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Uncontrolled CVD Risk Factors in Teens Flag Organ Damage
Adolescents with risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the SHIP AHOY study were more likely to have signs of subclinical target organ damage in the heart and blood vessels.
Drone-Delivered Defibrillators Feasible and Fast
Using drones to deliver defibrillators to bystanders at the scene of a cardiac arrest beats having the bystander go in search of an automated external defibrillator nearby, a pilot study suggests.
Female Physician Compensation Report 2020
More than 4500 female physicians told us about their salaries, incentive bonuses, and personal finances, the challenges and rewards of their profession.
Novel Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Incur High Costs in Medicare
In Medicare Part D, beneficiaries pay 3 to 8 times more out of pocket for SGLT2 inhibitors, GLP-1 receptor agonists, and DPP-4 inhibitors than for older glucose-lowering agents.
Signature in Gut Microbiome May Flag CVD Risk
Fecal microbiota composition may serve as a convenient diagnostic screening method for cardiovascular disease, according to early research.

Help Advance Heart Health Research

Approximately six million people in the United States live with an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (AFib). Up to 30% of those people don’t even know they have it until a serious cardiovascular event, such as stroke, occurs because AFib is often not associated with any symptoms.

In an effort to change this, Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with Apple, is offering eligible U.S. adults 65 years and older with an iPhone the opportunity to join the Heartline™ Study, a nationwide heart health research study.

The Heartline™ Study is designed to explore if the Heartline Study app on iPhone and heart health features on Apple Watch can potentially improve heart health outcomes, including reducing the risk of stroke, with earlier detection of AFib.

Each week, participants will have access to a heart health engagement program via the Heartline Study app on iPhone, including wellness tips, surveys and questionnaires across multiple topics related to heart health.

This study is virtual. This means it’s easy to participate from anywhere through your iPhone — including from the comfort of your home — without having to go to a doctor’s office. If you’re 65 or older and interested in being a part of the study, visit to learn more and download the app to see if you’re eligible to enroll.*

*Key eligibility criteria include: you must be 65 or older, a U.S. resident for the duration of the study, able to read/understand English, own an iPhone 6s or later (with iOS 12.2 or later) and have Original (Traditional) Medicare. Other eligibility participation requirements will apply.

Items of Interest

COMMENTARY | Hispanics and CVD: Country of Origin Matters
Ileana Piña, MD, professor of medicine at Wayne State University, shares her recent presentation about the cardiovascular risk factors for Hispanics and why it’s important to include this geographically and culturally diverse population in clinical trials (The presentation was given at the American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC) session).
Coronavirus Vaccines — "Trust, But Definitely Verify!"
In part one of a two-part series, Kevin Sneed, PharmD, publishes a new piece from his “The Future of Pharmacy” blog about the need for more diversity in COVID-19 clinical trials and why proof of safety and efficacy, not expediency, are the most important factors for COVID-19 vaccines in our communities.
How Tech Disparities Affect Americans' Digital Health: 6 Things To Know
Access to broadband high-speed internet and tech devices like smartphones can make or break a person's ability to participate in virtual healthcare. For its 2020 State of Telemedicine report, Doximity researchers surveyed 2,000 American adults ages 18 and older about their opinions and use of telemedicine technologies.
WATCH | The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Webinar: Nursing's Role in Health Equity, Public Health Emergencies, and COVID-19
Watch the National Academy of Medicine hosted webinar, Nursing’s Role in Health Equity, Public Health Emergencies, and COVID-19 – Critical Issues for The Future of Nursing 2020-2030. During the webinar, representatives from the NAM study on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 shared updates on the study’s status and sought public input on nurses’ roles in responding to COVID-19. A panel of experts, including Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, also discussed how nursing can advance health equity, the role of nurses in public health emergencies, and nurses’ experiences on the frontlines of COVID-19 (Individual Slide decks available too).


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.

Sub-Saharan Africa Tackles COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities
Co-authored by Ernest Madu (with Kenechukwu Mezue, Paul Edwards, Ifeanyi Nsofor, Ahmed Goha, Ike Anya, Kristofer Madu, Dainia Baugh, Felix Nunura, Glen Gaulton)
As of May 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic had reached 187 countries with more than 3.7 million confirmed cases and 263,000 deaths. While sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has not been spared, the extent of disease is currently far less than in Europe or North America leading some to posit that climatic, genetic or other conditions will self-limit disease in this location. Nonethe­less, infections in tropical Africa continue to rise at an alarming pace with the potential to soon exceed health resource availability and to exhaust a health care workforce that is already grossly under supported and ill-equipped. This perspective outlines the context of COVID-19 disease in Africa with a focus on the distinctive challenges faced by African nations and a potential best path forward.
Clinical Outcomes following Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion: A Single-Center Experience.
Co-authored by Demilade Adedinsewo (with Najiyah Salwa, Susie Sennhauser, Salman Farhat, Jeffery Winder, Elizabeth Lesser, Launia White, Carolyn Landolfo, K L Venkatachalam, Peter Pollak, Pragnesh Parikh)
Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure is an established alternative to anticoagulation therapy for stroke prophylaxis among patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. There are currently no guidelines on the choice of antithrombotic therapy following placement of the Watchman® device, the optimal time to discontinue anticoagulation or the duration of follow-up imaging after device deployment. Our main objective was to evaluate clinical outcomes among these patients.
The Road to Implementing Home Blood Pressure Monitoring: Are We There Yet?
Co-authored by lead author D Edmund Anstey (Corey Bradley and Daichi Shimbo)
This editorial accompanies a recent manuscript by Tang and Juraschek et al. addressing utilization of home blood pressure monitoring and the importance of a physician recommendation and a partnership between patients and physicians for blood pressure control. This article additionally explores current barriers to utilization of home blood pressure monitoring and recent changes in medicare coverage relevant to its use.
Gender Differences in Industry Payments Among Cardiologists
Co-authored by Nasrien E Ibrahim and Roxana Mehran (with Inbar Raber, Cian P McCarthy, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Muthiah Vaduganathan, Erin D Michos, Malissa J Wood, Yvonne M Smyth, Doreen DeFaria Yeh, Aarti Asnani, John W McEvoy)
There is a wage gap among men and women practicing cardiology. Differences in industry funding can be both a consequence of and a contributor to gender differences in salaries. We sought to determine whether gender differences exist in the distribution, types, and amounts of industry payments among men and women in cardiology.

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.


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!


WOMEN AS ONE 2021 Escalator Awards
The 2021 Escalator Awards applications are NOW OPEN! Apply between September 21 - October 30 to win! More than 2x the awards over last year with new awards categories. Repeat applicants accepted/encouraged! Dr. Khadijah Breathett was one of the 2020 recipients.

DEADLINE: October 30


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!


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


Join ABC and the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) for a joint online symposium in conjunction with the NBNA's virtual 48th Annual Institute and Conference. This 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 us for a follow-up presentation on the latest science, healthcare, and public health issues pertaining to cardiovascular outcomes, vaccines, and therapies with a focus on racial and ethnic minorities.


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.


2020 Virtual Cardiovascular Health Policy Summit

Alanna Morris, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, will participate as a panelist for the “Flatlined: Cardiovascular Care During COVID-19” panel.


Sustaining Access & Choices for Patients: Exploring the Risks & Benefits of Traditional Medicare & Medicare Advantage
OCTOBER 6, 2020 12:00-1:00 PM EDT

Increased focus on public options like “Medicare for All” along with historic increases in Medicare Advantage enrollment make this the right time for patient groups to learn more about different approaches and related policy issues!


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.

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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