American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

November 13-17, 2020

Johns Hopkins cardiovascular experts discuss research and innovations at the 2020 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions annual meeting.  


How to Prepare for a Leadership Position in Academia

Chief of cardiac surgery Jennifer Lawton offers pearls of wisdom on how to prepare and what is needed to transition into an academic leadership position.
Jennifer Lawton, MD

Jennifer Lawton, MD

Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
Professor of Surgery

Identifying the Molecular Basis Behind Heart Failure to Figure Out Better Ways to Treat Patients

Medical director of heart failure Kavita Sharma is identifying the molecular mechanisms behind Heart Failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) in order to find new treatments.
Kavita Sharma, MD

Kavita Sharma, MD

Director, Johns Hopkins Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Program Assistant Professor of Medicine

Bridging the Digital Divide by Providing mHealth Devices to Heart Attack Patients

Cardiologist Seth Martin discusses how the Corrie Health program helps guide patients through your care to fill in gaps between visits with your doctors and nurses to put heart attack patients at ease and give them tools for success.
Seth Martin, MD

Seth Martin, MD

Director, Advanced Lipid Disorders Program of the Ciccarone Center Associate Professor of Medicine

Using the Apple Watch to Monitor Heart Rates of Heart Attack Patients

Seth Martin discusses how investigators used the Apple Watch to track heart rates of heart attack patients and found that heart rates tended to spike right before readmissions in some people.
Seth Martin, MD

Seth Martin, MD

Director, Advanced Lipid Disorders Program of the Ciccarone Center Associate Professor of Medicine

The Importance of the Flu Vaccine in People with Heart Disease

Cardiologist Erin Michos discusses a study that showed the flu vaccine in people with cardiovascular disease imparted a 28% lower risk of dying and a 13% reduction in major cardiovascular events.
Erin Michos, MD, MHS

Erin Michos, MD, MHS

Associate Director of Preventive Cardiology, Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease

Women Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials for Atrial Fibrillation

Cardiologist Erin Michos offers details about a study that showed women composed only 35% of enrollment clinical trials for atrial fibrillation; 93% of the authors on the study were men.
Erin Michos, MD, MHS

Erin Michos, MD, MHS

Associate Director of Preventive Cardiology, Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease

Relationship of Mental Illness to Heart Attack

Cardiologist Erin Michos discusses a study that showed a quarter of heart attack patients had substance abuse, depression or anxiety and that these patients were less likely to receive treatments that restore blood supply to the heart.
Erin Michos, MD, MHS

Erin Michos, MD, MHS

Associate Director of Preventive Cardiology, Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease

Heart Dysfunction in COVID-19 Patients

Cardiology fellow Anum Minhas explains a study finding that death from COVID-19 was linked to heart dysfunction; heart dysfunction was also associated with the inflammatory marker IL-6.

Identifying a Potential Biomarker for Preeclampsia and Addressing Healthcare Inequity

Cardiology fellow Anum Minhas and maternal fetal medicine specialist Arthur “Jason” Vaught discuss a study that found women with preeclampsia had higher antibodies against a vascular protein, which may be used as a biomarker to help direct patients to care.
Jason Vaught, MD

Jason Vaught, MD

Director, Labor and Delivery
Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics