WHO:             The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) in conjunction with M & T Bank host “A Community Conversation about COVID-19  and Heart Disease”

Panelists included Vijay Iyer, MD, PhD, FACC, Cardiologist and Director of Gates Vascular Institute/BGMC; Reverend Kinzer M. Pointer, Pastor-Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, Co-Convener, African American Health Equity Task Force; Marie Cannon, Commissioner of Erie County Department of Social Services. The moderator is Marc J. Natale, Executive Director of the American Heart Association. The webinar will explore topics around COVID-19 and its impact on cardiovascular health, racial and ethnic disparities, as well as our community impact.

WHAT:            The public is encouraged to join the free webinar conversation to hear from an expert panel on the impact of COVID-19 from the physician, local government, and racial and ethnic health disparity perspective. 

WHEN:           Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 1 pm- 2pm

REGISTRATION:    Free Registration

WHY:              Over the past three months, the AHA has discovered that COVID-19 is a cardiovascular disease as cardiovascular patients are more at risk for

serious complications related to COVID-19.  Our mission has become more critical than ever as we fight for the 120 million cardiovascular patients across our country.


The American Heart Association has responded swiftly by providing healthcare workers with ventilator training, investing $2.5 million in lifesaving research, training hospitals and communities in CPR, accelerating the discovery of antiviral drugs, and giving companies resources to keep employees healthy and active. We take seriously our responsibility to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and in this time of social distancing, we all need more ways to connect.



 For Media Request contact: Jackie Mangione, email: Jackie.Mangione@heart.org or call #585.967.7749.

About the American Heart Association


The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org/buffaloFacebookTwitter or by calling #716.243.4603.