June 19, 2020
ACC was proud to stand with the Association of Black Cardiologists and the American Heart Association last week to denounce the recent and ongoing incidents of racism and violence. As noted in the joint letter: "The profound grief and stress triggered by these events, as well as the consequences for black lives, contribute significantly to cardiovascular risk. Each episode has emotional and physiological effects on individuals and all communities." In a message to all members, ACC President Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, notes that pervasive societal issues like the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racism and violence affect everyone and require a response. "We must persevere in our commitment to creating a profession – and a society – that recognizes and values every human being, that promotes diversity, that encourages and enables inclusion, and fights to address disparities," she said. "We cannot fully achieve our mission without also tackling underlying factors that literally discriminate against those providing or receiving care. This work must continue for as long as it is needed."