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.

Videos | FFR Technologies | March 26, 2020
James Udelson, M.D., chief of the division of cardiology, Tufts Medical Center, explains how cardiac computed...
Hydroxychloroquine causes prolonged QT intervals and cardiac arrhythmias, so this needs to be considered in patients being treated with this drug for COVID-19. #COVID19 #SARScov2 #coronavirus

Hydroxychloroquine causes prolonged QT intervals and cardiac arrhythmias, so this needs to be considered in patients being treated with this drug for COVID-19.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 24, 2020 | Marianne Pop, Pharm.D, BCPS
It has been more than three months since the word coronavirus was uttered on everyone’s lips and all over the social...
Medicare, CMS, calls for cancelling or postponing all elective or non-essential medical procedures, test and surgeries due to COVID-19. #COVID19 #SARcov2 #coronavirus #cardiology
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 20, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
March 20, 2020 — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced March 18, 2020, that all elective...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 20, 2020
An interview with Ehtisham Mahmud, M.D., FSCAI, chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, executive director of...
Medicare will pay for telehealth virtual doctor visits during the duration of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
News | Cardiovascular Business | March 17, 2020
March 17, 2020 — The Trump Administration today announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 17, 2020
Interview with Thomas Maddox, M.D., MSc, FACC, the chairman of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Science and...
OTC ECG devices

OTC ECG devices can help detect abnormal heart rhythms in the general population, and this technology will continue to improve.

Feature | ECG | March 11, 2020
Apple created a stir when it announced in 2018 that its Apple Watch Series 4 was the first consumer health and fitness...
ACC issues document outlining COVID-19 Implications For Patients With Underlying Cardiovascular Conditions. The COVID-19 mortality rate for patients cardiovascular disease is 10.5 percent based of data from Chinese hospitals since the outbreak. COVID-19 fatality rates for patients with comorbidities are higher than the average population, but cardiac patients had the highest death rate. #COVID19 #coronavirus #2019nCoV #SARS‐CoV‐2

The COVID-19 mortality rate for patients cardiovascular disease is 10.5 percent based of data from Chinese hospitals since the outbreak. COVID-19 fatality rates for patients with comorbidities are higher than the average population, but cardiac patients had the highest death rate.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 09, 2020
March 9, 2020 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is offering updates on the clinical impact of novel...
With the advent and optimization of nuclear scintigraphy protocols using bone-avid radiotracers, cardiac amyloidosis caused by transthyretin protein (ATTR) can now be diagnosed noninvasively without a costly tissue biopsy. The radiotracer 99mTc-pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) binds to deposited ATTR amyloid fibrils in the myocardium and can be visualized using planar and SPECT imaging. Amyloidosis Patient Registry  #Amyloidosis

With the advent and optimization of nuclear scintigraphy protocols using bone-avid radiotracers, cardiac amyloidosis caused by transthyretin protein (ATTR) can now be diagnosed noninvasively without a tissue biopsy. The radiotracer 99mTc-pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) binds to deposited ATTR amyloid fibrils in the myocardium and can be visualized using planar and SPECT imaging. This is Figure 2, showing how SPECT imaging allows the reader to distinguish between blood pool activity (ventricular cavity, etc) and myocardial activity and identify regional myocardial differences in radiotracer uptake.

News | Cardiac Diagnostics | March 05, 2020
March 5, 2020 — More than 300 patients have joined the Amyloidosis Patient Registry and it is now available to the...
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the FDA clearance of the Micra AV, the world’s smallest pacemaker with atrioventricular (AV) synchrony, topped the news analytics in February 2020 on DAIC magazine. COVID-19 virus image courtesy of CDC.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the FDA clearance of the Micra AV, the world’s smallest pacemaker with atrioventricular (AV) synchrony, topped the news analytics in February 2020 on DAIC magazine. COVID-19 virus image courtesy of CDC.

Feature | March 02, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
March 2, 2020 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
An illustration of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from the CDC. #coronavirus #COVID19 #COVID-2019 #2019nCoV

An illustration of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from the CDC.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 25, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it is working to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus...
Tufts Medical Center created a heart failure team approach to care for its patients. The program includes an interventional heart failure fellowship program, where interventional cardiologists learn more advanced care, as show here with an ECMO procedure being performed in a cath lab at Tufts. The interventional cardiologists learn how to better care for heart failure patients and interface with surgeons, intensivists and others on the HF care team. The operator is Nevin Kapur. Photo by Dave Fornell.

Tufts Medical Center created a heart failure team approach to care for its patients. The program includes an interventional heart failure fellowship program, where interventional cardiologists learn more advanced hemodynamic support methods, as shown here with an ECMO procedure being performed in a cath lab at Tufts. The interventional cardiologists learn how to better care for heart failure patients and interface with surgeons, intensivists and others on the HF care team. Photo by Dave Fornell.

Feature | Heart Failure | February 20, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
There is no, single magic bullet in heart failure (HF) to easily reduce readmission rates or easily reverse this...
A 3-D rendering created from the chest CT scan of a 41-year-old coronavirus patient in China showing ground-glass opacities in several areas of the lungs from the coronavirus pneumonia. This was from one of the first medical imaging studies published on COVID-19 in the journal Radiology. #coronavirus #COVID2019 #COVID19 #2019nCoV #SARS‐CoV‐2

A 3-D rendering created from the chest CT scan of a 41-year-old coronavirus patient in China showing ground-glass opacities in several areas of the lungs from the coronavirus pneumonia. This was from one of the first medical imaging studies published on COVID-19 in the journal Radiology. 

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 20, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
(Article updated May 27, 2020) February 20, 2020 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released a clinical...
Several wearable, less-obtrusive ECG monitors fhave been cleared by the FDA for longer wear. This example is Cardiac Insight’s Cardea SOLO device. 

Several wearable, less-obtrusive ECG monitors have been cleared by the FDA for longer wear. This example is Cardiac Insight’s Cardea SOLO device. 

Feature | ECG | February 19, 2020
When the patients of Michael Boler, M.D. need cardiac monitoring, the Holter monitor is no longer his first choice. “...
Here is an example of Fitbit data showing comparisons of data from Fitbit users by state. Residents in some states that take more steps in a day typically have lower incidences of diabetes, as showing in this population health big data heat map from consumer-grade wearable health tracking devices..

Here is an example of Fitbit data showing comparisons of data from Fitbit users by state. Residents in some states that take more steps in a day typically have lower incidences of diabetes, as shown in this heat map.
 

Feature | Population Health | February 14, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights physical activity as one of four key behaviors people...