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The editorial team of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes issued a statement urging scientific journals to address racial/ethnic disparities prevalent in health science research, particularly cardiovascular trials. Dr. Khadijah Breathett is the corresponding author.
While it isn’t clear that the increase is tied to COVID-19 or the financial and emotional stresses of the pandemic, Dr. Nancy Sweitzer recommends people practice self care to reduce stress that could lead to "broken heart syndrome.".
Myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, and vascular inflammation, inflammation of all the blood vessels in the body, are conditions seen in post-COVID-19 patients, Dr. Nancy Sweitzer tells the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Blood clots unlike any she has seen before line entire blood vessels or clot in the arteries in the heart; several patients are coming in who’ve had COVID-19 three, four, even six weeks ago.
To encourage minority populations to participate in clinical trials, they must be ethically sound, with education and respect for the privacy rights of all participants, writes Wanda F. Moore, chair of the Sarver Heart Center Minority Outreach Program.
The process of allocating heart therapies is biased. It's a structural problem. Dr. Khadijah Breathett invites clinicians to work on the structural solutions.
During the COVID-19 era, Dr. Elizabeth Juneman writes about the compassionate charge heart failure specialists need to advance as they care for some of the most frail patients. Read her "On My Mind" column in Circulation: Heart Failure.
"I knew that cardiovascular disease was devastating communities of color at a young age. It was and remains my calling to use medicine and research to change the statistics," said Dr. Khadijah Breathett in Forbes.
High school seniors across Arizona will have to know how to perform “Chest-Compression-Only” CPR as a requirement for graduation. “This new law came up suddenly, with the state leaving schools scrambling to comply without providing any resources. That’s why it’s so valuable for schools to have organizations like Sarver Heart Center ... to turn to for help.”
“African-American race negatively influenced the decision-making process for heart transplants, especially during discussions among health care providers,” said lead author Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, an assistant professor of medicine and advanced heart failure/transplant cardiologist at the University of Arizona’s Sarver Heart Center. “Since advanced therapy selection meetings are conversations rather than surveys, race may contribute significantly to treatment recommendations.”
Dr. Khadijah Breathett, assistant professor of medicine at UA College of Medicine - Tucson and Sarver Heart Center, reported that black women in the U.S. have the highest rate of high blood pressure compared to other racial/ethnic groups and sexes; also women receive fewer heart transplants despite having higher rates of heart failure.