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.

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 ...
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | February 16, 2021
February 16, 2021 — Crystal Gutierrez, a young mother who earlier in 2020 fell seriously ill from the effects of COVID-...
The QT Medical PCA 500 12-lead ECG system uses a unique wearable wrap that contains all the leads and eliminated the need to connect separate wire electrodes to the patient. The simplicfication of lead placement enables the system to be used by patients at home.

The QT Medical PCA 500 12-lead ECG system uses a unique wearable wrap that contains all the leads and eliminated the need to connect separate wire electrodes to the patient. The simplicfication of lead placement enables the system to be used by patients at home.

News | ECG | February 16, 2021
February 16, 2021 — QT Medical recently announced the launch of Xpress ECG service, the world’s first 12-lead ECG home...
To help monitor the health of ACC 2021 in-person attendees for signs of COVID infection, the meeting will use BioIntelliSense's wearable BioButton continuous wireless temperature and vital signs monitoring. The wearable monitor is the size of a coin and is disposable.

To help monitor the health of ACC 2021 in-person attendees for signs of COVID infection, the meeting will use BioIntelliSense's wearable BioButton continuous wireless temperature and vital signs monitoring. The wearable monitor is the size of a coin and is disposable.

News | ACC | February 09, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
UPDATE Feb 22, 2021 — ACC Abandons In-person Meeting and Goes Entirely Virtual for 2021 Due to COVID February 9, 2021...
Videos | Cath Lab | February 04, 2021
Cindy Grines, M.D., MSCAI, FACC, president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), and...

The most popular story in the month of January 2021 was on a small study that showed the new iPhone 12 can cause ICDs to stop functioning. COVID-19 content continues to rank among the top stories, including an article on the possible long-term cardiac consequences of COVID-19 infection in COVID long-haulers. 

Feature | February 01, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
February 1, 2021 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
Patients with atrial fibrillation are at far greater risk of a catastrophic COVID outcomes, so steps should be taken to reduce AFib risks in addition to precautions against COVID like making, hand washing and social distancing. Images include an electromap from an AF ablation procedure and a COVID-19 from the CDC. 

Patients with atrial fibrillation are at far greater risk of a catastrophic COVID outcomes, so steps should be taken to reduce AFib risks in addition to precautions against COVID like making, hand washing and social distancing. Images include an electromap from an AF ablation procedure and a COVID-19 from the CDC. 

Feature | Atrial Fibrillation | January 27, 2021 | By John D. Day, M.D., T. Jared Bunch, M.D., and Matthew D. LaPlante
In our most challenging and distressing days, it is nice to think about a post-COVID-19 world.  But while this pandemic...
Cardiologists are taking a closer look at the possible long-term cardiovascular effects on COVID long-hauler patients who still show symptoms long after they should be recovered from the virus. Getty Images

Cardiologists are taking a closer look at the possible long-term cardiovascular effects on COVID long-hauler patients who still show symptoms long after they should be recovered from the virus. Getty Images

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 22, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
With nearly a year of experience with the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus, it has been found that some post-COVID patients...
COVID-19 has had a major impact on cardiology and every week new information comes out on the impact of the virus on the heart. #COVID19

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Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 21, 2021
As of January 2021, in the United States we are now on month 10 of the COVID-19 pandemic. One year ago, we followed...
More complex, longer interventional procedures such as structural heart interventions or this revascularization of a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, requires angiography imaging systems that have improved image detail and lower radiation dose. However, purchase of new systems was put on hold by many hospitals in 2020 due to the sudden drop in elective procedures and diversion of resources due to the COVID-19. Photo by Dave Fornell. Interventional X-ray market.

More complex, longer interventional procedures such as structural heart interventions or this revascularization of a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, requires angiography imaging systems that have improved image detail and lower radiation dose. However, purchase of new systems was put on hold by many hospitals in 2020 due to the sudden drop in elective procedures and diversion of resources due to the COVID-19. Photo by Dave Fornell.

Feature | Angiography | January 19, 2021 | By Bhvita Jani
January 19, 2021 – With the postponement of non-essential elective surgeries and medical procedures in 2020 to conserve...
Clinicians reviewing a COVID-19 patient's lung CT that reveals the severity of COVID-caused pneumonia. The impact of COVID on radiology was a major, over arching trend at  the 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Getty Images #RSNA20 #RSNA2020

Clinicians reviewing a COVID-19 patient's lung CT that reveals the severity of COVID-caused pneumonia. The impact of COVID on radiology was a major, over arching trend at  the 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Getty Images

Feature | RSNA | January 18, 2021 | By Dave Fornell and Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Not surprisingly, many of the key trends observed at the 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting...