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.

A nurse checking an ECMO system being used to support a critically ill COVID-19 patient at Banner Health in Phoenix. ECMO can offer both hemodynamic support and oxygenation for COVID patients who otherwise cannot get enough pulmonary support from ventilators, or are in danger of organ failure.

A nurse checking an ECMO system being used to support a critically ill COVID-19 patient at Banner Health in Phoenix. ECMO can offer both hemodynamic support and oxygenation for COVID patients who otherwise cannot get enough pulmonary support from ventilators, or are in danger of organ failure.

News | ECMO Systems | May 04, 2021
May 4, 2021 – A new study, presented today at the 2021 American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) 101st annual...
One third of patients will die who have COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and suffer a ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to the latest, comprehensive data from The North American COVID-19 Myocardial Infarction (NACMI) Registry. The data was presented as a late-breaking study at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2021 Scientific Sessions. The study showed there was an alarming one-in-three patients dying with STEMI and COVID, compared to 4-in-100 #SCAI2021

The key slide from the SCAI 2021 NACMI late-breaking presentation showing the very high adverse rates for COVID STEMI heart attack patients (red) as compared to pre-pandemic STEMI patient controls (green).

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 03, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
May 3, 2021 – One third of patients will die who have COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and suffer a ST-elevated myocardial...
There are far fewer patients coming to hospitals with heart attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to averages prior to the pandemic. This has raised concerns that delayed treatment will cause an uptick in cardiac deaths and heart failure. Photo from Getty Images 

There are far fewer patients coming to hospitals with heart attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to averages prior to the pandemic. This has raised concerns that delayed treatment will cause an uptick in cardiac deaths and heart failure. Photo from Getty Images 

News | Cath Lab | April 28, 2021
April 28, 2021 – Results from a retrospective observational study, presented today at Society for Cardiovascular...
News | April 20, 2021
April 20, 2021 – The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) announced the first publication of outcomes from the...
CDC and FDA Call for Pause on Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Due to Rare Blood Clots #COVID19 #Janssen
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 13, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
(This story was updated May 7, 2021 in the last subheaded section) April 13, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug...
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. Clotting Prevention in COVID-19 Patients, Thrombosis Prevention in COVID-19 Patients, Preventing blood clots in COVID-19 patients

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 | May 18, 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...