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"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.
While Arizona requires high school students to learn CPR, it doesn't require teachers to be trained. Erika Yee, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center health education assistant, tells her story of saving the life of a bandmate in high school and informs people about the training resources available on UA Sarver Heart Center's "Learn CPR" webpage: https://heart.arizona.edu/heart-health/learn-cpr
In the United States, 84 million people, 1 in 3 adults, have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 are unaware. That is more than 76 million people who could take steps to reduce their risks, if only they knew, writes Kelly Palmer, MHS, CCRP, in a Healthy Dose blog.
Erika Yee, Sarver Heart Center's health education assistant, has taught chest-compression-only CPR to more than 4,500 people during the 2018-2019 academic year. She also made training materials more accessible by collaborating with other organizations. These include materials in Spanish and American Sign Language.
BCVS Council Vice Chair Beth McNally and BCVS 2019 Co-Chair Jil Tardiff interview Keynote Lecturer Christine Seidman about her recent work on the genetics of dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and how it might be harnessed to develop new, earlier treatments.
Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, who coped with the death of her husband, Kurt, while raising two children and becoming director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, is being honored as one of Tu Nidito's Remarkable Moms.
Ariel Shirley, a graduating senior at the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health who completed an internship focused on community education at the UA Sarver Heart Center, writes about the importance of running in the Diné (Navajo) culture.