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 - 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.
  • FIT Insights - From Tragedy to Triumph: Dr. Ileana Piña’s Path to Becoming a Heart Failure Therapy and Women’s Health Pioneer
    Sep. 1, 2019 | Sherrie Khadanga, MD
    Thomas Edison once said, “There is no substitute for hard work.” This mentality is what allowed Dr. Ileana Piña to achieve success and become a prominent physician-scientist in heart failure and cardiovascular disease prevention. As a contributor to more than 200 publications, Dr. Piña has been a key investigator in numerous hallmark clinic trials such as HF-ACTION, which examined the role of exercise and psychosocial factors in patients with heart failure (HF).