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-19 disrupted all aspects of science and medicine and unmasked striking disparities and opportunities for transformation. Coronavirus impact this past year is expected to result in a massive rise in new cases of chronic health conditions, including cardiolvascular disease and heart failure.
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 07, 2021
April 6, 2021 — A tsunami of chronic health conditions as a result of the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, especially...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 01, 2021
Behnood Bikdeli M.D., a cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, offers an...
Severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) can potentiate all 3 sides of Virchow’s Triad of coagulopathy, including endothelial dysfunction, blood flow stasis, and hypercoagulability. Angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2)–dependent viral entry and the virus-induced inflammatory response can lead to endothelial dysfunction. Find additional figure in the JACC article.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) can potentiate all 3 sides of Virchow’s Triad of coagulopathy, including endothelial dysfunction, blood flow stasis and hypercoagulability. Angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2)–dependent viral entry and the virus-induced inflammatory response can lead to endothelial dysfunction. Additional figure included in the JACC article.

Feature | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | March 22, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
A comprehensive review or more than 80 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) investigating how to best manage optimal...
MRI scan of a damaged heart. Blue means reduced blood flow, orange is good blood flow. In this figure the inferior part of the heart shows dark blue, so the myocardial blood flow is very reduced. The angiogram shows the coronary artery which supplies the blood to this part of the heart is occluded. The three colored MRI images show different slices of the heart — the basal mid and apical slices. Image courtesy of European Heart Journal #COVID #COVID19

MRI scan of a damaged heart. Blue means reduced blood flow, orange is good blood flow. In this figure the inferior part of the heart shows dark blue, so the myocardial blood flow is very reduced. The angiogram shows the coronary artery which supplies the blood to this part of the heart is occluded. The three colored MRI images show different slices of the heart — the basal mid and apical slices. Image courtesy of European Heart Journal

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 17, 2021
March 17, 2021 — Around 50% of patients who have been hospitalized with severe COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and have damage to...
A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence that the coronavirus can invade and replicate inside heart muscle cells, causing cell death and interfering with heart muscle contraction. The image of engineered heart tissue shows human heart muscle cells (red) infected with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) (green). Image by Lina Greenberg.

A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence that the coronavirus can invade and replicate inside heart muscle cells, causing cell death and interfering with heart muscle contraction. The image of engineered heart tissue shows human heart muscle cells (red) infected with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) (green). Image by Lina Greenberg.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021 — Since early in the pandemic, COVID-19 has been associated with heart problems, including reduced...
Interactions between capillary function, inflammation, hypoxia, and neurotransmission. The expression of ACE2 and other SARS‐CoV‐2 entry factors on parenchymal cells and observations of infected cells in biopsy material hold important clues to understand COVID‐19‐related organ damage. COVID-19 Blood Vessel Damage May Cause Brain Fog and Other Long-hauler Symptoms

Interactions between capillary function, inflammation, hypoxia, and neurotransmission. The expression of ACE2 and other SARS‐CoV‐2 entry factors on parenchymal cells and observations of infected cells in biopsy material hold important clues to understand COVID‐19‐related organ damage. Find more figures and read the full study.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021 — A new review suggests that blood vessel damage and impaired oxygen delivery related to COVID-19 play a...
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY (ACC) Late-breaking clinical trial study presentations at ACC.21. @ACC21 @ACC2021
Feature | ACC | March 08, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The latest cardiology practice-changing scientific breakthrough, late-breaking study presentations have been announced...
The two biggest cardiac device technology stories in February included the Boston Scientific recall of its S-ICD system, and the FDA clearance of the Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy system to break up calcified lesions in the coronary arteries.

The two biggest cardiac device technology stories in February included the Boston Scientific recall of its S-ICD system, and the FDA clearance of the Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy system to break up calcified lesions in the coronary arteries.

Feature | March 01, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
March 1, 2021 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
FDA Clears Third COVID-19 Vaccine From Janssen, Johnson and Johnson, J&J
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 01, 2021
March 1, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third...
The first COVID-19 patient in the world was supported by the new Abiomed Breethe OXY-1 System at Hackensack University Medical Center.

The first COVID-19 patient in the world was supported by the new Abiomed Breethe OXY-1 System at Hackensack University Medical Center.

News | ECMO Systems | February 25, 2021
February 25, 2021 — The first COVID-19 patient in the world was supported by the new Abiomed Breethe OXY-1 System, an...
UK hospU.K. hospital admissions for heart attacks and heart failure were reduced by more than 50 percent in the spring of 2020 and by more than a third in the second wave of COVID-19 as people fear going to hospitals and ignore serious symptoms.ital admissions for heart attacks and heart failure have been reduced by COVID-19 as people fear going to hospitals. Getty Images #COVIDUK #COVID19

U.K. hospital admissions for heart attacks and heart failure were reduced by more than 50 percent in the spring of 2020 and by more than a third in the second wave of COVID-19 as people fear going to hospitals and ignore serious symptoms. Getty Images

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 24, 2021
February 24, 2021 — A study of admissions for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and heart failure (HF) in the U.K....
Vaccinating patients against the flu can go a long way to helping cardiology patients stay healthy and out of the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, freeing up beds for COVID patients. Left photo, Getty Images, right image of COVID-19 virus from the NIH.

Vaccinating patients against the flu can go a long way to helping cardiology patients stay healthy and out of the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, freeing up beds for COVID patients. Left photo, Getty Images, right image of COVID-19 virus from the NIH.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 23, 2021 | By William Schaffner, M.D., and Allen J. Taylor, M.D.
While influenza (flu) is unpredictable, the 2020-2021 influenza season may present an unprecedented dual threat: co-...
ACC Abandons In-person Meeting and Goes Entirely Virtual for 2021 Due to COVID
Feature | ACC | February 22, 2021
February 22, 2021 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) moved its meeting from March to May 2021 in hopes that...
The FDA says scientific evidence does not support COVID (coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2) transmission via food or packaging. Getty Images #COVID #COVID19 #SARSCoV2

The FDA says scientific evidence does not support COVID transmission via food or packaging. Getty Images

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 19, 2021
February 19, 2020 — After more than a year since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a global...
Videos | ECMO Systems | February 16, 2021
An emotional reunion with COVID-19 patient Crystal Gutierrez and the clinicians and cardiologist who saved her life at ...