continue for the next five years with additional funding of $1.29 million. In addition, NIH has approved raising the trainee slots from four to six, strengthening the university's ability to attract the most talented candidates searching for a cardiovascular graduate program.
Cardiology Mentoring Program Starts; 20 Louisiana Students
The American College of Cardiology has chosen 13 students at Louisiana high schools and seven at universities in the state to kick off a new one-year mentoring program. Students come from schools in the state where the ACC holds its Annual Scientific Session.
Hypertension Management in Cancer Patients
Ana Barac, MD, PhD, of Georgetown University and Director of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute's Cardio-Oncology Program and Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program there, discussed chemotherapeutic-related hypertension, including which types of therapies are causing hypertension and how to manage patients.
New PCSK9 Inhibitor Class Data Released
Nearly 60% of patients initially denied according to new data. Patients, clinicians and advocates often hear that prior authorization is used only to ensure that “appropriate” patients access innovative drugs like PCSK9 inhibitors. New data from the Institute for Patient Access suggests that may not be true.
Featured Articles by Members
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An African American Perspective on Familial Notification of Becoming a Registered Organ Donor
Co-authored by Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH (with Derek A. DuBay, MD, Nataliya V. Ivankova, MPH, PhD, Ivan Herbey, MD, MPH, David T. Redden, PhD, Cheryl Holt, PhD, Laura Siminoff, PhD, Thomas A. Morinelli, PhD, Michelle Y. Martin, PhD)
Studies demonstrate that family notification is much less frequent in African Americans than in Caucasians. Familial notification of one’s decision to become a registered organ donor (ROD) is important to ensure adherence to the decedent’s donation decision and to disseminate prodonation attitudes. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of familial notification among recent African American RODs.
Strategies to Fill the Gaps in Nutrition Education for Health Professionals Through Continuing Medical Education
Co-authored by Eugenia Gianos (with Emily Johnston, Tony Mathews, Karen Aspry and Monica Aggarwal)
Recent studies have documented that diet quality in the US is poor and linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD), other non-communicable diseases, and total mortality. As a result, nutrition counseling in clinical practice is an evidence-based strategy endorsed by numerous stakeholders.
A Qualitative Study Exploring Contraceptive Practices and Barriers to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Use in a Sample of Adolescents Living in the Southern United States
Co-authored by Tina Simpson, MD, MPH (with Charrelle Coates, MD, Catherine M. Gordon, MD, MS)
Increasing use of LARC goes beyond awareness. Concerns about effectiveness, future fertility, duration of devices, and perceived invasiveness represent barriers for adolescents. Further research is needed to determine how to address these barriers because it pertains to counseling of sexually active girls on the use of LARC.
Dr. Clyde Yancy Included on 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List
Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc, was ranked among the most-cited researchers in the world, according to an annual list released by Clarivate Analytics. The Highly Cited Researchers list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top one percent by citations for field and year in Web of Science. The current list takes into account papers published and cited between 2006 and 2016. Clarivate Analytics estimates that just one in 1,000 researchers achieve designation as highly cited.
ABC Members Contributed to Special Women's Health Edition of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications

Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally.
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New Orleans, Louisiana | March 16-18

Friday, March 15, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Conversations in Cardiology: Advances in Difficult-to-Treat and Resistant Hypertension –– Register here
Keith Ferdinand, MD

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm –– Registration & Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm –– Educational Activity
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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)
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Friday, March 15, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
ABC Fellows Annual Educational Program and Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition –– Register here
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ABC General Membership Dinner Meeting –– Register here
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Sunday, March 17, 7:00 am – 8:45 am
Patient Centered Research - Breakfast Workshop –– Register here

A collaboration with ABC, the University of Maryland, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Eldrin F. Lewis, MD, MPH

New Orleans Marriott, Galleries 5-6
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Sunday, March 17, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
ABC-ACC Joint Symposium –– Register here
“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
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