Inaugural MedscapeLIVE Cardiology Newsletter

August 2021

Welcome to the inaugural cardiology e-news, MedscapeLIVE Cardiology! I am excited to manage this new cardiology MedscapeLIVE publication. As you’ll see below, we have some e-news features in store for you that will be beneficial.
First, every issue will feature a candid interview with either one or multiple thought leaders in cardiology, and then a Rapid Fire section in which one must provide quick and short response to different topics and terms. In this inaugural issue, I interview Robert A. Harrington, MD—the co-chair of MedscapeLIVE's upcoming conference, Going Back to the Heart of Cardiology 2021, and get his thoughts on his recent term as President of the American Heart Association (AHA), preventive cardiology and the public health interest in it, and the upcoming conference. From his years at Duke to more recent years at Stanford, along with having recently served as President of the AHA, Dr. Harrington brings a well-informed and critical knowledge of current issues and challenges in cardiology, as well as pulse on current best practices, to both this interview and to the conference that he co-chairs with Dr. Michael Gibson. Going Back to the Heart of Cardiology 2021 is a MedscapeLIVE! conference. This second annual virtual event, which will run from December 6-10, 2021, features 6 live-streamed sessions, each of which will include 6 to 7 faculty presentations on a hot topic in cardiovascular disease management, as well as lively faculty discussion and Q&A. This will once again be an educational event not to miss. (If you do, however, each session will also be available for immediate on-demand access following the conference.)
Given the ever-changing nature of cardiology and the current healthcare environment, and the challenge to keep up with rapid advances being made in this field, each issue will also feature a cardiology resource section called The Pulse to keep you updated on critical research, resources, and new developments. This includes association updates and guidelines, crucial recent publications, and other helpful cardiology best practices information so you have all you need in one place at your fingertips to stay informed. Get ready to be engaged and entertained, as well as educated, in the coming months. We have great things in store for you!
Thank you to this month’s interview participant, Dr. Harrington, for sharing his time and expertise. Don’t forget to check out details for the Going Back to the Heart of Cardiology 2021 conference here.
Here’s to a new MedscapeLIVE tool designed to keep you plugged in and informed, to the new names and faces you will see in these issues, and to developing a lasting rapport with you, the readership! We want to be a helpful, quick, and interesting monthly source of information for all things cardiology. Please contact me at [email protected] with any comments and/or suggestions.

Colleen Hutchinson


Interview: Robert Harrington (Part 1 of 2)

Robert A. Harrington, MD, is a cardiologist and is the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Medicine, at Stanford University. He served as President of the American Heart Association in 2019-2020. You can find him on Twitter at: @HeartBobH 

As a Past President of the American Heart Association, how would you describe your term, and what you are continuing to work on as a Past President?
Dr. Harrington:
Serving as President of the AHA was a humbling experience in that you get to see up close the incredible reach of the organization in science and public health advocacy with almost 40 million volunteers. I was also the President during the beginning months of the COVID 19 pandemic and am proud of the work AHA did to rapidly provide science-based information to clinicians, scientists and the public about the intersection of COVID infection and cardiovascular disease and stroke. As a Past President, I remain fully committed to AHA’s mission to be a “relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.”

How would you define the term preventive cardiology, which is such a major focus currently?
Dr. Harrington:
Prevention is the key to avoiding the start and/or the progression of cardiovascular disease. In most understandings, it refers more specifically to the prevention of the consequences of atherosclerotic vascular disease, namely myocardial infarction, stroke and death.

With the intense public health interest in this area, and with the new advocacy and health policy efforts, as well as new technologies being developed and used to assist in public health management, what do you foresee for the future of public health?
Dr. Harrington: The pandemic has certainly shown us both the benefits and the limitations of the US public health infrastructure. But the lessons learned from the pandemic, including around issues of health equity, certainly can be applied to the public health needs for addressing the societal burden of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease.

As chair of the second annual Going Back to the Heart of Cardiology conference, what would you say are some of the hottest topics in cardiology that the 2021 conference will cover?
Dr. Harrington:
Prevention. Prevention. Prevention. Advances in heart failure therapies. Advances in structural heart disease. New trials in antithrombotic therapies. Digital health. Applying AI/ML to cardiovascular medicine, especially imaging.


Rapid Fire with Bob Harrington:

Advice to the med student who wants to be a cardiologist: work hard, be curious, watch, listen, learn
Best career advice you’ve ever received: Careers are not linear—pay attention to opportunity
Appreciate most about Stanford: the innovative science culture coupled with a spirit of collegiality, and all located in Silicon Valley.
Miss most about Duke: our many friends, the emphasis on the importance of the clinical culture and the amazing resources of the DCRI.
Your mentor: many but will call out Robert Califf
Favorite book: Too many to list. Always reading a fiction and non-fiction book.
Most important thing you’ve learned about clinical research: The best clinical researchers are excellent clinicians. The best questions come from clinical observations.

The Pulse

Journal of the American College of Cardiology Focus Issue on Cardiac Imaging

Circulation: Heart Failure Article: Patient-Specific Computational Fluid Dynamics Reveal Localized Flow Patterns Predictive of Post–Left Ventricular Assist Device Aortic Incompetence

European Heart Journal Article: The new frontiers in valvular heart disease: from artificial intelligence to new pharmacological targets in aortic stenosis

JAMA Cardiology Review Article: State of the Nation’s Cardiovascular Health and Targeting Health Equity in the United States
A Narrative Review:

Circulation Article: Relationship Between Residual Mitral Regurgitation and Clinical and Quality-of-Life Outcomes After Transcatheter and Medical Treatments in Heart Failure—COAPT Trial

Cardiology News: Myocarditis tied to COVID-19 shots more common than reported?

Going Back to the Heart of Cardiology 2021: Virtual Conference 2021: December 6–10:

NEJM Original Article: Therapeutic Anticoagulation with Heparin in Critically Ill Patients with Covid-19:

Cardiology News: CDC: Vaccination may cut risk of COVID reinfection in half

JAMA Invited Commentary: Leveraging Large Clinical Data Sets for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Cardiology News: Aerobic exercise reduces BP in resistant hypertension