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New Focus on Renin-Angiotensin System Role in COVID-19
New research targeting the ACE2 receptor may explain why men and individuals with underlying cardiovascular diseases appear to have worse outcomes, and shows a similar relationship with influenza A.
COVID-19: What Will Happen to Physician Income This Year?
The global pandemic has devastated the US economy, including physician income. Experts discuss what physicians can anticipate regarding their income as the year progresses.
Obesity Can Shift Severe COVID-19 to Younger Age Groups
A new analysis is the first to specifically examine the link between age, obesity, and treatment in ICU. The findings add to evidence indicating threshold for testing should be lowered in this 'susceptible population.'
COMMENTARY | The Element of Surprise: How COVID-19 Has Unveiled a Tale of Two America
Two Black physicians and health equity researchers argue that the pandemic is unfolding exactly as expected.
Multiple Sclerosis Tied to Increased Risk for Stroke, CVD, Death
Patients with MS have a significantly increased risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease, and mortality. The finding points to the need for early and aggressive lifestyle interventions.

ABC Perspective on Health Disparities in Diverse
Populations Published in Circulation Journal

ABC is pleased to announce the publication of a paper entitled, "At the Heart of the Matter: Unmasking and Addressing COVID-19's Toll on Diverse Populations,” authored by ABC Board member Norrisa Haynes, MD, MPH, ABC Member Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, and ABC President Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, on behalf of the Association of Black Cardiologists.


Items of Interest

Discontinuation of Sale and Distribution of Coumadin® (warfarin sodium) Tablets, for oral use
Bristol-Myers Squibb would like to inform you that the sale and distribution of all strengths of Coumadin® (warfarin sodium) tablets will be discontinued in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Saudi Arabia, due to an unexpected manufacturing issue that could not be resolved expeditiously. Based on stock availability and expiration dates, we anticipate discontinuation of Coumadin® strengths to begin on June 1, 2020. Full discontinuation of all strengths is expected by August 31, 2020. For your patients currently using Coumadin® (warfarin sodium) tablets, healthcare providers will be required to consider alternatives.

USPSTF Broadens Guidance on Lifestyle Counseling in CVD
People at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) should receive behavioral counseling promoting a healthy diet and physical activity, according to draft guidance from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Draft recommendation targets people with risk factors not previously addressed.
Remdesivir Is 'the Best That We Have Right Now' for Covid-19
In response to the FDA’s recent emergency use authorization of remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19, the Infectious Disease Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association, or HIVMA, called for public transparency from the federal government about the drug’s distribution. Although the antiviral is still an investigational drug, it has shown evidence in clinical trials of reducing the time to recovery in COVID-19 patients. The concerns about transparency noted by IDSA and HIVMA are shared by some experts, including Infectious Disease News Editorial Board Member Peter Chin-Hong, MD, professor of medicine and director of the transplant infectious disease program at the University of California, San Francisco.
Striving for Inclusivity in COVID-19 Public Health Messaging
Public health messaging is important, especially during a pandemic. But so much of that messaging is too narrow in its breadth, leaving large chunks of the population unaccounted for. Ethnic minorities, particularly black and Latinx individuals, are not only experiencing COVID-19 outcomes disparities, but are oftentimes also left in the dark for public health education. Adjusting public health messaging for inclusivity is the first step toward addressing that problem.
Mavacamten Successful in Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: EXPLORER-HCM
Mavacamten (MyoKardia), an investigational allosteric modulator of cardiac myosin (the first for this drug class), has proved superior to placebo for improving symptoms and reducing or eliminating obstruction of the left ventricle in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, according to top-line results from the EXPLORER-HCM trial.
ISH releases 2020 Global Hypertension Practice Guidelines
The International Society of Hypertension (ISH) has released the "ISH 2020 Global Hypertension Practice Guidelines" to help reduce the burden of this significant health threat affecting people from every country and socio-economic group. According to the ISH these are the first guidelines developed specifically for the management of hypertension regardless of population or resources. This is particularly important because approximately 72 percent of the global hypertensive population reside in low and middle income countries. The goal is for the guidelines to be used globally versus a specific region and to be concise, simplified and easy to use by clinicians, nurses and community health workers.
VIDEO | CVI Heartbites: Best Practices in the Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory during the COVID-19 Pandemic
CVI Heartbites is a free non-accredited educational program produced by the Cardiovascular Institute of Philadelphia, featuring succinct presentations delivered by leading experts on timely topics in cardiovascular medicine. This CVI Heartbites segment focuses on Best Practices in the Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory during the COVID-19 Pandemic and is presented by Renee Bullock-Palmer, MD.
The Harm of a Colorblind Allocation of Scarce Resources
COVID-19 will not only have a disparate impact on historically under-resourced and marginalized communities, but also carries the risk of deepening pre-existing racial inequities in health care access, treatment, and social service delivery. To achieve equitable access and distribution of care, critical race theory must be a part of the process utilized to create broad, population-focused guidelines. This is particularly true in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic which is stressing both our health care system and society.
WEBINAR | COVID-19 and Health Inequity - What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go From Here
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Family Medicine, Center for Primary Care Innovation and Transformation and the Wexner Medical Center’s Health Equity Steering Committee hosted a digital forum discussing the impact COVID-19 has had on vulnerable populations. Experts from across the medical center and beyond, including Quinn Capers IV, MD, FACC, provided an overview of the observed health inequities, shared strategies for mitigating disparities and offered insight on gaining the trust and partnership of our communities to chart a more equitable path forward.

Featured Articles by Members
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COVID-19 and Health Equity — A New Kind of "Herd Immunity"
Co-authored by Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH (with David R. Williams, PhD, MPH)
The striking racial/ethnic disparities reported for COVID-19 infection, testing, and disease burden are a clear reminder that failure to protect the most vulnerable members of society not only harms them but also increases the risk of spread of the virus, with devastating health and economic consequences for all. COVID-19 disparities are not the fault of those who are experiencing them, but rather reflect social policies and systems that create health disparities in good times and inflate them in a crisis. The US must develop a new kind of “herd immunity,” whereby resistance to the spread of poor health in the population occurs when a sufficiently high proportion of individuals, across all racial, ethnic, and social class groups, are protected from and thus “immune” to negative social determinants. In a commentary for JAMA, the authors make the case that it is time for a national action plan to end disparities.

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!


ABC President Michelle A. Albert, MD, and her team at the University of California, San Francisco, were recently awarded one of 12 fast-tracked research grants from the American Heart Association to study the effects of COVID-19 on the body’s cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems. The research team will focus on how COVID-19 infection impacts the cardiovascular health of African American women.

Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH
Director, Center for the Study of Adversity
and Cardiovascular Disease (NURTURE Center)
University of California, San Francisco

Congratulations to Renee Bullock-Palmer, MD, for being selected by her peers as one of Philadelphia Magazine's 2020 Top Docs for cardiovascular disease.

Renee Bullock-Palmer, MD, FACC, FAHA,
Director, Women’s Heart Center;
Director, Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging

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Just published! ABC Founding Member Dr. Julian L. Haywood’s new book, Cardiology at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center: A Personalized History, chronicles the events relative to the development of the medical sub-specialty of cardiology at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center, told from the personal perspective of a member of the Keck USC School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, who arrived there as an Internal Medicine resident in 1956 and has practiced academic medicine at the medical center continuously since that time.


Just published! ABC Founder Dr. Richard Allen Williams' new book, Blacks in Medicine: Clinical, Demographic, and Socioeconomic Correlations, is a socially conscious and culturally relevant book that explores the little-known history and present climate of Black people in the medical field.


This new video from the Partnership to Advance Cardiovascular Health encourages cardiovascular and diabetes patients to consider telemedicine and to ask their health care provider how it can work for them. Please share!


Work with nationally recognized research experts and learn more about clinical trial research in ACC’s newly expanded Clinical Trials Research: Upping Your Game Program. Apply for this opportunity by May 30.


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


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.
Rolling admission until all positions are filled.
**PRIDE is still recruiting for Summer 2020. We are currently working out how to hold sessions if we are unable to do so onsite due to COVID-19. The programs will carry-on. If you are interested you may still apply.


Upcoming Events

The Value & Innovation Forum, a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the Alliance of Community Health Plans, Association of Black Cardiologists, Caregiver Action Network, National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, National Osteoporosis Foundation and the Patient Advocate Foundation invite you to participate in a webinar on June 2, 2020, from 12:00-1:00 pm EDT.

Come join us for an hour of interesting discussion about the “rebate wall” controversy in biosimilars, a patient perspective, and where the FDA is headed next.


The NBNA Board of Directors voted to postpone the 2020 conference
at the Diplomat Resort until July 23 – July 28, 2024.

NMA continues to monitor the evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 1st, 2020, NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly remains scheduled for August 1–5 in Atlanta.

Due to the pandemic, ESC Congress 2020 is moving online. Mark your calendars now and join us virtually each day – from Saturday, 29 August to Tuesday, 1 September. Details on free registration will be shared soon.


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