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.

The impact of COVID-19 on the healthcare industry.

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 16, 2020
July 16, 2020 – Frost and Sullivan’s recent analysis, Post-Pandemic Global Healthcare Market Outlook, 2020, forecasts...
The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology 2020 Meeting is going Virtual Due to COVID-19. 
News | ASNC | July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020 — The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) 2020 meeting is going virtual due to the COVID-19...
VitalSight is a HIPAA-compliant, Medicare-reimbursable home blood pressure monitoring solution that generally comes at no cost to the patient, depending on their coverage. The kit typically includes a digital blood pressure monitor with cuff, weight scale and digital medication tracker, as well as a data hub.
News | Hypertension | July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020 – Omron Healthcare Inc. and Mount Sinai Health System, New York City’s largest academic medical system,...
Digisonics cardiovascular information system (CVIS) can be used to aid remote image and report access to reduce in-person staff interaction to aid COVID-19 containment efforts.
News | Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) | July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020 – Remote image reading capabilities for cardiology and radiology providers has become increasingly...
The American Heart Association (AHA) has cancelled its in-person annual meeting due to COVID-19 and plans to host a virtual, online meeting instead.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has cancelled its in-person annual meeting due to COVID-19 and plans to host a virtual, online meeting instead.

News | AHA | July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020 – The last major cardiovascular conference to go virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 (SARS-Cov-2)...
Cardiac MRI for four children with clinical diagnosis of acute myocarditis in the setting of COVID-19–related Kawasaki-like symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Cardiac MRI of COVID pediatric COVID-19 patients.

Cardiac MRI for four children with clinical diagnosis of acute myocarditis in the setting of COVID-19–related Kawasaki-like symptoms of MIS-C. The top panel demonstrates minimal pericardial effusion on cine images. The second panel demonstrates increased T2-STIR signal intensity with average ratios between myocardium and muscle > 2 in patient 2 (12-year-old male), patient 3 (11-year-old female) and patient 4 (6-year-old female). The third panel demonstrates abnormal native-T1 mapping, which was > 1,100 ms in patients 2, 3 and 4 and normal in patient 1 (8-year-old female). The bottom panel demonstrates absence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in patients 2 and 3. Myocardial null times were recognized as too short in patient 4 but could not be repeated due to lack of further patient cooperation; however review of Look Locker images and additional sequences revealed no LGE. Image courtesy of RSNA.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 09, 2020
July 8, 2020 — Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been shown to be helpful in evaluating multisystem...
Older Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients May Have Increased Risk of Bradycardia With Lopinavir and Ritonavir.

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Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 09, 2020
July 9, 2020 — Older, critically ill patients with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) who received a combination of the...
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been the target of threats over his suggestions on how to contain the spread of coronavirus in the U.S. Photo by Jonathan Wyett, U.S. Department of State

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been the target of threats over his suggestions on how to contain the spread of coronavirus in the U.S. Photo by Jonathan Wyett, U.S. Department of State

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 07, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
July 7, 2020 — In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials worldwide are working tirelessly to...
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...
DiA’s new AI-based LVivo RV enables rapid assessment of right ventricle dysfunction in COVID-19 patients, while LVivo Bladder supports clinicians with automated bladder volume analysis to minimize scan time and risk of infection
News | Artificial Intelligence | June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020 — DiA Imaging Analysis, a leading provider of advanced AI-based solutions for ultrasound analysis,...
Clive Svendsen, Ph.D., director of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, at work in his laboratory. Photo by Cedars-Sinai.

Clive Svendsen, Ph.D., director of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, at work in his laboratory. Photo by Cedars-Sinai.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020 — A new study shows that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 (coronavirus), can infect heart cells...
BioCardia Announces CardiAMP Heart Failure Pivotal Trial Continues with First Patient Randomized in COVID-19 Era
News | Heart Failure | June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020 —  BioCardia, Inc. announced that the company has resumed cases in the CardiAMP Heart Failure Trial. The...
Signs for "Heroes work here" outside healthcare facilities and even the homes of clinicians have popped up across the country. This photo shows healthcare workers at the Lenox Health emergency room entrance being greeted to cheers and thanks for their essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City at a public thank you event May 21, 2020. #COVID19 #SARScov2 #pandemic #LenoxHill 

Signs for "Heroes work here" outside healthcare facilities and even the homes of clinicians have popped up across the country. This photo shows healthcare workers at the Lenox Hill emergency room entrance being greeted to cheers and thanks for their essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City at a public thank you event May 21, 2020.

Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 22, 2020
Prior to January 2020 when clinicians read about the history of the 1918 flu, and epidemiologists predicted we were...
The FDA has determined chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are not effective at treating novel coronavirus and revoked its earlier emergency use authorization (EUA) for the drugs to be used in COVID-19 patients. FDA says hydroxychloroquine does not work to treat COVID-19.Getty Images #COVID19 #COVID19update #SARSCoV2

The FDA has determined chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are not effective at treating novel coronavirus and revoked its earlier emergency use authorization (EUA) for the drugs to be used in COVID-19 patients. Getty Images 

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 15, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
June 15, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) that...