Medical societies issue ‘urgent letter’ on racial violence

A trio of medical societies issued an urgent letter to denounce the racism and violence unfolding in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody.

The letter, dated May 30 (five days after Floyd was killed in Minneapolis), was issued by the Association of Black Cardiologists and its cardiovascular partners, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Signed by the presidents of all three societies, Dr. Michelle Albert (ABC), Dr. Robert Harrington (AHA) and Dr. Athena Poppas (ACC), the letter highlighted that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for communities of color, and that societies are disturbed by the “violent acts that cut to the core of the lives of our community.”

The letter highlighted Floyd’s death, along with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Ga., the death of emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor in her Louisville, Ky., home at the hands of police, …

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