MARCH 2019

Special ACC Edition
GW Cardiology Presents Advances in Cardiovascular Research at the American College of Cardiology's
68th Annual Scientific Sessions

This month the GW Heart & Vascular Institute achieved new heights demonstrating its academic impact in advancing cardiovascular research in heart failure, cardiac imaging, arrthymias, coronary artery and valvular heart disease, prevention, and pulmonary hypertension, at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, LA.  Our faculty presented 19 abstracts and delivered eight invited presentations. This month's newsletter highlights the novel research and scholarly work shared at the national conference.

Drs. Mortada Shams, Raza Yunus,
James McCaffrey, and Joseph Forgione

Coronary Plaque Burden Is Associated With Cholesterol Efflux Capacity Partially Mediated by the Hematopoietic System in Psoriasis
*  Faculty Co-Authors: Andrew Choi, Ramesh Mazhari, Nehal Mehta

Dr. Andrew Choi

The Heart Score in Blacks with Emergency Presentation of Chest Pain: A Performance Test and Risk Analysis
*  Fellow Co-Authors: Adebayo Atanda

Association of Atrial Fibrillation and Outcomes in Older Patients With Heart Failure With Preserved and Reduced Ejection Fraction
*  Faculty Co-Authors: Gurusher Panjrath

Treatment with Biologic Therapy in Psoriasis is Associated with a Reduction in Coronary Artery Inflammation, Assessed by Perivascular Fat Attenuation Index
*  Faculty Co-Authors: Nehal Mehta

The Effect of Heart Rate Reduction in Patients With Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction
*  Faculty and Fellow Co-Authors: Talal Alzahrani, Allen Solomon, Ali Ahmed, Gurusher S. Panjrath

56 Year Old Male with ICD Shocks From Pleomorphic VT
*  Fellow Author: Syed Quadri

What Are the Implications of Non-Cardiac Findings in Patients Undergoing Evaluation For TAVR?
*  Faculty, Fellows, and Medical Student Co-Authors: Taniya Walker, Elizabeth Pocock, Farzad Najam, Jonathan Reiner, Christian Nagy, Andrew Choi

Taniya Walker, 
2nd Year Medical Student at GW

Outcomes in Hospitalized Older African American Patients With Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction
*  Faculty Co-Authors: Gurusher Panjrath

Patients With Severe Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Treated With ABI-009, Nab-Sirolimus, an mTOR Inhibitor: Interim Results From a Phase 1 Clinical Trial
*  Faculty Co-Authors: Mardi Gomberg-Maitland

Peripartum Discovered Congenital Complete Heart Block in Honduras
*  Faculty and Residents Co-Authors: Pedro Covas, Rachel Volke, Marco Mercader, Cynthia Tracy

Association between Chronic Pain and Myocardial Infarction
*  Faculty and Fellows Co-Authors: Talal Alzahrani, Shaneke Weerakoon, Adebayo Atanda and William Borden
Drs. Talal Alzahrani and Adebayo Atanda

A Pilot Program to Tackle Food Insecurity in an Underserved and Poorly Controlled Diabetic Population
*  Faculty and Fellows Co-Authors: Gurusher S. Panjrath, Talal Alzahrani, Richard Katz

Admission-to-Discharge Weight Change and 30-Day Post-Discharge Outcomes in Older Patients With Heart Failure With Preserved and Reduced Ejection Fraction
*  Faculty Co-Authors: Gurusher Panjrath

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Outcomes: Insight from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry
*  Faculty and Fellows Co-Authors: Raza Yunus, Talal Alzahrani, Joseph Forgione, James McCaffrey, Adebayo Atanda, Joseph Krepp, Ramesh Mazhari, Christian Nagy and Jonathan Reiner

Exposure to Heavy Metals May Increase Cardiovascular Risk by Elevation of Serum Lipid Levels and Hemoglobin A1C: A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Based Study
*  Fellow Co-Authors: Adebayo Atanda, Talal Alzharani

Angiotension Converting Enzyme Inhibitor Reduces the Incidence of Atrial Fibrillation in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Patients: A Retrospective Cohort Study from the Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist Trial
*  Faculty and Fellows Co-Authors: Talal Alzahrani, James McCaffery, Raza Yunus, Adebayo Atanda, Marco Mercader and Allen Solomon

Racial and Gender Disparities in Outcomes of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Patients
*  Faculty and Fellows Co-Authors: Adebayo Atanda, Talal Alzahrani, Ramesh Mazhari and Jonathan Reiner

Dr. Adebayo Atanda

Increasing Trends of Cardiovascular Diseases in Patients Living with Chronic Malignancies: A 16 Years Trend Analysis of Rates of Coronary Artery Disease and Arrhythmias In Patients with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
*  Fellow Co-Authors: Atanda Adebayo

A Case of Acute Fulminant Heart Failure Abated by the Heart Team
*  Faculty, Fel lows, and Residents Co-Authors: Pedro Covas (R2), Joseph Forgione, Raza Yunus, Gurusher Panjrath, Allen Solomon and Andrew Choi
GW Invited Faculty Presentations

Dr. William Borden presented: Succeeding in Alternative Payment Models

Dr. Andrew Choi presented: #ACCImaging: The Social Media Response to Cardiovascular Imaging at ACC.19 - ACC Imaging Highlights Session; Dr. A. Choi authored a section news article for the ACC conference entitled, "Cardiac Imaging at ACC.19: A Sneak Peak"  and served as ACC Designated Social Media Ambassador.

Dr. Jannet Lewis serves as Governor, District of Columbia ACC and presented at Governors Meetings

Dr. Gurusher Panjrath chaired the ACC Heart Failure Section. He moderated the Best Practices in Heart Failure's "How-to with the Experts" and Top 3 Clinical Presentations on Heart Failure. 
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