Recent FIT Insights

  • FIT Insights - The PIONEER-HF trial: An important addition to heart failure armamentariumAug. 15, 2019 | Ujjwal Rastogi, MD


    Out of many late-breaking trials presented at the 2018 American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Chicago, the trial that stood out was the PIONEER-HF trial. The trial addressed both the knowledge gap and practice gap that currently exist in managing patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF).

  • FIT Insights - Profile of a Global Champion and Advocate of Cardiovascular Health: Dr. Kathryn Taubert Offers Advice for Early Career Professionals and WomenAug. 1, 2019 | Clauden Louis, MD


    Dr. Kathryn A. Taubert is a consummate professional and prominent cardiovascular researcher and leader. She is a national authority on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) having assisted in establishing international guidelines and strategic planning for reducing its global disease burden. She is the current Vice President of International Science and Health Strategies for the American Heart Association residing in Basel Switzerland where she assists in establishing international collaborations with the WHO and the UN.

  • FIT Insights - Non St-Elevation Myocardial Infarction – When Should We Intervene? A Million Dollar QuestionJuly 15, 2019 | Prasanna Sengodan, MD


    Awareness of heart diseases and it’s social and economic burden has increased among the general public in recent times, thanks to advancements in medical therapy and increasing awareness primarily driven by social media. There has been an overall reduction in the incidence of ST segment elevation myocardial infarction as shown by McManus and colleagues who found that the incidence rates of STEMI decreased from 121 per 100,000 to 77 per 100,000, while the incidence rates of NSTEMI has increased from 126 per 100,000 to 132 per 100,000.

  • FIT Insights - A Career and Life Built on Conviction and Commitment: Dr. Jennifer Lawton Shares the Secrets of Her SuccessJuly 1, 2019 | Mahesh Anantha Narayanan, MD


    It’s tough enough to be successful in one or two career roles and still have a happy, fulfilled family life. Dr. Jennifer Lawton is doing what might seem to others as near- impossible: succeeding in three career roles and making things work well at home, too. She has achieved excellence in the competitive field of cardiothoracic (CT) surgery while performing original research and being a world-class educator.

  • FIT Insights - Go to Bed! For Cardiovascular Health, Sufficient Sleep is EssentialJune 15, 2019 | Dipika Gopal, MD


    Before you start reading, check the clock. What time is it? Should you be asleep right now? Think back to the last time you had eight hours of uninterrupted sleep and felt completely rested in the morning when waking up. My bet is not in a long while. In an effort to pack our lives with productive, meaningful experiences, we have forgotten that sleep is a necessary, integral part of maintaining our mental and physical health.

  • FIT Insights - Yoga-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Solution to Close the Global Health GapJune 1, 2019 | Estefania Oliveros, MD


    A simple form of exercise believed to have originated more than 5,000 years ago may hold promise as an alternative to conventional cardiac rehabilitation programs and a way to address the unmet needs of cardiac rehabilitation for patients in low- and middle-income countries. That’s the conclusion of a recent article in Circulation that details findings from the Yoga-CaRe trial presented Nov. 10, 2018 at AHA Scientific Sessions 2018 in Chicago, Ill.

  • FIT Insights - Elaine Urbina: Reflections from Her Career in Preventative CardiologyMay 15, 2019 | Kevin S. Shah, MD


    As the Director of Preventative Cardiology in the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Elaine Urbina has seen the frightening truth of what’s happening to our children. In an interview, she shared her thoughts on the problem of childhood obesity and what could help alleviate it – while also offering encouragement and advice for early career professionals.

  • FIT Insights - Sedentary behavior: what we know so far and how this impacts our patients’ healthMay 1, 2019 | Lina Ya’qoub, MD


    With the advancing technology and lifestyle changes over the past few decades, sedentary life has become increasingly prevalent in the US and worldwide. There is accumulating evidence that sedentary life might be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and all-cause mortality.

  • FIT Insights - Stress Coincides With Worse Cardiovascular Health in Black AmericansApril 15, 2019 | Dapo Iluyomade, MD


    Whether you read medical literature or prefer a casual lifestyle magazine, it is widely accepted that psychosocial stress is inversely associated with overall health. In recent years, evidence has emerged that depression and other psychosocial stressors adversely affect cardiovascular health (CVH).

  • FIT Insights - Heart Attacks with Open Arteries: A Problem Disproportionally Affecting Young WomenApril 1, 2019 | Anais Hausvater, MD


    Myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA) is a clinical syndrome in which patients present with the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, but, via angiography, are found to have open arteries. MINOCA is thought to represent about 1-14% of all heart attacks and is more common in young female patients and ethnic minorities.

  • FIT Insights - An Uphill Gradient is No Longer an Uphill Battle: Developments in Aortic Stenosis ManagementMarch 15, 2019 | Dipika Gopal, MD


    As Dr. Eugene Braunwald provocatively stated in his article, “Aortic Stenosis: Then and Now” (Circulation, April 12, 2018), management of aortic stenosis has truly “entered the promise land.” In the last four decades, the diagnosis and management of aortic stenosis has changed dramatically.

  • FIT Insights - Estimating the Impact of Lifestyle Habits on U.S. Life Expectancy: Can We Learn to Turn Off the Faucet Rather than Mopping the Floor?March 1, 2019 | Author: Christopher Cook, MD


    It’s well established that the U.S. spends too much money on health care and that our life expectancy is lower than that of other high-income countries. (Just try graduating from medical school without learning this!) In 2014-2015, the U.S. led the world in health care spending as a percentage of the gross domestic product (17.1%) but only ranked 31st in life expectancy.

  • FIT Insights - Power in Numbers: OB/GYN & Cardiology Join in the Fight for WomenFeb. 15, 2019 | Author: Hena Patel, MD


    Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, particularly younger women, yet an estimated 45 percent of women don’t know that. Even more concerning, less than half of primary care providers consider cardiovascular disease (CVD) a significant health concern in women. It follows, then, that women are also less likely than men to receive guideline-based evaluation and therapies.

  • FIT Insights - High Cardiovascular Health Is the Most Cardio-ProtectiveFeb. 1, 2019 | Author: Hillary Johnston-Cox, MD, PhD


    The maintenance of cardiovascular health (CVH) is a pinnacle of preventative cardiology. The significance of ideal CVH was previously highlighted in studies with short term outcomes. Data on temporal trends of ideal CVH over time are limited. The recent study in the JAHA by Enserro et al provides new insight into the implications of ideal CVH scores on subclinical disease and risk of cardiovascular events over time.

  • FIT Insights - My Experience at AHA18Jan. 15, 2019 | Author: Anum Saeed, MD


    The 2018 American Heart Association (AHA) Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago included unique programming dedicated to Fellows-in-Training (FIT) and Early Career cardiovascular professionals. The AHA FIT programming, led by a subgroup of the FIT Steering Committee under the leadership of Dr. Ileana Piña, provided educational and networking opportunities for FITs attending the three-day conference.