‘Parallax’ (/ˈparəlaks/)-noun: the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions. Join Ankur Kalra, MD from Cleveland Clinic as he shows you a different side to cardiovascular care, management and science. Listen to Ankur’s conversations with legendary cardiologists, critical reviews of key congresses and late-breaking trials, and concise summaries of the best US Cardiology Review articles (we call them #AudioArticles!). Published every second Monday of the month, this is your fix of reliable updates on all things cardiology by someone from a non-traditional background, who is always trying to look at it from new angles! Dear cardiologists, we want to make this podcast about you, and for you! Please email us critical thoughts, comments and questions for Ankur at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.uscjournal.com for more.
EP42: Dr Hafiza Khan on Trust, Patient Outreach and Instagram
In one of her many posts on Instagram, we can see Dr Hafiza Khan holding a table summarising her reactogenicity after her second COVID shot. In the frame next to her is her son listing his own reactions.
Ankur’s guest is Dr Hafiza Khan, Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Baylor Scott & White Arrhythmia Management in Dallas. One of only 9 women in her field in Texas, she started to think about her legacy and the ways she can increase her impact and give back to her colleagues and patients as well as future medical students. 18 months ago, she started a microblog with the aim of drawing more women to her specialty and procedure-based medicine. Today she has more than 50.000 followers, many of them aspiring clinicians themselves. Her expertise and personal touch not only make her feed a great educational tool, but also a binge-worthy source at a time when building bridges between the scientific community and the public is key.
In this episode, Ankur asks Hafiza to talk about Instagram and reaching millennial and gen Z audiences, as well as the importance of developing and maintaining trust between different communities at a time of information overload.
Follow her on Instagram @heart.beat.doctor.
Questions and comments can be sent to “email@example.com” and may be answered by Ankur in the next episode. Guest @HafizaKMD, hosted by @AnkurKalraMD. Produced by @RadcliffeCARDIO.
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EP 41: Mallory Abbott on Ebstein’s Anomaly, Self-Care & the Power of Gratitude
Mallory was not prepared when she underwent her first heart surgery in seventh grade: She was hoping to regain her stamina, instead she experienced what she describes as a loss of self. Mallory was born with a rare heart disease called a Ebstein’s anomaly.
In this powerful episode, Mallory Abbott recounts how she learnt to draw strength from her condition: She talks candidly about the realities of going into heart failure at age 25 and the moment when she decided to embrace herself. Ankur asks Mallory about her treatment path and her everyday experiences. They discuss the importance of having a routine and putting self-care first. Mallory shares her thoughts on social media as an asset for patient empowerment.
What does a day look like in Mallory Abbott’s life? How did she reframe her approach to her condition? What is the importance of routine? What is Mallory’s message for anyone living with a health condition?
Questions and comments can be sent to “firstname.lastname@example.org” and may be answered by Ankur in the next episode. Guest @MazzyMystical, hosted by @AnkurKalraMD. Produced by @RadcliffeCARDIO.
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EP 40: Mentorship, Reflection & the Journey of Mandeep R Mehra
Dr Mehra does not frame his experiences as failures or successes; he looks at all events with one question in mind: What can I learn from this?
In this week’s episode Ankur’s guest is Dr Mandeep R Mehra, Medical Director of Brigham Heart and Vascular Center and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr Mehra’s professional journey started in the Sevagaram Ashram in India where medicine and the Gandhian way of life were both instilled in him. His career in the US was prompted by a question posed by a neuroscientist, Sister Elizabeth Burns: “Have you ever thought about the scalability of your impact?” In this reflective and personal conversation Mandeep talks about the choices he made during his career and the people who shaped him. Ankur asks Mandeep about his editorship at the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and Mandeep shares his thoughts on selecting priorities, and the importance of living in the present moment.
How does Dr Mehra think about building opportunities? What were his formative experiences? How does he think about the role of mentorship in medicine? What is Dr Mehra’s message to our listeners?
Questions and comments can be sent to “email@example.com” and may be answered by Ankur in the next episode. Guest @MRMehraMD, hosted by @AnkurKalraMD. Produced by @RadcliffeCARDIO. Brought to you by Edwards: www.edwardstavr.com
EP 39: The year 2020 in review with Sukh Nijjer
In the first Parallax episode of 2021, Ankur welcomed back Sukh Nijjer from Imperial College London to review the most impactful events and advances in cardiology from 2020.
In the first part of the episode, Ankur and Sukh focus on the mechanism of the coronavirus and its effects on the heart including clotting abnormality and troponin elevation. They discuss their clinical experiences and observations within the UK and US settings in light of the latest data. Sukh offers practical tips on how to approach patient management during this pandemic.
Following this, Ankur and Sukh analyse the controversial STRENGHT study in light of the results from REDUCE-IT. They discuss the different attitudes toward early cryoablation therapy in the context of STOP AF and EARLY-AF studies. Sukh reviews the findings of the RHAPSODY Phase 3 trial and the revolution of SGLT2 inhibitors in the treatment of heart failure.
Which COVID19 patients require risk stratification with a stress test? What are the take-home messages for physicians taking care of patients diagnosed with COVID19? What were the key trials of 2020? What can we learn from the negative results of the STRENGHT study? How have studies like STOP-AF influenced clinical practice?
Questions and comments can be sent to “firstname.lastname@example.org” and may be answered by Ankur in the next episode. Guest @SukhNijjer, hosted by @AnkurKalraMD. Produced by @RadcliffeCARDIO.
EP 38: Martin B Leon on CRF, Mentorship and the Lessons of 2020
In the late 1980s, shortly after he left the NIH, Dr Martin B Leon founded the non-profit organisation, Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). At the beginning, CRF had almost no funding or people, but it had a concept of bringing together an academic community to follow the device development cycle from inception to inclusion. Today, CFR is a global entity, and its events are attended by hundreds of physicians/researchers worldwide.
In the Season 2 finale, Ankur Kalra is joined by the legendary Martin B Leon, Professor at Columbia University, director of the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics and chairman emeritus of the CRF.
In this in-depth discussion Dr Leon talks about what he believes is behind the success of CRF and the lessons he learnt from disappointments and mistakes along the way. Dr Leon stresses the importance of collaborations on a global scale. He talks about his plans for the future and the issues that were highlighted by the events of 2020. Ankur asks Dr Leon about his role as a mentor and about the qualities he is looking for in a mentee.
What makes Dr Martin B Leon tick? What is his message to cardiologists and/or researchers at the beginning of their careers? How did the pandemic and his work as a clinician in New York change his perspective?
EP37: Lindsay’s Law: From Ballerina to Health Advocate
This week Parallax welcomed its first non-physician/researcher guest: health advocate Lindsay Davis. Lindsay, ballerina with ambitions to study at Julliard, was experiencing the symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) from her early teens, but she had not been diagnosed until she was 17. Years later, after her agents asked her to hide her heart condition when on film sets, she felt compelled to create a platform where she can share her experience and support others living with HCM.
In this episode Ankur asks Lindsay about her treatment path. Lindsay recalls her own journey to taking control of her condition and the important role of information in patient adherence. Lindsay, former Miss Ohio, talks how she used the pageant to create awareness. Lindsay talks about work in state legislation and her plans for 2021.
What is Lindsay Davis’ advice to other people living with a health condition? What is Lindsay’s message to physicians? How did Lindsay use her experiences to create positive changes in the lives of many?
Hosted by @AnkurKalraMD.
Produced by @RadcliffeCARDIO. Submit your questions to Ankur via: email@example.com.
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This is a great platform bringing great speakers and physician-scientists to talk about their lives and work. Appealing to a very wide audience base. Meaningful questions and thought provoking conversations.
One of my favorite cardiology podcasts
I love this podcast! The best part about it is you don’t have to be a cardiologist, or even a physician to follow & understand it! Dr Karla hits on a plethora of important topics and always keeps it fresh and interesting. His voice is easy to listen to as well!
I especially loved his episode about establishing an academic career. Inspiring to say the least!
Relevant & thought provoking
Highly recommend this podcast. Thoughtful approach to very relevant topics spanning the entire breadth of cardiology. Very well done, great host and guest speakers.