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2 2018 SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS DAILY NEWS MONDAY | NOV. 12, 2018 Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 9-10:15 a.m. Main Event I • Keynote Address: Presentation of the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guideline for Americans • Developing the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans • The Science Connecting Physical Activity, Cardiovascular Disease Mortality, All-Cause Mortality and Other Health Outcomes • Increasing the Impact of Federal Physical Activity Guidance Through Strategic Partnerships Unpacking the Cardiovascular Biology of Violence 10:45 a.m.-Noon • Deciphering the Biology of Violence: The Stress of Violence on Cardiovascular and Brain Health • Deciphering the Biology of Violence: Intentional Violence as a Cardiovascular Disease • Role of Clergy in Preventing the Cardiovascular Effects of Violence • Deciphering the Biology of Violence: Health Systems Strategies to Curb the Tsunami TODAY AT SESSIONS TOP PICKS FROM THE PROGRAM CHAIR Eric Peterson, MD, MPH, FAHA, Committee on Scientific Sessions Program Chair A s we enter the final day of Scientific Ses- sions, you still have plenty of opportunities to learn and share with other profession- als, colleagues and mentors. The informa- tion you gather will be invaluable to your research, practice and patients. Here are my top five picks for today: TOP PICK NO. 1 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will release the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, assistant secretary for health for HHS, will review the guidelines at 9 a.m. The presentation will not only include recommendations, but the science behind them, as well as health care strategies to help Americans get moving. TOP PICK NO. 2 Today, we also celebrate 40 years since the first Bethesda Conference was convened by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. At the 1978 conference, international experts explored why mortality due to coronary heart disease had dramatically dropped in the United States. Now, experts will discuss progress and remaining challenges in “Bending the Curve in CVD Mortality.” The session, starting at 8:30 a.m., also will cover explanations for the recent stagnation in CVD declines and identify approaches to overcome these barriers. TOP PICK NO. 3 Don’t miss the “Late-Breaking Basic Science Oral Abstracts,” which will review five highly rated scientific studies: • A look at whole-genome sequencing to identify PTGIS as a novel susceptibility gene for idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension • Promising high-throughput drug screen to reverse phenotype of pulmonary artery hypertension • Identification of DNA methyltransferase 3B as a novel epigenetic mediator against pulmonary vas- cular remodeling in pulmonary hypertension • Experimental use of hymecromone in inhibiting fibrotic deposition and pulmonary hypertension in patients with combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema • Novel rat model for heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension TOP PICK NO. 4 The Frontiers in Science are exceptional — bringing together early, mid and senior investigators to debate impressive pre-publication science breakthroughs and discoveries. I’m looking forward to today’s “Thrombosis Summit.” Bridging basic and clinical science, it will explore “Inflammatory Mechanisms in Thrombosis,” “Cancer in Thrombosis” and “Urgent Diagnosis and Management of Aggressive Thrombosis Syndromes.” TOP PICK NO. 5 “Unpacking Cardiovascular Roots of Violence” at 10:45 a.m. is a compelling look at the biology of violence and its impact on cardiovascular and brain health. The session also will explore health system strategies to address the problem and the role of clergy in preventing cardiovascular effects of violence. Finally, rest assured you can recap all of the abstracts from the three days. Just stop by the Science & Technology Hall at Booth 1219 to pick up your complimentary copy of all the abstracts on USB. See you next year, Nov. 16-18, in Philadelphia. DON’T MISS TODAY’S KEY EVENTS Check the AHA Conference app for specific times. Get your blood pressure checked in the Science & Technology Hall Target BP, Booth 2031 Target BP is a national initiative formed by the AHA and the AMA to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes. Stop by Booth 2031 to check your blood pressure and find tools to support your practice.
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