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.

Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 12, 2020
Eric Gantwerker, M.D., vice president and medical director at clinical video game simulator company Level Ex, and...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 10, 2020
Keith Ellis, M.D., is the director of cardiovascular services and the director of the Chest Pain Center at Houston...
The impact of COVID-19 on the heart and cardiovascular system is being evaluated in a new clinic for post-COVID patients to monitor and manage their cardiac recovery.
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 10, 2020
November 10, 2020 — The Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles has established a specialized...
NIH trial, the Outcomes Related to COVID-19 treated with Hydroxychloroquine among Inpatients with symptomatic Disease (ORCHID), showed no difference in deaths between placebo and hydroxychloroquine. Getty Images
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 09, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
November 9, 2020 — A National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of...
The American Heart Association, AHA, late-breaking sessions, trials, studies. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020
Feature | AHA | November 20, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here is a list of the American Heart Association (AHA) late-breaking clinical trial presentations at the 2020 Virtual...
The Abiomed Breethe OXY-1 System has received U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance. 
Feature | ECMO Systems | October 26, 2020
October 26, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance to Abiomed for an all-in-...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | October 20, 2020
Chuck Simonton, M.D., chief medical officer at Abiomed, explains when advanced hemodynamic support in required in COVID...
Effect of COVID-19 on Cardiology Highlighted in Research at ACC Quality Summit. Research examines telehealth, healthcare disparities, as well as impacts on interventional cardiology, patient-centered care.
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | October 14, 2020
October 14, 2020 — American College of Cardiology (ACC) Quality Summit virtual meeting Oct. 8-9, 2020, featured several...
Interventional cardiology and structural heart pioneer Martin Leon, M.D., is the name-sake of the new joint ACC-CRF Center for Cardiovascular Transformation. 

Interventional cardiology and structural heart pioneer Martin Leon, M.D., is the name-sake of the new joint ACC-CRF Center for Cardiovascular Transformation. 

News | TCT | October 14, 2020
October 14, 2020 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) are...
COVID-19 Positive STEMI Patients Have Higher Mortality, First data presented at #TCT2020 on COVID heart attack patients.

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | October 14, 2020
October 14, 2020 – The first outcomes data from the North American COVID-19 ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | October 06, 2020
Ryan Barbaro, M.D., clinical assistant professor, pediatric critical care medicine, University of Michigan, and chair...
The Mesuron Inc. Avalon-H90 uses magnetometers to detect myocarditis in patients without any physical contact. It uses ventricular repolarization dynamics analysis software to look for abnormalities. The vendor said it is more specific than using ECG. It detects the multidimensional dynamics of the electrical activity caused by differences in functions of electrical action potential of normal heart tissues and abnormal ones with hypoxia.

The Mesuron Inc. Avalon-H90 uses magnetometers to detect myocarditis in patients without any physical contact. It uses ventricular repolarization dynamics analysis software to look for abnormalities. The vendor said it is more specific than using ECG. It detects the multidimensional dynamics of the electrical activity caused by differences in functions of electrical action potential of normal heart tissues and abnormal ones with hypoxia. 

News | Cardiac Diagnostics | October 06, 2020
October 6, 2020 — A new technology being developed by U.S.-based Mesuron Inc. using a superconducting quantum...
Very ill COVID-19 patients have a high rate of in-hospital sudden cardiac arrest and a very low survival rate.

Very ill COVID-19 patients have a high rate of in-hospital sudden cardiac arrest and very low survival rates. Getty Images

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | October 02, 2020
October 2, 2020 — Even when a sudden cardiac arrest happens inside a top hospital, where a code blue team is readily...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 29, 2020
Deepika Thacker, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist with Nemours Children’s Health System, Wilmington, Del., helped...

An ECMO procedure at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The FDA cleared the use of ECMO support for COVID-19 patients in April 2020. A new review of patients treated with ECMO showed it had positive outcomes in the most severe COVID-19 patients. Photo by Dave Fornell

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 29, 2020
September 29, 2020 –  Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support saved lives in past epidemics of lung-damaging...