FIT Insights

The FIT Insights offers a biweekly blog of the impact of American Heart Association (AHA) science on the practice and research of cardiovascular and stroke professionals from the next-generation of healthcare professionals (Fellows in Training). Here, you'll gain fresh perspectives and insights on the ways late-breaking science influences patient care and research.

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  • FIT Insights - The way to your heart is through the gut: Cardiovascular health and the microbiome
    Nov. 1, 2019 | Dapo Iluyomade, MD
    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the developed world, and the more we learn about how our native inhabitants predispose us to or protect us from, this disease pathology is of paramount importance. A number of studies have proven that gut microbiota interacts with the host through many pathways, including the TMA/TMAO pathway, small chain fatty acids pathway, and primary and secondary bile acid pathways.
  • FIT Insights - Cutting-edge technologies: How they may change our knowledge and practice
    Oct. 15, 2019 | Abdalla Hassan, MD
    In 2019, most of our practice in cardiovascular medicine is lead by a technology-based approach. If we examined every aspect of cardiology nowadays, we would find that the effectiveness, diagnostic accuracy, and treatments are based on technological advancements. This involves general non-invasive cardiology, interventional cardiology, advanced imaging, electrophysiology and even advanced heart failure and the transplant arena.
  • FIT Insights - Scientific research fundamentals: Eight principles that, if followed, separate science from fiction
    Oct. 1, 2019 | Amr F. Barakat, MD
    According to the National Library of Medicine, the number of indexed citations added to MEDLINE® during the fiscal year 2017 was more than 800,000. As the number of publications increases more and more each year, the adherence to the standards of credible and quality research becomes very inconsistent. The hope is that the fundamentals of “scientific” research are followed throughout the process of study design, execution and manuscript writing.
  • FIT Insights - Cybersecurity in medical devices: What’s required to ensure patient safety
    Sept. 15, 2019 | Christopher Cook, MD
    In May 2017, the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack was unleashed, quickly infecting tens of thousands of computers in more than 100 countries. Infected computers displayed a message that the system’s files had been encrypted and demanded a ransom be paid to unlock them. This cyberattack exposed vulnerabilities in many healthcare systems around the world.