Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page contains medical information for clinicians on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19, also called 2019-nCoV, and now clinically SARS‐CoV‐2). This section includes articles that pertain to clinicians and cardiologists on the virus, new technologies being deployed to fight the virus and clinical information from various sources. Here are direct links for medical professionals to COVID-19 resources from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Daily world-wide statistics on the coronavirus outbreak are available from the WHO Situations Reports. Here is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for healthcare providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to the COVID-19.

COVID in cardiology was again a key driver of content pageviews on DAIC in August 2021. Also, a key new technology that cardiologists had a lot of interest in was the release of 3D/4D intra-cardiac echocardiography (ICE) to better guide EP and structural heart procedures without the need for transesophageal echo and its associated need for deep anesthesia. 

COVID in cardiology was again a key driver of content pageviews on DAIC in August 2021. Also, a key new technology that cardiologists had a lot of interest in was the release of 3D/4D intra-cardiac echocardiography (ICE) to better guide EP and structural heart procedures without the need for transesophageal echo and its associated need for deep anesthesia. This was the topic of two articles from Northwestern Medicine and Mayo Clinic in the top content this month.

Feature | September 03, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
September 3, 2021 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC...
#breakingnews The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older. It is the first vaccine to be fully approved by the FDA, and experts say it is expected to open the door for further vaccine mandates.

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 23, 2021
August 23, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-...
The American Heart Association announced its support this week for the CDC and FDA recommendation that immuno-compromised patients should receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccines. Getty Images #AHA #coronavirus #COVID19

The American Heart Association announced its support this week for the CDC and FDA recommendation that immuno-compormised patients should receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccines. Getty Images

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 18, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
August 18, 2021 — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended Friday a third dose of the...
A lone vendor booth in a sea of open space in a corner of the expo floor at HIMSS 2021 this week. A large number of vendors decided to pull out of exhibiting at HIMSS in recent weeks because the host city of Las Vegas saw a major surge of COVID cases over July, reaching a 20.2% positivity rate on the day HIMSS began.  

A lone vendor booth in a sea of open space in a corner of the expo floor at HIMSS 2021 this week. A large number of vendors decided to pull out of exhibiting at HIMSS in recent weeks because the host city of Las Vegas saw a major surge of COVID cases over July, reaching a 20.2% positivity rate on the day HIMSS began.  

Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 13, 2021
The in-person 2021 Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting planned for Aug. 9-13 appeared to...
An example from the study of the Biosense Webster NuVision 3D/4D ICE imaging capability showing the left atrial appendage (LAA) visualization on 3D ICE. The system allows the user to place a false lighting source to be placed in different positions to change the lighting and shadows to better visualize the anatomy.

An example from the study of the Biosense Webster NuVision 3D/4D ICE imaging capability showing the left atrial appendage (LAA) visualization on 3D ICE. The system allows the user to place a false lighting source to be placed in different positions to change the lighting and shadows to better visualize the anatomy. 

News | EP Lab | August 05, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
August 5, 2021 —  A prospective, non-randomized, multicenter, first-in-human clinical study found good diagnostic and...
In an effort to contain COVID-19 and the new rapid spread of the delta virus across the U.S., a coalition of 10 cardiovascular societies issued a statement of support for healthcare systems requiring COVID-19 vaccines for its employees. ACC, HRS, ASNC, SCMR, SCCT, ASE, HFSA, STS, SCAI.

In an effort to contain COVID-19 and the new rapid spread of the delta virus across the U.S., a coalition of 10 cardiovascular societies issued a statement of support for healthcare systems requiring COVID-19 vaccines for its employees. 

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 30, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
July 30, 2021 — A coalition of 10 U.S.-based cardiovascular societies have issued a statement today in support of all...
AHA president says COVID has a direct impact on the heart and preventive measures for heart disease largely went out the window during the pandemic

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021 — Heart disease and stroke continue to kill more people in the U.S. than any other cause, despite, and...
A new study with data from more than 10,000 COVID patients confirmed that patients taking statin medications had a 41 percent lower risk of in-hospital death from COVID-19.

A new study with data from more than 10,000 COVID patients confirmed that patients taking statin medications had a 41 percent lower risk of in-hospital death from COVID-19. Researchers believe statins, which attach to the ACE2 receptors, may block the virus from attaching to these same receptors. 

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 21, 2021
July 21, 2021 — In a new study from University of California San Diego School of Medicine, researchers have confirmed...
New trial results from the international RAPID Trial show that administering a full dose of a standard blood thinner early to moderately ill hospitalized patients with COVID-19 could halt the thrombo-inflammation process and reduce the risk of severe disease and death. How to anticoagulate COVID patients. How to prevent thrombus in COVID patients.

New trial results from the international RAPID Trial show that administering a full dose of a standard blood thinner early to moderately ill hospitalized patients with COVID-19 could halt the thrombo-inflammation process and reduce the risk of severe disease and death. Getty Images
 

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021 — COVID-19 is marked by heightened inflammation and abnormal clotting in the blood vessels, particularly...
Diluting of a blood sample for real-time deformability cytometry testing. Researchers at the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin in Erlangen. Germany, were able to show for the first time COVID-19 significantly changes the size and stiffness of red and white blood cells, sometimes over months. From the study How a COVID-19 Infection Changes Blood Cells in the Long Run. Reasons for long COVID.

Diluting of a blood sample for real-time deformability cytometry testing. Researchers at the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin in Erlangen. Germany, were able to show for the first time COVID-19 significantly changes the size and stiffness of red and white blood cells, sometimes over months.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021 — Using real-time deformability cytometry, researchers at the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin...
An example of a strain echo from the study showing reduced peak longitudinal/reservoir left atrial strain in a COVID-19 patient who developed atrial fibrillation during admission. Average left atrial strain here is 20% (normal should be above 38%).

An example of a strain echo from the study showing reduced peak longitudinal/reservoir left atrial strain in a COVID-19 patient who developed atrial fibrillation during admission. Average left atrial strain here is 20% (normal should be above 38%). Read the study.

News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 14, 2021
July 13, 2021 — Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have shown that speckle-tracking strain echocardiograms may...
Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 01, 2021
Federico Asch, M.D., FASE, director of cardiovascular core labs, cardiovascular imaging, MedStar Health Research...
Echocardiography Related COVID-19 Research Presented at ASE 2021

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News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 29, 2021
June 29, 2021 – A new original science category being featured at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2021...
Researchers analyzing surveillance data on 518 children and adolescents with MIS-C who were admitted to U.S. hospitals in 2020 fopiund those treated with intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) plus glucocorticoids had a lower risk of new or persistent cardiovascular dysfunction than IVIG alone. Left photo Getty Images, right photo Nemours Children’s Health System.

Researchers analyzing surveillance data on 518 children and adolescents with MIS-C who were admitted to U.S. hospitals in 2020 fopiund those treated with intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) plus glucocorticoids had a lower risk of new or persistent cardiovascular dysfunction than IVIG alone. Left photo Getty Images, right photo Nemours Children’s Health System.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 28, 2021
June 28, 2021 - A recent analysis found that children and adolescents with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced June 25 it has added a warning on the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine fact sheets to explain they may cause myocarditis in rare cases as a side effect. The agency said the side effect is very rare and patients generally recover quickly, but it can disportionally affect younger patients in their teens and early 20s. Getty Images

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 28, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
June 28, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced June 25 it has added a warning on the Moderna and...