(1/11) How do you think overall cardiovascular mortality has changed in the United States from 1950 until now? #CVDPrevention2021 #ph260720
(2/11) It has decreased significantly! This has been due to reduction in risk factors and increases in medical and surgical therapies. @American_Heart and George Mensah (@NHLBI_Translate). Read “Decline in Cardiovascular Mortality” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…
#hearthealth #ph260720
(3/11) However, health disparities persist. Did you know that black adults are more likely to die from CVD than white adults in the US? @American_Heart and the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation visual: heart.org/en/about-us/20…
#healthdisparities, #hearthealth #ph260720
(4/11) What are some of the social, historical and economic factors that disproportionately affect African Americans, leading to increased CVD mortality risk? Comment below.
@CDCgov summarizes some of these factors. cdc.gov/vitalsigns/aah…
#AfricanAmericanHealth #ph260720
(5/11) How can we decrease cardiovascular deaths in black communities in the US? The solution must include diversifying medicine. With the founding day anniversary of @SNMA just last week, the mission to diversify medicine remains strong #representationmatters #snma #ph260720
(6/11) So, let me tell you about the effect of black doctors. With a black doctor, black patients are more likely to adhere to the use of preventative CVD medications (Traylor, AH et. al 2010) pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20571929/ #ph260720 #blackdoctors
(7/11) With a black doctor, black newborn babies experience reduced mortality. "Physician–patient racial concordance and disparities in birthing mortality for newborns" pnas.org/content/117/35… #healthdisparities #ph260720
(8/11) How do we decrease cardiovascular deaths in black communities in the US? @MarcellaAlsan and her research group found that black doctors can reduce the black-white male gap in cardiovascular mortality by up to 19%: aeaweb.org/articles?id=10…. #blackdoctors #ph260720
(9/11) Unfortunately, according to @AAMC 2019 data, black doctors currently make up about 5% of the medical workforce, despite a US patient population that is over 13% black. aamc.org/data-reports/w… #whatdoctorslooklike #ph260720 Image
(10/11) Diversity matters. Representation matters. If we want to see health disparities decrease, we need to diversify medicine. (Giving a shoutout to Stanford Office of Diversity in Medical Education @StanfordODME. Join their diversity week events!) #StanfordMedDEI #ph260720
(11/11) Overall, as a future black physician and a future black patient, I ask you to please, take care of every patient you encounter with love, patience, and the highest quality care. #MedTwitter #ph260720 Image

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