ABC, ACC, and AHA Joint Statement on Connection Between Black Maternal Health and Heart Health

This is Our Lane – Too: Joint Statement on the Maternal Health Crisis from the Association of Black Cardiologists, American College of Cardiology, and American Heart Association.

The ABC was joined by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) to emphasize the urgent action “needed to combat the maternal morbidity and mortality crisis in America” and the vital role that cardiologists have to play.”

“As nature’s first cardiac stress test for a woman, pregnancy provides a window to future cardiovascular health. Therefore, cardiologists cannot afford to be bystanders to the maternal health of their patients especially as it pertains to women who are most affected by the maternal morbidity crisis,” according to the statement.

The statement goes on to highlight the ongoing efforts of ABC, ACC, and AHA in addressing maternal and cardiovascular health disparities, and encourage “all cardiovascular specialists to double down on their efforts to reduce maternal mortality and to eliminate racial and ethnic gaps in maternal health outcomes.”

Read the full statement.

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