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UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at AHA Scientific Sessions 2023

November 10-13, 2023

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute will be well-represented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2023 in Philadelphia on Friday, Nov. 10 to Monday, Nov. 13. Our experts will be lecturing and presenting research abstracts on a number of important cardiovascular topics.

Full details of the lecture days/times are available on the conference website program.


The complete list of presentations, workshops, and poster sessions featuring experts from UPMC includes:


Nov. 10, 2023


Introduce What CVSA Committee Does, the Awards, Who Is Eligible, Dates, Past Winners and Where They Are Now, and Leadership

Panelist: Kim Howard-Quijano


Swimming with the Sharks: Present Your Research for Successful Mentor-Mentee Matching

Moderator: Jonathan Elmer


Pediatric Cardiology Care in the Post-COVID Era

Moderator: Jackie Kreutzer


Nov. 11, 2023


Post-GWAS Functional Analysis Of CBLN2 Locus Reveals The Role Of CUX1 In The Inflammatory Pathogenesis Of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Presented by: Wei Sun, Danli Jiang, Ting Wu, Gang Li, Stephen Y. Chan


T-wave Oversensing Secondary to an Inappropriate ICD Shock Resulting in Subsequent Unnecessary Shocks

Presented by: Bosky Soni, Reed Melanie, Neil Patel


Sex Disparities in Optimal Medical Therapy for Ischemic Heart Disease

Presented by: Hassan Adam Alhassan, Harnoor Mann, Malamo Countouris


Heart Failure Hospitalist Service Line Have Decrease All Cause Readmission, Length of Stay and Cost at 3 UPMC Hospitals in Central Pennsylvania in 2022

Presented by: Jesus Vargas


The Benefits of Wearable Physical Activity Tracking Devices and Wellness Initiatives

Presented by: Kristen Davis


Point-of-Care Ultrasound Estimation of Right Atrial Pressure Predicts Early Readmission in Patients With Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Presented by: Michael Knapp, Oluwatosin Aluko, Himal Chapagain, Faizan Faizee, Aleesha Kainat, Rahul Chaudhary, John Pacella


Cardioprotective Effect of Antiviral Therapy Among Hepatitis C Infected Patients: A Meta-Analysis

Presented by: Kripa Rajak, Nirmit Patel, Alisson Iturburu


Coronary Imaging in Prevention Trials: Past, Present, and Future

Moderator: Anum Saeed


Association of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy With Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction 8-10 Years After Delivery

Presented by: Malamo Countouris, Janet M Catov, Jianhui Zhu, Nikki de Jong, Xucai Chen, Kathryn Berlacher, Robin Gandley, Adam C. Straub, Flordeliza S. Villanueva


Susceptibility to Cardiac-Targeted Irradiation in Wild-Type and Nos1 Haploinsufficient Mice

Presented by: Peter Wipf, Michael Epperly, Joel Greenberger


Aspirin Use for Primary Prevention in High-Risk Patients: Insights From a Large Healthcare Network

Presented by: Pallavi Muluk, Jianhui Zhu, Erin D. Michos, Floyd W. Thoma, Oscar C. Marroquin, Eli Hay, Suresh R. Mulukutla, Anum Saeed


Revascularization Shows Beneficial Cardiovascular Outcomes in Severe Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Presented by: Shumail Fatima, Abu Hurera, Midori Torpoco Rivera, Ahmet Sezer, Gavin W. Hickey


The Aim2 Inflammasome Deters Myogenic Potential Of Muscle Satellite Cells Affected By Peripheral Artery Disease (pad) And Is A Therapeutic Target To Attenuate Myopathy

Presented by: Bowen Xie, Edwyn Assaf, Ricardo Ferrari, Rohan Kulkarni, Ryan McEnaney, Ulka Sachdev


Circulation Research: COVID-19 and the Cardiovascular System - An AHA Journal Session

Moderated by: Cynthia St. Hilaire


Primary Repair vs. Staged Palliation for Symptomatic Neonates: Lessons Learned From the CCRC

Presented by: Bryan H. Goldstein

Mutations, Myocytes, and Mice: The Latest Discoveries in Functional Genetics

Moderated by:Stephen Y. Chan


Environmental Circadian Desynchronization and Metabolic Stress Drive Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF)

Presented by: Varun MandiJeongkyung Lee, Rajaganapathi Jagannathan, Ping Yang, Vinny Negi, FENG LI, Yijen L. Wu, Dhivyaa Rajasundaram, Vijay Yechoor, Mousumi Moulik


Reduced Endothelial ADAR1-Dependent RNA Editing Induces NOCT-Driven Immunoactivation and Promotes Pulmonary Hypertension

Presented by: Chen-Shan Julia Woodcock, Tang, Yi Yin Tai, Satoshi Okawa, Shu-Ting Cho, Robert Lafyatis, Stephen Y. Chan


Phase-Specific Survival After Endovascular versus Open Surgical Repair of Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Presented by: Nidhi Iyanna, Takuya Ogami, Yujiro Yokoyama, Derek Serna-Gallegos, Danny Chu, Ibrahim Sultan


A New Approach for Quantification of Cardiomyocyte Generation Identifies a Window for Targeting Cardiomyocyte Proliferation and Differentiation in Human Infants

Presented by: Anita Bargaje, Niyatie Ammanamanchi, Jocelyn Mich-Basso, Mathew L. Steinhauser, Adam Christopher, Kathryn C. Little, Dawn Thomas, Shannon Janzef, Jacqueline Weinberg, Tyler Harris, Gaurav Arora, Joanna Drickman, Kirsten Rose-Felker, Sharon D. Fabellar-Sia, Susan A. Miller, Shawn West, Brian D. Feingold, Victor Morell, Melita Viegas, Luciana da Silva, Mario Castro Medina, Hairu Zhou, Honghai Liu, Mara Sullivan, Bernhard Kuhn


Probing Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Mouse Hearts With Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity Using Ungated 4D Oxy-Wavelet MRI

Presented by: Devin Raine Everaldo Cortes, Margaret Stapleton, Kristina Schwab, Noah Coulson, Elizabeth Mazzella, Dalton West, Thomas Becker-Szurszewski, Sean Hartwick, Yijen L. Wu


Genetic and Acquired DHCR7 Deficiency Upregulates 7β-hydroxycholesterol to Drive Endothelial Apoptosis and Pulmonary Hypertension

Presented by: Rashmi J. Rao, Hee-Jung Kim, Siyi Jiang, Yi-Yin Tai, Bing Wang, Ying Tang, Wadih El Khoury, Anna Kirillova, Al Aaraj, Annie Watson, Ankit X. Sharma, Wei Sun, Lloyd David Harvey, Stephen Y. Chan


Late-Breaking Basic Science Oral Abstracts I

Moderated by: Cristina Espinosa


Healthcare Informatics and Health Equity: Opportunities and Challenges

Panel Participant: Jared Magnani


Enhancing CVD Prevention With Mobile Health: Strategies to Overcome the Digital Divide

Presented by: Jared Magnani


RV Surveillance and Treatments for CTEPH

Presented by: Belinda Rivera-Lebron


Nov. 12, 2023


Black Patients With Heart Failure Living in Distressed Communities Disproportionately Experience Excess Risk of Mortality After Emergency Department Visit for Dyspnea

Presented by: Karina Kraevsky-Phillips, Clifton W Callaway, Richard A. Henker, Paul Scott, Salah S. Al-Zaiti


Trends Among Patients Undergoing Transvenous Lead Extraction: A Single Center Experience

Presented by: Muhammad Talha Ayub, Don Mathew, Konstantinos Aronis, Krishna Kancharla, Aditya Bhonsale, Floyd W. Thoma, Andrew Voigt, Sandeep Jain, Nathan A. Estes III, Samir Saba, Alaa Shalaby


Quality of Life in Early-Stage Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A Secondary Analysis of the VANISH Trial

Presented by: Jason R. Becker


Clinical Outcomes Across Groups of Ejection Fraction and Grades of Diastolic Dysfunction

Presented by: Jacqueline Levene, Aditya Bhonsale, Krishna Kancharla, Floyd W. Thoma, Suresh R. Mulukutla, Andrew Voigt, Alaa Shalaby, Nathan A. Estes III, Sandeep Jain, Samir Saba


Sex-Based Statin Utilization and Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes: A Real World Secondary Prevention Cohort

Presented by: Floyd W. Thoma, Agnes Koczo, Steven Reis, Anum Saeed, Suresh R. Mulukutla


Mid-Term Survival of Low-Risk Patients Treated With Transcatheter versus Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement: Meta-Analysis of Reconstructed Time-to-Event Data

Presented by: Michel Pompeu Sa, Derek Serna-Gallegos, Danny Chu, Ibrahim Sultan


An Uncommon Mass, in an Uncommon Location, in a Common Patient?

Presented by: Ngozi Osuji, Cihan Caglayan, Jacqueline Levene, Ezza Fatima Tariq, Joseph Franz, Rafic Farah, Derek Serna-Gallegos, Jeffrey A. Fowler, Catalin Toma, Adam Olson, Barinder Hansra, Joshua E. Levenson


Association of Social Factors on Sex-Specific Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Presented by: Tanmay A. Gokhale, Mehak Dhande, Suresh R. Mulukutla, Floyd W. Thoma, Aditya Bhonsale, Krishna Kancharla, Andrew Voigt, Alaa Shalaby, Nathan A. Estes III, Sandeep Jain, Samir Saba


Keeping up With the Newest Guideline Directed Medical Therapy for Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction, Resident-Driven Quality Improvement Project

Presented by: Seema Sharma Gautam, Konstantin Golubykh, Kripa Rajak, Aslan Amirian, Iuliia Kovalenko, Taaha M. Mirza, Jesus Vargas, Roberto Hodara, Yijin Wert, Kriti Taneja, Anas Atrash


Long-Term Outcomes of Prosthesis-Patient Mismatch After Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement: Meta-Analysis of Kaplan-Meier-Derived Individual Patient Data

Presented by: Michel Pompeu Sa, Danny Chu, Derek Serna-Gallegos, Ibrahim Sultan


Oxytocin Receptor in the Spinal Neuraxial Modulation of Ventricular Excitability

Presented by: Abigail Hellman, Kimberly Howard-Quijano, Yuki Kuwabara, Siamak Salavatian, Madison Fisher, Aman Mahajan


Resource Utilization After Cardiac Surgery in Adults With Congenital Heart Diseases: A Nationwide Analysis

Presented by: Carlos E. Diaz Castrillon, Ibrahim Sultan, Melita Viegas, Arvind Hoskoppal, Mario Castro Medina, Luciana da Silva, Nidhi Iyanna, Sarah Yousef, Yisi Wang, Victor Morell


Statin Utilization and Recurrent Cardiovascular Disease Events in a Secondary Prevention Cohort of Older Adults

Presented by: Deeksha Acharya, Aaron Walker, Jianhui Zhu, Floyd W. Thoma, Agnes Koczo, Suresh R. Mulukutla, Anum Saeed


Statin Prescription and ASCVD Outcomes in a Secondary Prevention Cohort Stratified by Race

Presented by: Maha Mumtaz, Jianhui Zhu, Floyd W. Thoma, Malamo Countouris, Mahmoud A. Al Rifai, Anum Saeed, Suresh R. Mulukutla


Early Rhythm Control is Associated With Improved Outcomes in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

Presented by: Muhammad Talha Ayub, Gautam Rangavajla, David Newhouse, Floyd W. Thoma, Aditya Bhonsale, Andrew Voigt, Suresh R. Mulukutla, Alaa Shalaby, Nathan A. Estes III, Sandeep Jain, Samir Saba, Krishna Kancharla


The Association of Aspirin With and Without Statin on Cardiovascular Outcomes in Primary Prevention Patients With Diabetes Mellitus

Presented by: Pallavi Muluk, Jianhui Zhu, Floyd W. Thoma, Oscar C. Marroquin, Amber Makani, Suresh R. Mulukutla, Anum Saeed


Impact of Guideline-Directed Statin Intervention in Secondary Prevention Patients Stratified by Diabetes Status

Presented by: Saarang S. Mulukutla, Jianhui Zhu, Floyd W. Thoma, Oscar C. Marroquin, Anum Saeed


Statin Utilization and Outcomes Among Patients With Coronary Artery Disease Undergoing Percutaneous or Surgical Revascularization

Presented by: Saarang S. Mulukutla, Jianhui Zhu, Floyd W. Thoma, Oscar C. Marroquin, Amber Makani, Ibrahim Sultan, Anum Saeed


Timing and Mode of Death Following Treatment of Neonatal Symptomatic Tetralogy of Fallot

Presented by: Sara M. Trucco, Bryan H. Goldstein


TEAD1 Regulation of Angiotensin II Signaling in the Heart and NFAT Activity

Presented by: Rajaganapathi Jagannathan, Jeongkyung Lee, Vinny Negi, Feng Li, Vijay Yechoor, Mousumi Moulik


Sotatercept for the Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: A Systematic Review and Single-Arm Meta-Analysis

Presented by: Luiz Campedelli, Michael G. Risbano


Severity of Diastolic Dysfunction Predicts Risk of Myocardial Infarction

Presented by: Tanmay A. Gokhale, Mehak Dhande, Suresh R. Mulukutla, Floyd W. Thoma, Aditya Bhonsale, Krishna Kancharla, Andrew Voigt, Alaa Shalaby, Nathan A. Estes III, Sandeep Jain, Samir Saba


PRO 1: Cellular Senescence PROMOTES Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Presented by: Stephen Y. Chan


Association of Lactation Duration With Blood Pressure Recovery at One Year Postpartum in Overweight and Obese Individuals With a Hypertensive Disorder of Pregnancy

Presented by: Renee Hart, Janet Catov, Alisse Hauspurg


Diet-Induced Obesity Drives Phospholamban Acetylation and Promotes Cardiomyocyte Calcium Reuptake Into the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum

Presented by: Bellina Mushala, Michael Stoner, Iain Scott, Janet R. Manning


Association of Social Factors on Sex-Specific Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Presented by: Tarryn Tertulien, Gretchen Swabe, Jared Magnani


Impact of Chronic Disease on Lipoproteins and CVD Risk

Presented by: Alison Kohan


Post-GWAS Functional Analysis of CBLN2 Locus Reveals the Role of CUX1 in the Inflammatory Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Presented by: Wei Sun, Wadih El Khoury, Danli Jiang, Ying Tang, Ting Wu, Yingze Zhang, Gang Li, Stephen Y. Chan


The Syndemic of Atrial Fibrillation and Social Determinants of Health

Presented by: Jared Magnani


Best Practices in Digital Coaching

Panel Moderator: Jared Magnani


Nov. 13, 2023


Is Sleep Disordered Breathing Optimized in Patients With Bradycardic Rhythm Disorders Prior to Pacemaker Implantation? - A Retrospective Observational Study and a Quality Improvement Project

Presented by: Kripa Rajak, Seema Sharma Gautam, Aslan Amirian, Gabriela Calderon Barahona, Hanna Bobrysheva, Yijin Wert, Anas Atrash, Navitha Ramesh


Cardiac MRI Adds Value in Discerning Pediatric Heart Transplant Rejection and Its Management

Presented by: Laura Olivieri


GlycA is Associated With Both Coronary Artery Calcium Incidence and Progression: ELSA-Brasil Cohort Analysis

Presented by: Ronaldo Correa Fabiano Filho, Marcio Bittencourt


Redefining the Assessment of “Therapeutic” Platelet Response to Acetylsalicylic Acid

Presented by: Rahul Chaudhary


Impact of Body Mass Index on Pericardial Effusion After Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation - A Nationwide Analysis From 2016-2019

Presented by: Aakash Sheth, Vivek Verma, Chinmay Patel


Role of Interferon Lambda in Influenza-Induced Exacerbation of Atherosclerosis

Presented by: Crystal Moras, Baskaran Chinnappan, Nicholas J. Constantinesco, Louis De Vito, Sashwath Srikanth, John F. Alcorn, Radha Gopal


Does Mineralocorticoid Receptor Blockade Affect the Occurrence of Perioperative Atrial Fibrillation in Cardiac Surgery Patients? - A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Presented by: Kripa Rajak, Seema Sharma Gautam, Resha Khanal, Anas Atrash


Prior SAVR With Low Coronary Heights

Presented by: Ibrahim Sultan


Acute Pulmonary Embolism – Percutaneous

Presented by: Catalin Toma


Digital Tools in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Panel Participant: Daniel Forman


Rilonacept for Refractory Pericarditis Following Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy: A Case Report

Presented by: Mohanad Hamandi, Janelle Gooch, Joshua E. Levenson


The Future of Aging Research

Presented by: Toren Finkel


Lack of Influence of Comorbidities on NT Pro-BNP/BNP Ratio in ATTR-CA: A Prospective, Single Sample, Paired Data Analysis

Presented by: Bharadwaj Satyavolu, Marcio Bittencourt, Georgia Maria Vasilakis, Majd F. Al Ahmad, Brent Medoff, Prem Soman


Significantly Slower Progression of Aortic Calcification Among Japanese in Japan Than White and Japanese Americans in a Multiethnic Cohort of Middle-Aged Men - ERA JUMP (Electron-Beam Computed Tomography and Risk Factor Assessment in Japanese and US Men in the Post-World War II Birth Cohort) Study

Presented by: Jiatong Li, Yuefang Chang, Akira M. Sekikawa


Association of Copayment Level and Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonist and Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter 2 Inhibitor Adherence in Diabetes and Heart Failure

Presented by: Utibe R. Essien, Balvindar Singh, Gretchen Swabe, Jared Magnani


Stem Cell Modeling of a Candidate Genetic Variant in a Family With Complex Inherited Cardiomyopathy

Presented by: Anna Kirillova, Siyi Jiang, Yassmin Al Aaraj Yunshan Yue, Rashmi Rao, Michael Creager, Robert Barndt, Haodi Wu, Satoshi Okawa, Stephen Y. Chan


Metabolic Clusters and Their Association With Progression of Coronary Artery Calcification (From the ELSA-Brasil)

Presented by: Marcio Bittencourt


Management of Adverse Outcomes of PE: Post PE Syndrome, CTED and CTEPH

Presented by: Belinda Rivera-Lebron