ABC Professional Publications, Repository and Resource Hub

Welcome to the ABC Professional Publications, Repository and Resource Hub , the central destination for accessing the latest publications and materials from our esteemed members at the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC). Here, we showcase a curated selection of recent publications authored by our members, offering valuable insights and advancements in cardiology.

In preparation for upcoming conferences, including the physical distribution of postcards featuring our highlighted works, this hub serves as a digital extension, providing easy access to these documents. Explore cutting-edge research, stay informed about groundbreaking discoveries, and engage with the diverse perspectives of our community of cardiologists.

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Continuing to Address Gaps in Care in Minority Patients with Valvular Heart Disease

A multi-disciplinary discussion held in Washington, D.C., centered on health disparities in valvular heart disease (VHD) are identified key barriers, including lack of awareness, research gaps, and limited minority participation in clinical trials.

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Improving Health Care Access and Outcomes for Minority and High-Risk Populations

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) convened a roundtable dedicated to advancing equity and addressing health disparities in cardiovascular health. Attended by a diverse group of nearly 60 stakeholders, including government officials, clinicians, researchers, and patient advocates, the symposium focused on the “Improving Health Care Access and Outcomes for Minority and High-Risk Populations.” Participants delved into the challenges hindering racial/ethnic populations and high-risk patients from accessing high-quality, affordable care. Guided by a definition of “access to care” from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the discussion aimed to identify barriers and propose actionable steps for stakeholders to promote equity in heart health nationwide.

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Nurturing Diverse Generations of the Medical Workforce for Success With Authenticity: An Association of Black Cardiologists’ Roundtable

Norrisa A. Haynes, MD, MPH, MSHP; Michelle Johnson, MD, MPH; Sabra C. Lewsey , MD, MPH; Kevin M. Alexander , MD; D. Edmund Anstey, MD, MPH; Tierra Dillenburg, BS; Joyce N. Njoroge , MD; Debra Gordon, MS; Elizabeth O. Ofili, MD, MPH; Clyde W. Yancy , MD, MSc; Michelle A. Albert , MD, MPH
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the consequences of systemic racism in the United States with Black, Hispanic, and other racial and ethnic diverse populations dying at disproportionately higher rates than White Americans. To tackle this issue, the Association of Black Cardiologists hosted a roundtable designed to discuss key issues pertaining to medical workforce diversity and to identify strategies aimed at racial and ethnic diversity across medical education and leadership levels.

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Promoting Cardiovascular Health Equity Association of Black Cardiologists Practical Model for Community-Engaged

Courtney Bess, MD, MS; Daphne Ferdinand, RN, PHD; Paul Underwood, MD; Donnell Ivy, MD, MPH; Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH; Anekwe Onwuanyi, MD; Cassandra McCullough, MBA; LaPrincess C. Brewer, MD, MPH; on behalf of the Association of Black Cardiologists Community Programs Committee

Prioritizing health equity within the contemporary, cardiovascular care delivery model is crucial. According to Mital, et al, a multipronged strategic approach that includes: 1) recognizing structural inequalities; 2) diversifying clinical trials; 3) training a workforce in culturally humility; and 4) addressing social drivers or determinants of health (SDoH) should be considered. Implementation of these measures through community engagement and culturally congruent education programs may foster a culture of health, eliminate CVD disparities, and advance health equity.

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Working Agenda for Black Mothers

Rachel M. Bond , MD; Kecia Gaither, MD; Samar A. Nasser, PHD, MPH; Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH; Keith C. Ferdinand, MD; Joyce N. Njoroge, MD; Biljana Parapid, MD, PHD; Sharonne N. Hayes , MD; Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH; Bola Sogade, MD; Anna Grodzinsky, MD; Karol E. Watson, MD, PHD; Cassandra A. McCullough, MBA; Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH; on behalf of the Association of Black Cardiologists

Amidst rising maternal mortality rates, especially affecting Black women, the Association of Black Cardiologists convened the Black Maternal Heart Health Roundtable to address this crisis. The round table was designed to recognize the critical need for diversity in healthcare, and efforts to enhance racial and ethnic representation in the medical workforce are emphasized. The discussants agree that metrics must be instituted to overcome recruitment, retention, and advancement barriers, promoting equity in healthcare delivery for Black mothers.

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A Call to Action: Addressing Health Equity to Improve Atrial Fibrillation Patient Experiences and Outcomes

This report highlights critical divides in care and opportunities to improve health equity in Atrial fibrillation (AF) management. Concerted efforts are needed to address inequities in managing AF, so all patients have the opportunity to receive optimal care regardless of sex, gender, race, and ethnicity.

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ABC MEMBER PUBLICATION LIST (July to February 2019 – updated monthly)

View the full list of member publications – 2017 to 2019 (PDF)


History and Justification of a National Blood Pressure Measurement Validated Device Listing
Co-authored by Domenic A. Sica (Jordana B. Cohen , Raj S. Padwal , Michael Gutkin, Beverly B. Green, Michael J. Bloch, F. Wilford Germino, Anthony J. Viera, Benjamin M. Bluml, William B. White, Sandra J. Taler, Steven Yarows, Daichi Shimbo, Raymond R. Townsend)
Hypertension. 2019 Feb;73(2):258-264. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.11990.

Neighborhood poverty and hemodynamic, neuroendocrine, and immune response to acute stress among patients with coronary artery disease

Co-authored by Tené T. Lewis (with Samaah Sullivan, Heval M. Kelli, Muhammad Hammadah, Matthew Topel, Kobina Wilmot, Ronnie Ramadan, Brad D. Pearce, Amit Shah, Bruno B. Lima, Jeong Hwan Kim, Shakia Hardy, Oleksiy Levantsevych, Malik Obideen, Belal Kaseer, Laura Ward, Michael Kutner, Allison Hankus, Yi-An Ko, Michael R. Kramer, J. Douglas Bremner, Arshed Quyyumi and Viola Vaccarino)  Psychoneuroendocrinology, Volume 100, February 2019, Pages 145-155 [Epub ahead of print]


Cigarette Smoking and Subclinical Peripheral Arterial Disease in Blacks of the Jackson Heart Study
Co-authored by Rose M. Robertson
(with Donald Clark III, Loretta R. Cain, Michael J. Blaha, Andrew P. DeFilippis, Robert J. Mentz, Daisuke Kamimura, Wendy B. White, Kenneth R. Butler, Aruni Bhatnagar, Javed Butler, Adolfo Correa, Emelia J. Benjamin and Michael E. Hall)
Journal of the American Heart Association. Originally published 23 Jan 2019

Electronic health record access by patients as an indicator of information seeking and sharing for cardiovascular health promotion in social networks: Secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial
Co-authored by Sherry-Ann N.Brown (with Hayan Jouni and Iftikhar J. Kullo)
Preventive Medicine Reports, Available online 14 January 2019, open access, In Press, Accepted Manuscript

Characteristics of Acute Heart Failure Hospitalizations Based on Presenting Severity: Findings From the Get With the Guidelines–Heart Failure Registry
Co-authored by  Clyde W. Yancy and Gregg C. Fonarow (with Kishan S. Parikh, Shubin Sheng, Bradley G. Hammill, Adrian F. Hernandez and Adam D. DeVore)
Circulation: Heart Failure. 2019 Jan;12(1):e005171. doi: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.118.005171.

Achieving Health Equity by Normalizing Cardiac Care
Co-authored by Cheryl Pegus 
(with Ian Duncan, Judy Greener, Juan F. Granada, and Tamim Ahmed)
Health Equity. 2018 Dec 28;2(1):404-411. doi: 10.1089/heq.2018.0067. eCollection 2018.

Association Between Sleep Apnea and Blood Pressure Control Among Blacks: Jackson Heart Sleep Study
Co-authored by Marwah Abdalla (with Dayna A. Johnson , S. Justin Thomas , Na Guo, Yuichiro Yano, Michael Rueschman, Rikki M. Tanner, Murray A. Mittleman, David A. Calhoun, James G. Wilson, Paul Muntner, and Susan Redline)
Circulation. Originally published 10 Dec 2018

Association of Cardiac Injury and Malignant Left Ventricular Hypertrophy With Risk of Heart Failure in African Americans (The Jackson Heart Study)
Co-authored by Alana Lewis, Carlos J. Rodriguez, and Ervin R. Fox (with Ambarish Pandey, Neil Keshvani, Colby Ayers, Adolfo Correa, Mark H. Drazner, Michael E. Hall, Robert J. Mentz, Christopher deFilippi, Stephen L. Seliger, Christie M. Ballantyne, Ian J. Neeland, James A. de Lemos, and Jarett D. Berry)
JAMA Cardiology. Published online December 19, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2018.4300

Comparative survival and role of STS score in aortic paravalvular leak after SAVR or TAVR: a retrospective study from the USA
Co-authored by Vuyisile T. Nkomo (with Ratnasari Padang, Mahmoud Ali, Kevin L. Greason, Christopher G. Scott, Manasawee Indrabhinduwat, Charanjit S. Rihal, Mackram F. Eleid, Patricia A. Pellikka, and Sorin V. Pislaru)
BMJ Open. 2018 Dec 9;8(12):e022437. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022437


Racial Disparities in Patient Characteristics and Survival After Acute Myocardial Infarction
Lead author Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH
(with Philip G. Jones, MS; Paul S. Chan, MD, MSc; et al
JAMA Network Open. November 2018;1(7):e184240.

Underrepresented Minorities and Academic Difficulty During Family Medicine Residency: No Association?
Co-authored by José E. Rodríguez MD (with Klive Forde, MD)
Family Medicine. November 2018;50(10):789-789.


Do Teaching-Focused Medical Schools Perpetuate the Thinking That Black Faculty Should Not Be Researchers?
Co-authored by José E. Rodríguez (with Cassandra Acheampong and Kendall M. Campbell)
Southern Medical Journal. 2018 Oct;111(10):638. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000866.

Mentoring Underrepresented Minority in Medicine (URMM) Students Across Racial, Ethnic and Institutional Differences
Co-authored by José E. Rodríguez MD (with Kendall M. Campbell, MD)
Journal of National Medical Association. 2018 Oct;110(5):421-423. doi: 10.1016/j.jnma.2017.09.004. Epub 2017 Nov 6.

Racism Education is Needed at All Levels of Training
Co-authored by José E. Rodríguez MD (with Judy C. Washington, MD)
Family Medicine. October 2018;50(9):711-712.

Number of Measurements Needed to Obtain a Reliable Estimate of Home Blood Pressure: Results From the Improving the Detection of Hypertension Study
Co-authored by D. Edmund Anstey, MD, MPH (with Natalie A. Bello, MD, MPH; Joseph E. Schwartz, PhD; Ian M. Kronish, MD, MPH; Suzanne Oparil, MD; Ying Wei, PhD; Ying Kuen K. Cheung, PhD; Paul Muntner, PhD; and Daichi Shimbo, MD)
Journal of the American Heart Association. October 2018; 7:e008658

Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial of FAITH (Faith-Based Approaches in the Treatment of Hypertension) in Blacks
Co-authored by Gbenga Ogedegbe (with Antoinette M. Schoenthaler, Kristie J. Lancaster, William Chaplin, Mark Butler, Jessica Forsyth_
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Originally published Oct 2018.
Associated editorial: Of Barbershops and Churches Can Community-Based Interventions Improve Cardiovascular Risk in High-Risk Patients?
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, October 2018. Reprinted Wall Street Journal, Oct 9


Transcatheter aortic valve insertion in patients with hostile ascending aorta calcification
Co-authored by Vuyisile T. Nkomo (with Akio Nakasu, MD, Kevin L. Greason, MD, Mackram F. Eleid, MD, Alberto Pochettino, MD, Katherine S. King, MS, Gurpreet S. Sandhu, MD, PhD, Eric E. Williamson, MD, David R. Holmes, MD)
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2018 September; 156(3):1028-1034. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.03.125

Diagnosing Masked Hypertension Using Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring, Home Blood Pressure Monitoring, or Both?
Co-authored by D. Edmund Anstey, MD, MPH (with Paul Muntner, Natalie A. Bello, Daniel N. Pugliese, Yuichiro Yano, Ian M. Kronish, Kristi Reynolds, Joseph E. Schwartz, and Daichi Shimbo)
Hypertension. September 2018;72:1200–1207

Heart Centers for Women: Historical Perspective on Formation and Future Strategies to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease
Co-authored by Jennifer Mieres (with Gina P. Lundberg, Laxmi S. Mehta, Rupa M. Sanghani, Hena N. Patel, Niti R. Aggarwal,  Neelum T. Aggarwal, Lynne T. Braun, Sandra J. Lewis, Malissa J. Wood, Robert A. Harrington and Annabelle S. Volgman)
Circulation. September 2018; 138:1155–1165


Risk Factors Influencing Outcomes of Atrial Fibrillation in ALLHAT
Co-authored by L. Julian Haywood and Jackson T. Wright Jr.  for the ALLHAT Collaborative Research Group (with Barry R. Davis, Linda B. Piller, M.D., M.P.H., Lara M. Simpson, Ph.D., Alokananda Ghosh, M.D., M.S., Paula T. Einhorn, M.D., M.S., Charles E. Ford, Ph.D., Jeffrey L. Probstfield, M.D., Elsayed Z. Soliman, M.D., M.Sc., M.S.)
Journal of the National Medical Association, August 2018, Volume 110, Issue 4, 343 – 351

Coronary endothelial function and spontaneous coronary artery dissection
Co-authored by Sharonne N. Hayes (with Thomas M. Waterbury, Marysia S. Tweet, Abhiram Prasad, Amir Lerman, and Rajiv Gulati)
European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care, August 2018

Comparison of Effectiveness of Azilsartan Medoxomil and Olmesartan in Blacks Versus Whites With Systemic Hypertension
By Keith C Ferdinand (with Bakris GL, Cushman WC, Weber MA, Lloyd E, Wu J, White WB.)
American Journal of Cardiology, 2018 August. pii: S0002-9149(18)31494-2. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2018.07.022. [Epub ahead of print]

Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Readmission for Heart Failure Using Novel Tablet and Nurse Practitioner Education
Co-authored by Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS and Veronica Franco, MD, (with Scott Maffett, MD; Randi E. Foraker, PhD; Rod Sturdivant, PhD; Kristina Moon, DO; Ayesha Hasan, MD; Sakima Smith, MD, MPH; Brent C. Lampert, DO; Sitaramesh Emani, MD; Garrie Haas, MD; Rami Kahwash, MD; Ray E. Hershberger, MD; Philip F. Binkley, MD, MPH; Laura Helmkamp, MS; Kathryn Colborn, PhD; Pamela N. Peterson, MD, MSPH; Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD; and William T. Abraham, MD)
American Journal of Medicine, August 2018, Volume 131, Issue 8, 974 – 978

Association of Variants in BAG3 With Cardiomyopathy Outcomes in African American Individuals
Co-authored by Dennis M. McNamara, MD; Jeffrey D. Alexis, MD; Anne L. Taylor, MD; and Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc (with Valerie D. Myers, MS; Glenn S. Gerhard, MD; Dhanendra Tomar, PhD; Muniswamy Madesh, PhD; Scott Kaniper, BS; Frederick V. Ramsey, PhD; Susan G. Fisher, PhD; Roxann G. Ingersoll, MHS6; Laura Kasch-Semenza, BA; JuFang Wang, MD5; Karen Hanley-Yanez, BS; Bonnie Lemster, MPH; Jessica A. Schwisow, BS; Amrut V. Ambardekar, MD; Seta H. Degann, MS; Michael R. Bristow, MD, PhD; Richard Sheppard, MD; Douglas G. Tilley, PhD; Christopher D. Kontos, MD; Joseph M. McClung, PhD; Kamel Khalili, PhD; Jonathan G. Seidman, PhD; Christine E. Seidman, MD; Charles F. McTiernan, PhD; Joseph Y. Cheung, MD, PhD; Arthur M. Feldman, MD, PhD.)
AMA Cardiology. Published online August 2018.

Research Participation of a Professional Organization in Clinical Trials: The Association of Black cardiologists Clinical Trial Investigator Identification Project
Co-authored by Larry R. Jackson II, MD, Wayne B. Batchelor, MD, MHS, and Kevin L. Thomas, MD, (with Chidiebube C. Egwim, MD, MPH, Alvin J. Rucker, MPH, Deng C. Madut, MD, Goderfroy S. Chery, MD, MS, and Lonnie T. Sullivan II, BS)
Journal of the National Medical Association, Published online: August 2018

Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction Expert Panel Report: Current Controversies and Implications for Clinical Trials
Co-authored by Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, MD (with Kishan S.Parikh, MD, Kavita Sharma, MD, Mona Fiuzat PharmD Howard K.Surks MD Jyothis T. George MD Narimon Honarpour MD, PhD Christopher Depre MD, PhD, Richard Nkulikiyinka MD, Gregory D. Lewis MD, Mardi Gomberg-Maitland, MD, MSc, Christopher M. O’Connor MD Norman Stockbridge MD, Robert M. Califf MD, Marvin A. Konstam MD, James L. Januzzi, Jr. MD, Scott D.Solomon MD Barry A. Borlaug MD Sanjiv J. Shah MD Margaret M. Redfield MD G. Michael Felker MD)
JACC Heart Failure. 2018 August; 6(8):619-632. doi: 10.1016/j.jchf.2018.06.008.
Special Issue: Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF)
Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure Expert Scientific Panel

Clinical outcomes of Β-blocker therapy in cocaine-associated heart failure
Co-authored by Tuoyo Mene-Afejuku, MD, FWACP (with Persio D. Lopez, Adedoyin Akinlonu, Carissa Dumancas, Mohammed Saeed, Eder H. Cativo, Ferdinand Visco, Savi Mushiyev and Gerald Pekler)
International Journal of Cardiology. 2018 August.

JULY 2018

A Clinician’s Guide for Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies
Co-authored by Kim A. Williams and Travis Batts (with Andrew M. Freeman, Pamela B. Morris, Karen Aspry, Neil F. Gordon, Neal D. Barnard, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Emilio Ros, Stephen Devries, James O’Keefe, Michael Miller, Dean Ornish, Robert J. Ostfeld, Sheldon Litwin, Monica Aggarwal, Andrea Werner, Kathleen Allen, Beth White, and Penny Kris-Etherton)
Journal of the American College of Cardiology July 2018, 72 (5) 553-568; DOI:10.1016/j.jacc.2018.05.030

Novel Interventions in Addressing Racial Disparities in Blood Pressure Control: Potential Utilization of Barbershops in Black Men
By Keith Ferdinand, MD
Circulation, July 2018, Vol 138, Issue 4 (Editor’s Picks July/August 2018)

Coronary Calcium Score and Cardiovascular Risk
Co-authored by Karol E. Watson and Matthew J. Budoff (with Philip Greenland, Michael J. Blaha, and Raimund Erbel)
Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Volume 72, Issue 4. July 2018

Aspirin-free strategies in cardiovascular disease and cardioembolic stroke prevention
Co-authored by Roxana Mehran (with Davide Capodanno, Marco Valgimigli, Usman Baber, Stephan Windecker, Pascal Vranckx, George Dangas, Fabiana Rollini, Takeshi Kimura, Jean-Philippe Collet, C. Michael Gibson, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Renato D. Lopes, Hyeon-Cheol Gwon, Robert F. Storey, Francesco Franchi, Deepak L. Bhatt, Patrick W. Serruys & Dominick J. Angiolillo)
Nature Reviews Cardiology. Published:  July 2018

Linking Education to Action: A Program to Increase Research Participation Among African American Women
Co-authored by Sharonne N. Hayes (with Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Karen Patricia Williams, Jennifer L. Ridgeway, Monica W. Parker, Alice Strong-Simmons and Michele Y. Halyard)
Journal of Women’s Health. Published Online:  July 2018

#Me_Who Anatomy of Scholastic, Leadership, and Social Isolation of Underrepresented Minority Women in Academic Medicine
by Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH
Circulation, July 2018, Vol 138, Issue 5

Temporal Trends in Contemporary Use of Ventricular Assist Devices by Race and Ethnicity
Khadijah Breathett (with Larry A. Allen, Laura Helmkamp, Kathryn Colborn, Stacie L. Daugherty, Irene V. Blair, Jacqueline Jones, Prateeti Khazanie, Sula Mazimba, Marylyn McEwen, Jeff Stone, Elizabeth Calhoun, Nancy K. Sweitzer and Pamela N. Peterson)
Circulation: Heart Failure. July 2018

Cardiovascular outcomes during extended follow-up of the AIM-HIGH trial cohort
Co-authored by Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, MD
(with Jeffrey L. Probstfield, MD, William E. Boden, MD, Todd Anderson, MD, Kelley Branch, MD, MS, Moti Kashyap, MD, Jerome L. Fleg, MD, Ruth McBride, and Mark McGovern, MD, On behalf of the AIM-HIGH Investigators)
Journal of Clinical Lipidology. 2018 July. pii: S1933-2874(18)30308-8.   doi: 10.1016/j.jacl.2018.07.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Late manifestation of alloantibody-associated injury and clinical pulmonary antibody-mediated rejection: Evidence from cell-free DNA analysis
Co-authored by Hannah A. Valantine MD, MRCP
(with Sean Agbor-Enoh, MD, PhD, Annette M. Jackson, PhD, Ilker Tunc, PhD, Gerald J. Berry, MD, Adam Berry, PharmD, David Grimm, BS, Andrew Davis, Pali Shah, MD, Anne W. Brown, MD, Yan Wang, PhD, Irina Timofte, MD, Palak Shah, MD, MS, Sasha Gorham, MS, Jennifer Wylie, BS, Natalie Goodwin, BS, Moon Kyoo Jang, PhD, Argit Marishta, BS, Kenneth Bhatti, BS, Ulgen Fideli, PA-C, MHSP, Yanqin Yang, MD, Helen Luikart, RN, Zeling Cao, MD, Mehdi Pirooznia, PhD, Jun Zhu, PhD, Charles Marboe, MD, Aldo Iacono, MD, Steven D. Nathan, MD, Jonathan Orens, MD, Kiran Khush, MD, MAS.)
Journal of Heart Lung Transplant. 2018 July; 37(7):925-932. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2018.01.1305.

The Cardiologist and the Cancer Patient: Challenges to Cardio-Oncology (or Onco-Cardiology) and Call to Action
Lead author Tochi M. Okwuosa and co-author Kim A. Williams (with Nicole Prabhu, Hena Patel, Timothy Kuzel, Parameswaran Venugopal, and Agne Paner)
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 72, Issue 2, July 2018

Buffer or Suffer: Redesigning Heart Failure Postdischarge Clinic Using Queuing Theory
Co-authored by Clyde, W. Yancy, MD (with R. Kannan Mutharasan, Faraz S. Ahmad, Itai Gurvich, Hannah Alphs Jackson, Jan A. Van Mieghem)
CirculationCardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. July 2018; 11:e004351



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