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 American College of Cardiology (ACC) released a list of the latest practice-changing presentations at the ACC.20 annual meeting March 28-30, 2020, in Chicago. This includes five late-breaking clinical trial (LBCT) sessions and three featured clinical research sessions. There also are two LBCT deep-dive sessions where the experts will break down the hottest trials and attendees can find out what the impact might be on the practice of cardiology and patients.
Feature | ACC | April 09, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here is the list of American College of Cardiology (ACC) practice-changing late-breaking study presentations at the ACC...
Cardiologists who have experience with COVID-19 patients in New York City say a low threshold should be used to assess patients for cardiogenic shock in the setting of acute systolic heart failure related to COVID-19. If inotropic support fails in these patients, researchers suggest use of an IABP (intra-aortic balloon pump) as the first line mechanical circulatory support device, because it requires the least maintenance from medical support staff. #coronavirus #COVID19 #SARScov2

Cardiologists who have experience with COVID-19 patients in New York City say a low threshold should be used to assess patients for cardiogenic shock in the setting of acute systolic heart failure related to COVID-19. If inotropic support fails in these patients, researchers suggest use of an IABP (intra-aortic balloon pump) as the first line mechanical circulatory support device, because it requires the least maintenance from medical support staff.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 08, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
April 8, 2020 — Research to help increase awareness of the cardiovascular manifestations of COVID-19 disease and the...
CDC image of the novel coronavirus (COVID-10) SCAI and CAIC have created a registry to investigate the cardiovascular impact of the virus. #COVID19 #coronavirus #SARScov2

A CDC image of the novel coronavirus (COVID-10) SCAI and CAIC have created a registry to investigate the cardiovascular impact of the virus. 

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 03, 2020
April 3, 2020 — The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and the Canadian Association of...
An example of a coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) exam. The CIAO study looked at patients who have a problem of blood flow limitation and chest pain symptoms in the absence of a 50 percent or more artery narrowing, known as ischemia with no obstructive CAD, or INOCA.

An example of a coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) exam. The CIAO study looked at patients who have a problem of blood flow limitation and chest pain symptoms in the absence of a 50 percent or more artery narrowing, known as ischemia with no obstructive CAD, or INOCA.

News | Cardiac Imaging | April 03, 2020
April 3, 2020 — Patients who experience chest pain and have abnormal results on a cardiac stress test but who do not...
Find more news from ACC 2020.Women carry heavier burden of chest pain, but less artery narrowing according to data in a substudy of the ISCHEMIA Trial. #ACC20 #ACC2020 #ISCHEMIA

Women carry heavier burden of chest pain, but less artery narrowing, according to data in a substudy from the ISCHEMIA Trial. 
 

News | Womens Cardiovascular Health | March 28, 2020
March 28, 2020 — Women with coronary artery disease that reduces blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle (ischemia)...
Naveen Pereira, M.D., co-principal investigator of the TAILOR-PCI study, explaining the conclusions of the late-breaking trial data during the virtual ACC20 meeting. #ACC20 #ACC2020

Naveen Pereira, M.D., co-principal investigator of the TAILOR-PCI study, explaining the conclusions of the late-breaking trial data during the virtual ACC20 meeting. 

News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | March 28, 2020
March 28, 2020 — The TAILOR-PCI trial that used genetic testing to guide which antiplatelet medication was given to...
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...