Cardiac Diagnostics

This channel includes news, videos, podcasts and other content on new technology innovations for cardiac diagnostic systems and techniques. This includes laboratory testing, blood tests including troponin testing, electrocardiogram (ECG) systems, point of care testing systems, genetic testing, cardiac patient monitoring devices including wearable sensors, and studies showing new ways to diagnose heart diseases.

The Linq II implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) system delivers improved device longevity compared to other ICMs and enhanced accuracy to correctly detect abnormal heart rhythms, simplifying the diagnosis and monitoring of patients. The new devices allows continuous cardiac monitoring for up to 4.5 years.

The Linq II implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) system delivers improved device longevity compared to other ICMs and enhanced accuracy to correctly detect abnormal heart rhythms, simplifying the diagnosis and monitoring of patients. The new devices allows continuous cardiac monitoring for up to 4.5 years.

News | Implantable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) | July 07, 2020
July 7, 2020 – Medtronic announced it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and European CE mark...
Thoracic findings in a 15-year-old girl with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). (a) Chest radiograph on admission shows mild perihilar bronchial wall cuffing. (b) Chest radiograph on the third day of admission demonstrates extensive airspace opacification with a mid and lower zone predominance. (c, d) Contrast-enhanced axial CT chest of the thorax at day 3 shows areas of ground-glass opacification (GGO) and dense airspace consolidation with air bronchograms. (c) This conformed to a mosai

Thoracic findings in a 15-year-old girl with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). (a) Chest radiograph on admission shows mild perihilar bronchial wall cuffing. (b) Chest radiograph on the third day of admission demonstrates extensive airspace opacification with a mid and lower zone predominance. (c, d) Contrast-enhanced axial CT chest of the thorax at day 3 shows areas of ground-glass opacification (GGO) and dense airspace consolidation with air bronchograms. (c) This conformed to a mosaic pattern with a bronchocentric distribution to the GGO (white arrow, d) involving both central and peripheral lung parenchyma with pleural effusions (black small arrow, d). image courtesy of Radiological Society of North America

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 30, 2020
In recent weeks, a multisystem hyperinflammatory condition has emerged in children in association with prior exposure...
First ICM device with remote programming paired with dual-stage arrhythmia detection algorithm
News | Implantable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) | June 29, 2020
June 29, 2020 — Boston Scientific received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the LUX-Dx ...
Bystanders using a Philips HeartStart AED for a patient in sudden cardiac arrest.

Bystanders using a Philips HeartStart AED for a patient in sudden cardiac arrest.

News | Defibrillator Monitors | June 23, 2020
June 23, 2020 — Philips announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted premarket approval (PMA) for...
A PCR genetic test nasal swab being taken from a patient to test if they are infected with COVID-19. While used as the primary test to diagnose coronavirus, up to 20 percent of patients will test negative even eight days after infection. Getty Images

A PCR genetic test nasal swab being taken from a patient to test if they are infected with COVID-19. While used as the primary test to diagnose coronavirus, up to 20 percent of patients will test negative even eight days after infection. Getty Images

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 10, 2020
June 10, 2020 — In a new study, Johns Hopkins researchers found that testing people for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) too early...
Russian interventional cardiologist Alexey Pankov in full personal protective equipment (PPE) for a cath lab procedure in Moscow during the COVID-19 era. Right, an image of the COVID-19 virus from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Russian interventional cardiologist Alexey Pankov in full personal protective equipment (PPE) for a cath lab procedure in Moscow during the COVID-19 era. Right, an image of the COVID-19 virus from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Novel coronavirus has turned out to have a sizable amount of cardiovascular involvement.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 05, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
It was originally thought novel coronavirus (COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2) was primarily a respiratory disorder, but as larger...
Societies Issue Guide to Safely Resume Cardiovascular Procedures, Diagnostic Tests. #COVID19 #SARScov2
Feature | Cardiovascular Business | June 03, 2020
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) together with other North American cardiovascular societies issued a framework...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 28, 2020
Interview with Andrew D. Krahn, M.D.,FHRS, head of the division of cardiology at St. Paul’s Hospital, and professor of...
HRS study finds Frequent Coffee Consumption Lowers Chance of Arrhythmias. #HRS #HRS20 Heartrhythm20
News | EP Lab | May 28, 2020
May 28, 2020 – A recent study revealed that drinking a couple of cups of coffee per day does not lead to a greater risk...
Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute Uses Abbott's ID Now COVID-19 Rapid Test to Screen EP Patients. The center compared conventional PCR testing to the rapid test and found it was very accurate. #COVID19 #SARScov2
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 28, 2020
May 28, 2020 — As hospitals begin reopening to elective exams and procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they need to...
WHO Database Shows Serious Health Impact of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin Being Used to Treat COVID-19. #COVID19 #SARScov2 #Hydroxychloroquine
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020 — Two of the front-line drugs being used to treat COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) patients are hydroxychloroquine...
Rash on the skin of a child who has COVID-19 related multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). Image copyright Damien Bonnet, M.D., Ph.D., courtesy of the American Heart Association. Coronavirus is linked with this Kawasaki-like inflammatory disease in children.

Rash on the skin of a child who has COVID-19 related multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). The image is from  Damien Bonnet, M.D., Ph.D., Necker Hospital-Université, Paris, who was involved in a Circulation study published on MIS-C May 14. Image copyright Damien Bonnet, courtesy of the American Heart Association.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 20, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
A new, serious COVID-19 cardiovascular presentation emerged in late April and early May 2020 in the form of pediatric...
PREDICT-AF trial showed first time there is extensive extracellular matrix remodeling. #HRS2020 #Heartrhythm2020. Marilyn Fornell
News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 — Structural changes of the atrium may occur long before the onset of atrial fibrillation (AF), and the...
Results of the Atrial Fibrosis Predicts Recurrent Stroke Or New Atrial Fibrillation In Patients With Embolic Stroke Of Undetermined Source - A Multi-Center Study at HRS 2020. #HRS2020 #Heartrhythm2020,
News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 — Atrial disease has been implicated in embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS) and a late-breaking...
A list of all the abnormalities the AI model classifies. This illustration only shows three representative leads (DII, V1 and V6).Fig. This is Figure 1 from the Nature Communications article.

A list of all the abnormalities the AI model classifies. This illustration only shows three representative leads (DII, V1 and V6).Fig. This is Figure 1 from the Nature Communications article.

News | Artificial Intelligence | May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 — Artificial intelligence (AI) may be an aid to interpreting ECG results, helping healthcare staff to...