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ABC Signs On As Community Sponsor For 3rd Annual Black Health Matters Summit
For the second year, the Association of Black Cardiologists was a sponsor for the 3rd Annual Black Health Matters Summit in New York City. Additionally, Drs. Icilma Fergus and Kecia Gaither were invited to participate on separate panels at the event. Speaking to a full house of over 150 people, ABC Past President Dr. Fergus kicked off the event by presenting important information about diabetes and heart disease within the black community. And, ABC ABC-NMA Joint Symposium Co-Chair Dr. Gaither opened the segment on male and female health with a presentation on fibroids and endometriosis. The day also included breakfast and lunch, door prizes and vendors.

Dr. Icilma Fergus-Rowe Participated on Grassroots Radio with Marsha Padilla-Goad
As a representative of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Harlem Healthy Hearts program and Mount Sinai, Icilma Fergus, MD, FACC, spoke with radio host, Marsha Padilla-Goad about “Heart Disease and its Impact on African American Women." The podcast also included interviews with two heart attack survivors, who shared their experiences and advocacy work raising awareness about heart disease with the American Heart Association (AHA). Listen to the archived podcast below.
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“This is probably one of the best times for physician entrepreneurship. Healthcare is where people want to be. It is a disruptive time and every one is looking for physicians to help improve delivery of care."

–– ABC Board Chair Dr. Cheryl Pegus at the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Summit in Orlando, Florida.

RECAP: ABC MEMBERS DURING HEART BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Drs. Nakela Cook and Sharonne Hayes Speak on "The Empowered Patient" Panel
Nakela Cook, MD and Sharonne Hayes, MD, joined a panel of experts in a discussion on “The Empowered Patient” for this year’s Woman’s Day Heart Talk series, along with Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Stacey Rosen, MD, and Emily Perish, MPP. The event was sponsored by Northwell Health and Woman’s Day magazine and Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent, served as moderator.

MPR News Highlights Dr. LaPrincess Brewer as a Changemaker for Black History Month
LaPrincess C. Brewer, M.D., M.P.H. is featured in a Minnesota Public Radio article, “ChangeMakers: Dr. LaPrincess Brewer, building 'a culture of health' for the underserved.” The article focuses on her work a preventive cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic as well as her Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health (FAITH) program. This article was part of an MPR News Black History Month series featuring black Minnesotans making history.
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Dr. Khadijah Breathett Selected as One of 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health
Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, was selected by the National Minority Quality Forum as one of “40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health.” The NMQF chose the 2019 group from hundreds of applications of health-care professionals from throughout the United States, noting these 40 represent the next generation of thought leaders in reducing health disparities. Dr. Breathett’s NHLBI project is, “Addressing Individual Provider Bias and Group Decision-Making in Selection of Advanced Heart Failure Therapies in Racial/Ethnic Minorities” (NHLBI/NIH Award No. K01HL142848).
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Dr. Khadijah Breathett delivers lecture on Racial and Gender Disparities in HF
As part of the University of Arizona Health Sciences’s (UAHS) African American Heritage Month Speaker Series, Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, delivered a lecture on “Racial and Gender Disparities in Advanced Heart Failure: Change Starts With You.” The speaker series is a joint program between the UAHS’ Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the African Americans in Life Sciences (AALS). Click below to watch the archived streamed session.
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Dr. Jennifer Mieres Shares Sneak Peek of Ms. Diagnosed Docufilm at NewYork-Presbyterian
Jennifer H. Mieres, FACC, FAHA, MASNC, gave a talk at Columbia University New York-Presbyterian Hospitals on Womens Health and showed a screening of MsDiagnosis: A Documentary on Gender Disparities in Health Care, for which she is executive producer. Model Christy Turlington, founder of Every Mother Counts, opened the session at the one-day heart disease and women CME event by sharing her story. And, Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC, FACP, FCCP, FESC, FAHA, MSCAI, spoke on a later panel, “Career Advancement for Women in Cardiology: Will the “Me Too” Movement Make a Difference?,” along with other leading experts. View the MsDiagnosed trailer below.
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Dr. Gary Gibbons Whips Up a Batch of Heart Healthy Jumpin' Jambalaya
During a cooking demonstration sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NHLBI director Gary Gibbons MD, joined Eurest regional executive chef Tom Fiammetta in a special “Our Hearts Cook Together” event to prepare a heart-healthy “Jumpin’ Jambalaya” in a “Teaching Kitchen” set up in the Clinical Research Center atrium. Be sure to check out the recipe below.
Earlier in the month, Dr. Gibbons also highlighted the NHLBI “Take 10” rooms for staff, who are enouraged to take breaks at work for heart healthy physical activities.
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Dr. Renee Bullock-Palmer Joined Colleagues to Host 9th Annual Women's Health Expo
Renee Bullock-Palmer, MD, FACC, FASNC, FASE, FSCCT and her colleagues in pulmonology, cardiology, endocrinology, and diabetes hosted Deborah Heart and Lung Women's Heart Center ninth annual health fair at Fountain of Life Center in Burlington, NJ, where more than 200 heart health screenings were given. The Deborah staff gave the almost 1,000 attendees access to a large number of screenings, including blood pressure; glucose; body fat analysis; pulmonary function testing; balance; cholesterol/lipid panels; sleep apnea; asthma information; peripheral arterial disease assessment; bariatrics; and wound care and lung cancer information. Additional screenings for colon cancer, hearing, and sun damage were offered by other medical organizations at the event. Flu shots were provided by the Burlington County Health Department. In addition to the variety of health screenings, the Expo featured a wide range of wellness, health, and fitness activities for women of all ages and a wide variety of food samplings.

Drs. Daphne and Keith Ferdinand Conduct Diabetes Education Prevention Programs (PICS)
Daphne P. Ferdinand, PhD, RN, Executive Director, Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project, Inc. and Keith Ferdinand, MD received a grant from Sustainable Healthy Communities LLC to conduct diabetes education prevention programs. Dr. Keith Ferdinand delivered educational presentations highlighting cardiovascular disease during Heart Month at five 5 sites, which included a mixture of senior centers, churches, a hospital and a local heart walk. He also added in flu vaccinations as part of the program as part of his efforts to reduce exacerbations of diabetes symptoms and hospitalization from flu in the community.

Drs. Gregg Fonarow and Clyde Yancy Lead a Webinar on AHA Heart Failure Guidelines
During this year’s Heart Failure Week, Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA, Director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center and Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc, Chief of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at Northwestern University, were among the presenters of the online “State of Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure 2019” course. This is Dr. Yancy’s third time presenting a webinar on the topic.

Dr. Kim Allan Williams Talks Plant-Based Diet at NLA Spring Clinical Update
Past ABC Chair Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, MACC, FAHA, MASNC, delivered a presentation on “Plant-based Diets for Improving Lipids” at the National Lipid Association’s 2019 Spring Clinical Lipid Update in Portland, Oregon. Additional featured presentations included a “Comparison Between 2013 and 2018 Cholesterol Guidelines in Primary Prevention,” “Implications of REDUCE-IT Results and Other Trials in Progress” and “New Insights into Triglyceride Therapy and the Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Reducing Cardiovascular Risk.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Dr. LaPrincess Brewer Talks With Dr. P on the Pod
Pernessa C. Seele, PhD, founder and CEO of the Balm in Gilead, Inc., and LaPrincess C. Brewer M.D, M.P.H., discussed cardiovascular health and its affect on the African American community on the Podcast, Dr. P on the Pod. Dr. Brewer also shared her “Ten Commandments to a Healthy Heart.”
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Dr. Sheila Sahni Discusses AHA Guidelines on NBC's New York Live News Show
Sheila Sahni, MD, FACC, from Hackensack Meridian Health appeared on New York Live with hosts Jacquie Reid and Sara Gore to discuss the different lifestyle changes people can make to stay heart healthy based on recent AHA guideines for physical activity and blood pressure. She also talked about the impact of stress as well as the importance of a diet rich in nutrients and annual or bi-annual checkups.
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Dr. Sheila Sahni Answers 10 questions for Medpage Today
Sheila Sahni, MD, Sheila Sahni, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Garden State Heart Center, spoke recently with MedPage Today about how her physician parents got her interested in medicine and how her interest in the field of cardiology was sparked when she was introduced to the cardiac cycle from the Wiggers diagram. She also explains why she specifically chose interventional cardiology as well as what is the biggest challenge to practicing medicine and what she finds the most rewarding about it.
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Dr. Khadijah Breathett Phones in to Native America Calling
Khadijah Breathett MD, was a guest expert on the Native America Calling live call-in program to talk about what to expect after surviving a heart attack, the types of treatment as well as tips for prevention. She also informed listeners about the very high rates of diabetes among the American Indian population. Heart attack survivor Barbara Marquez (Isleta Pueblo), Ann Olack, regional healthcare dietitian for NANA Management Services and Rachel Crawford (Wichita and Navajo) – regional director of Native initiatives for the American Heart Association also appeared on the show.
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Dr. Sharonne Hayes Breaks Down the Latest Cardio Tech on Nasdaq's TradeTalks
Sharonne N. Hayes, MD sat down with Jill Malandrino, Nasdaq Global Markets Reporter on #TradeTalks (which broadcasts live on Twitter from the MarketSite) to chat about cardiovascular disease as well as the latest technology such as wearables and predictive AI that can and may later be helpful to the field of cardiology, and exciting advances in minimally invasive procedures.
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Dr. Jennifer Mieres Visits the Today Show for Heart Valve Disease and Pregnancy Segment
Jennifer H. Mieres, FACC, FAHA, MASNC, gives context to one mom-to-be’s story about how her pregnancy led to a heart valve disease diagnosis on the TODAY show with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb. She also highlighted the Go Red For Women movement to raise awareness about women's heart health and to promote the free heart screenings offered during National Heart Month by CVS at their nationwide MinuteClinics, which provided consumers with the chance to learn five personal health numbers: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.

Dr. Mieres also made appearances along with her co-author, Dr. Stacey Rosen on the ABC NY show, Tiempo with Joe Torres and a special segment on Telemundo to rasie awareness about heart diseae in the Hispanic community and to announe the release of the Spanish version of their Heart Smart Book for women: Un Corazon Saludable para La Mujer Moderna. You can view the Telemundo segment here:
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Dr. Dave Montgomery Returns to Sister Circle TV to Focus on Prevention
Dave Montgomery, MD, paid a visit to TVOne’s daily talk show, Sister Circle, to talk heart health and prevention. The segment involved celebrity examples to show the different types of heart disease and to encourage the audience and viewers to see a doctor and listen to their bodies. “Dr. Dave” also quized the hosts on the leading cause of heart disease in African Americans, symptoms of heart attack in women, and the new CPR rules. Later, Dr. Montgomery was also on CNN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade to spell out what F.A.S.T. means and discuss the death of actor Luke Perry and, more recently, to explain heart valve disease as the result of the hospitalization of singer/songwriter Mick Jagger.
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