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September 18, 2020

The 11th Annual Spirit of the Heart
Virtual Awards Gala & Fundraiser

The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. Cordially Invites You, Your Family, Friends and Colleagues To Attend The 11th Annual Spirit of the Heart Virtual Awards Gala & Fundraiser on Saturday, October, 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST.

For questions about the awards gala, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, e-mail – (800) 753-9222, OR contact at MGPG Events, Inc. - (312) 454-6100.

News From Medscape
The following recommended articles on are freely available through the partnership between ABC and Medscape, no registration or login required.

ISCHEMIA Revisited: Some May Benefit From Invasive Strategy
A prespecified subanalysis from the landmark ISCHEMIA trial shows that a subgroup of patients might actually benefit from immediate revascularization.
Evening Eating Linked to Higher Calorie Intake, Lower Diet Quality
People who eat most in the evening have a higher overall daily energy intake and a poorer nutritional diet.
Cardiovascular Risk Factors Linked to Brain Atrophy in MS
Even low levels of exposure to cardiovascular risk factors are important in MS and might affect brain volume loss, a new study suggests.
'These Are Not Things I'm Getting Paid For'
We need institutions to hire a range of experts on diversity, says Milton Little, MD, rather than place the burden on their diverse employees.
Older/Younger Physician Pay Gap Stays at $60K, Survey Shows
The 40-and-younger physician group is more diverse, and the vast majority are employed. Those who made the most were in office-based, single-specialty group practices.

Limited spots are available, so make sure to register for ABC’s 2020 Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition. This year, the virtual competition will be webcast on September 19, 2020 at 12 PM EST. Watch four finalists - Drs. Oluremi Ajala, Courtney Bess, Mary Branch and Adebamike Oshunbade - present their original scientific research to compete for the top award. Winner will receive a $1,000 cash award. All healthcare professionals involved in the delivery of cardiovascular care are invited, with a particular emphasis on early career physicians interested in learning ways to enhance their professional standing.


Items of Interest

Mixed Beliefs, Practices Affect Hypertension Diagnoses
Many providers do not follow guidelines to diagnose hypertension, including using the old clinical BP threshold of 140/90 mm Hg instead of the new threshold of 130/80 mm Hg, researchers found. Another study found that a single set of measurements using the automated office BP method may not be sufficient to diagnose hypertension.
Study Shows Decline in Awareness, Treatment And Control of High Blood Pressure
After nearly 15 years on an upward trend, awareness among Americans about high blood pressure and how to control and treat it is now on the decline, according to a new study. The trend could threaten decades of public health work against heart disease.
VIDEO | Spotlight Series - Saving Hearts by Optimizing Global Cardiovascular Outcomes
Oluwaseyi “Seyi” Bolorunduro, MD, MPH, an alumni of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, recently gave a presentation on efforts to improve health systems and basic life support in Nigeria through increased cardiovascular and life support training and interventions. Dr. Bolorunduro’s presentation was part of the University’s Master of Public Health degree program centennial celebration.
COMMENTARY | Rooting Out Systemic Racism: Equal Access To Maternal, Prenatal Care
By Dr. Kecia Gaither
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing national conversations around racial injustice, it is more important than ever that we identify and root out systemic discrimination – including in our health care system. As an ob.gyn., I’ve spent my entire career making sure that women receive the best care, and have witnessed firsthand the results of a system that provides differing levels of care based on one’s socioeconomic level, race or ethniticiy.
VIDEO | Interventional Outcomes in Women and Men
Charisse Ward, MD, from Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Baton Rouge, LA, gave a presentation on “Interventional Outcomes: Women Vs Men,” as part of a New Cardiovascular Horizons (NCVH) Digital Education Series.
VIDEO | Conference on Quality Care and Support for Women Heart Patients
Deborah Crabbe, MD, Professor of Medicine at Temple University Hospital, and Estelle Jean, MD, cardiologist at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, spoke about disparities and patient care for women during WomenHeart’s 2020 National Hospital Alliance Conference. Dr. Crabbe’s presenation focused on “Narrowing the Gap in Cardiovascular Disease Disparities for the Nation’s Most Vulnerable Women.” Dr. Jean covered “Managing Heart Patients During COVID-19, Including Virtual Patient Care & Considerations.”

September is PAD Awareness
During September, members of the vascular care community including physicians, clinicians and patient advocates are encouraged to use tools from the Cardiovascular Coalition’s dedicated awareness page to spread the word about PAD Awareness Month among colleagues, patients and friends. You can help increase understanding of this vascular disease to improve the health of many Americans.


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.

Editorial: Obesity and Hypertension in the Time of COVID-19
Co-authored by Gary H. Gibbons, MD (with Griffin P. Rodgers, MD)
In this issue of JAMA, 2 reports present cross-sectional data on the prevalence and trends for obesity and controlled hypertension from 1999 through 2018 based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a federal program of nationally representative surveys designed to monitor the health and nutrition of adults and children in the US. At first glance, these 2 studies may appear to be addressing different issues.
Time To Listen: A Mixed-Method Study Examining Community-Based Views of Mobile Technology For Interventions To Promote Physical Activity
Co-authored by Tiffany M Powell-Wiley (with Sophie E Claudel, Joniqua N Ceasar, Marcus R Andrews, Sherine El-Toukhy, Nicole Farmer, Kimberly R Middleton, Melanie Sabado-Liwag, Valerie M Mitchell, et al.)
A mixed-method, co-design approach to studying the adoption of mobile health (mHealth) technology among African-American (AA) women has not been fully explored. Qualitative data may contextualise existing knowledge surrounding perceptions of mHealth among AA women as part of formative work for designing a physical activity application (app). A convenience sample of 16 AA women completed an informatics survey prior to participating in focus groups exploring their use of mobile technology and health apps. Survey responses provided frequency data, while iterative transcript analysis of focus groups identified themes.
Outcomes Following Endovascular Therapy For Acute Stroke By Interventional Cardiologists
Co-authored by Tamunoinemi Bob-Manuel MD and Marloe Prince MD (with Marius Hornung MD, Steven Guidera MD, Antonio Duran MD, Horst Sievert MD, Stefan Bertog MD, Iris Grunwald MD, PhD, and Christopher J. White MD)
There is a geographic maldistribution of dedicated neuro‐interventionalists (NI) to treat large vessel occlusion (LVO) AIS. The study’s objective was to summarize the outcomes of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) intervention by interventional cardiologists (IC) working on a stroke team.
Hypertensive Diseases in Pregnancy, Cardiac Structure And Function Later in Life: Insights From the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Arteriopathy (GENOA) Study
Co-authored by Adebamike A. Oshunbade (with Arsalan Hamid, Seth T. Lirette, Semiu O. Gbadamosi, Wondwosen K. Yimer, Olusola A. Orimoloye, Donald Clark III, Daisuke Kamimura, Stephen D. Grado, Elizabeth A. Lutz, et al.)
Hypertensive diseases in pregnancy have been associated with altered cardiac structure and function, yet these associations have not been systematically investigated in larger populations including African Americans. We evaluated the relationships between hypertensive diseases in pregnancy with cardiac structure and function later in life in the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Arteriopathy (GENOA) study.

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!


Dr. Jackson T. Wright, Jr. Honored with
AHA Marvin Moser Clinical Hypertension Award

Congratulations to Jackson T. Wright, Jr., MD, PhD, for being honored with the American Heart Association's Marvin Moser Clinical Hypertension Award during its virtual 2020 Hypertension Scientific Sessions. The Marvin Moser Clinical Hypertension Award recognizes a qualified mid-career or senior Hypertension Clinician for their dedication to the treatment and care of hypertensive patients. The award was established to honor the memory of Dr. Marvin Moser, one of the leading figures in the field of hypertension, and the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Clinical Hypertension.


Statement on the Retirement of Dr. Hannah Valantine
From Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health

It is with truly mixed emotions that I announce that Hannah A. Valantine, MD, will be retiring from NIH as Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity later this month to return home to California, Stanford University, and her family. While I am happy for her, I know that all of us will sincerely miss her leadership at NIH. Hannah joined NIH in the spring of 2014 and has done an outstanding job carrying out a comprehensive strategy for promoting inclusiveness and equity throughout the biomedical research enterprise, starting with NIH itself.


ACC Announces New Dates for ACC.21 in Atlanta

The ACC announced new dates for the 70th Annual Scientific Session & Expo (ACC.21) in Atlanta, GA. The three-day meeting will now take place May 15 – 17, 2021. Planning for ACC.21 is already well underway, with registration and call for abstracts opening in October. Additionally, ACC.21 will include a virtual experience that will allow cardiovascular clinicians who are unable to attend in person to participate real-time with a global audience. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions. In addition, stay tuned to the ACC.21 website for more information and details as planning continues!


ACC 2021 Distinguished Awards Program
Help us recognize your peers

Those who drive the transformation of cardiovascular care lead by example in their actions at work and in life. These outstanding individuals come from a diversity of thought, experience and perspective and our teachers, mentors, and colleagues.

Each year, the ACC acknowledges these standout individuals with the Distinguished Awards, honoring them for their service in teaching, mentorship, innovation, science, and lifetime achievements. Help us recognize your peers by nominating them for an award that speaks to their accomplishments in the cardiovascular community.

The 2021 Distinguished Award winners will be formally recognized at the 70th Annual Convocation Ceremony at ACC.21. Visit to learn more about the different awards the ACC offers. Nominations are due September 23, 2020.


Florida A&M Student Conducting Research
on ACES/Trauma and Black Women's Heart Disease Risk
Requests Your Support

Windy Cunningham, a Florida A&M University Public Health doctoral student, is conducting a community research project, entitled Our Heart Study, on the impact of stress on Black Women’s health. Ms. Cunningham is seeking help with the virtual recruitment of 400 Black women in the Stroke Belt. Women who identify as Black and live in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and North Florida are eligible to complete the online questionnaire. This is an unfunded study so participants will not be paid; however, they can enter into a raffle to win one of two $50 gift cards. Please help bring awareness of and participation in the Our Heart Study by doing any or all of the following:
  • If eligible, review the information and take the Our Heart Study online questionnaire and let others know that you did;
  • Encourage Black women to review the study information on the Our Heart Study site and if they agree, complete the online questionnaire;
  • Forward the flyer and information letter to your friends, family and colleagues;
  • Visit the study website and share it with others
  • Like the Our Heart Study Facebook page
  • Share the study information on your social media pages explaining that the online questionnaire is important, confidential and simple to complete

Upcoming Events

The FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) presents a webinar featuring Drs. Barbara E. Bierer (Faculty Director, MRCT Center; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School) and Luther T. Clark (Deputy Chief Patient Officer, Merck). Drs. Bierer and Clark will introduce the recently released MRCT Center's Diversity Framework, titled: "Achieving Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity In Clinical Research."

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET



Join ABC and the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) for two joint online symposiums in conjunction with the NBNA's virtual 48th Annual Institute and Conference. The "2020 Highlights in Cardiac Amyloidosis: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic" will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 1 PM EST. The second webinar, "Advances in Access: New and Emerging Therapies in the Age of COVID-19," will start at 12 PM EST on Saturday, September 26.



Join the New Orleans’ American Heart Association and American Medical Association for an intimate real talk on the impact of mental health during COVID-19 and its effect on heart health on September 24, 2020 at 4 PM CT.


26th Annual Scientific Session and Expo
of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

The virtual ABC-ASNC Joint session, “Diversity and Inclusion in Clinical Nuclear Cardiology - A Case-Based Ethics Session" is scheduled for September 25, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST. The session will be moderated by Ola Akinboboye, MD, FASNC and includes presentations and panel discussion from Kevin M. Alexander, MD, Brian C. Clark, MD, Anne L. Taylor, MD, Kim A. Williams Sr., MD, MASNC, and Renee Bullock-Palmer, MD, FASNC. ASNC2020: A NEW Virtual Meeting and Exhibition has been changed from an in-person gathering into a 12-month virtual experience (beginning September 9, 2020). The main program will take place virtually on September 25 and 26.


Don’t Miss the Virtual HFSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting on opening day featuring a joint session with ABC on racial disparities, Beyond Socioeconomic & Access to Care: The Clinical Imperative for Understanding Racial Heart Failure Differences and Disparities,” on September 30, 2020 at 7:15 PM.


2nd Annual Women's Heart and Vascular Symposium
From Prevention to Intervention
Saturday, November 21, 2020

A review of the most current evidence-based guidelines for the prevention of heart disease in women with a focus on the management of diseases as catered to the unique pathophysiology of women, will provide medical practitioners with a clear understanding of the best practice to ensure women are not just treated as “little men.” This full day virtual symposium is for all healthcare clinicians caring for women today and will focus on the continuum of care from prevention to early diagnosis and treatment strategies for heart disease in women. Rachel M. Bond, MD, is the Course Director. The keynote speaker will be Roxana Mehran, MD and faculty members include Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, and Sheila Sahni, MD.


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