DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2020 – Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., the top infectious disease expert in the U.S., will present at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. His recorded remarks, titled, “COVID-19: Public Health and Scientific Challenges,” is a keynote presentation featured on Tuesday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time/11:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

The Association’s annual Scientific Sessions meeting is being held virtually, Friday, November 13 - Tuesday, November 17, 2020. It is a premier global exchange of the latest scientific advancements, research and evidence-based clinical practice updates in cardiovascular science for health care.

Fauci is a well-known immunologist and has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, since 1984. He oversees research to diagnose, prevent and treat infectious diseases and is the lead authority in the U.S. on the current COVID-19 pandemic.

While initially thought to be an infection causing disease of the lungs, inflammation of the vascular system and injury to the heart appear to be common features of this novel coronavirus, occurring in 20% to 30% of hospitalized patients and contributing to 40% of deaths[1]. The risk of death from COVID-19-related heart damage appears to be as or more important than other well-described risk factors for COVID-related mortality, such as age, diabetes mellitus, chronic pulmonary disease or prior history of cardiovascular disease[2][3].

Fauci’s presentation and all content from Scientific Sessions is available to all Meeting attendees. Members of the media must register in advance to attend this or any other Scientific Sessions 2020 presentation.

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[3] Vaduganathan M, Vardeny O, Michel T, McMurray JJV, Pfeffer MA, Solomon SD. Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors in patients with Covid-19. N Engl J Med. 2020;382:1653–1659. doi: 10.1056/NEJMsr2005760 and Monteil V, Kwon H, Prado P, Hagelkrüys A, Wimmer RA, Stahl M, Leopoldi A, Garreta E, Hurtado del Pozo C, Prosper F, et al. Inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 infections in engineered human tissues using clinical-grade soluble human ACE2 [published online April 2020]. Cell. 2020. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.04.004.