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) | 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...
hort-term hydroxychloroquine treatment is not associated with lethal heart rhythms in patients with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) who are risk assessed prior to receiving the drug. That is the finding of research published today in EP Europace, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). #COVID19 #SARSCoV2 #hydroxychloroquine
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 25, 2020
September 25, 2020 — Short-term hydroxychloroquine treatment is not associated with lethal heart rhythms in patients...
SARS-CoV-2 infection of cells shown in green, left. This is inhibited by a modified form of cholesterol called 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC), as seen in the cells in the right image. 25HC activates an enzyme called ACAT, found inside cells in the endoplasmic reticulum. ACAT then depletes accessible cholesterol on the cell’s membrane. It is a normally occurring process that gets kicked into high gear during some viral infections. Image from UC San Diego Health Sciences.

SARS-CoV-2 infection of cells shown in green, left. This is inhibited by a modified form of cholesterol called 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC), as seen in the cells in the right image. 25HC activates an enzyme called ACAT, found inside cells in the endoplasmic reticulum. ACAT then depletes accessible cholesterol on the cell’s membrane. It is a normally occurring process that gets kicked into high gear during some viral infections. Image from UC San Diego Health Sciences.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 24, 2020
September 24, 2020 — Analyzing anonymized patient medical records, University of California (UC) San Diego Health...
COVID-19 Therapy Drug Azithromycin May Increase Risk for Cardiac Events

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 17, 2020
September 17, 2020 — Debates over whether hydroxychloroquine should be taken to help lessen the duration and impact of...
Naples Community Hospital Director of Cardiac Imaging Bill Shirkey showing a point-of-care echocardiogram of a COVID-19 patient he imaged with a GE Healthcare Vscan device bedside in an isolation room. Use of a small handheld device greatly speeds disinfection after the exam and does not require moving a larger cart-based ultrasound system into a room, which may require moving furniture and add exposure time in the room.

Naples Community Hospital Director of Cardiac Imaging Bill Shirkey showing a point-of-care echocardiogram of a COVID-19 patient he imaged with a GE Healthcare Vscan device bedside in an isolation room. Use of a small handheld device greatly speeds disinfection after the exam and does not require moving a larger cart-based ultrasound system into a room, which may require moving furniture and add exposure time in the room.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 15, 2020
September 15, 2020 — The world is facing a global pandemic with unknown implications, but is now well known COVID-19 (...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 15, 2020
Case is a 6-month-old infant boy admitted to hospital due to respiratory distress then worsened by a pericardial...
Exantham on abdomen and back of a pediatric patient at Nemours Children’s Health System in Delaware who presented with mysterious symptoms in what would later be identified as one of the first cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in the United States.

Exantham on abdomen and back of a pediatric patient at Nemours Children’s Health System in Delaware who presented with mysterious symptoms in what would later be identified as one of the first cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in the United States. Find more images

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 14, 2020
September 14, 2020 – At the height of the COVID-19 (SAR-CoV-2) pandemic in April, a 14-year-old boy was admitted to the...
The NIH is heading three studies looking at various blood thinners and anticoagulants to treat COVID-19 patients with VTE.
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 11, 2020
September 11, 2020 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched two of three adaptive clinical trials...
The BRACE CORONA trial presented at ESC Congress 2020 is the First Randomized Trial Backs Safety of ACE and ARB Heart Drugs in COVID-19 Patients.
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 08, 2020
September 8, 2020 - Heart patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) can safely continue taking angiotensin-...
Examples of pulmonary embolism clots caused by COVID-19 seen on a chest CT. From the journal Radiology

Examples of pulmonary embolism clots caused by COVID-19 seen on a chest CT. From the journal Radiology

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | September 03, 2020
September 3, 2020 — Why so many COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) patients get blood clots (thrombosis) remains uncertain. But...
Videos | TCT | August 01, 2020
With COVID-19 forcing all medical conferences to go virtual in 2020, Juan F. Granada, M.D., CEO of the Cardiovascular...
Boston Scientific recently introduced the newst iteration of LAA occluder device, the Watchman FLX. It uses small spikes to help better anchor the device and prevent embolization.

Boston Scientific recently introduced the newst iteration of LAA occluder device, the Watchman FLX. It uses small spikes to help better anchor the device and prevent embolization. Read more on this FDA approval.

News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | August 21, 2020
August 21, 2020 — According to a report published by Research Dive, the rising number of patients suffering from atrial...
In the era of COVID-19, remote technical assistance has become big deal. GE Healthcare showed its Digital Expert technology at the ASE 2020 virtual meeting, which allows remote one-on-one echo training or ultrasound machine technical assistance. It became an important service for GE since the start of the pandemic. 

In the era of COVID-19, remote technical assistance has become big deal. GE Healthcare showed its Digital Expert technology at the ASE 2020 virtual meeting, which allows remote one-on-one echo training or ultrasound machine technical assistance. It became an important service for GE since the start of the pandemic. 

Feature | ASE | August 19, 2020
August 19, 2020 — From point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) that has been a key technology during the COVID-19 pandemic, to...
The GE Vscan is among several point-of-care ultrasound systems being used to triage and monitor COVID-19 patients. I

The GE Vscan is among several point-of-care ultrasound systems being used to triage and monitor COVID-19 patients. 

Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 17, 2020
COVID-19 is creating a new generation of cardiac patients.  With heart disease already the leading cause of deaths...