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.

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...
COVID-19 has a big impact on the heart, and patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease have at least a 10 percent higher risk of death and severe complications due to the virus. The virus also can cause myocarditis, blood clotting, and impact the cardiovascular system due to severe, hyperactive inflammatory responses.  Left, a cardiac CT scan 3-D rendering. right, the COVID-19 virus from a National Institutes of Health (NIH) photo.

COVID-19 has a big impact on the heart, and patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease have at least a 10 percent higher risk of death and severe complications due to the virus. The virus also can cause myocarditis, blood clotting, and impact the cardiovascular system due to severe, hyperactive inflammatory responses.  Left, a cardiac CT scan 3-D rendering. right, the COVID-19 virus from a National Institutes of Health (NIH) photo.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 17, 2020
August 17, 2020 - The number of people coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is rising with more cases in the U.S. There...
A panel discussion with some of the key opinion leaders at the recent SCCT 2020 virtual meeting. Note the questions on the left side of the screen, where attendees were able to interact with the speakers. #SCCT2020 #yesCCT

A panel discussion with some of the key opinion leaders at the recent SCCT 2020 virtual meeting. Note the questions on the left side of the screen, where attendees were able to interact with the speakers.

News | Cardiovascular Education | August 14, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
All medical conferences moved to a virtual meeting format due to COVID-19 this year, and there has been apprehension...
Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 11, 2020
Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, MSCCT, explains some of the discussion on CT used for COVID-19 patients at the Society...
Part of a CDC inforgraphic on MIS-C based on reports from U.S. cases March-May 2020.[2] The full inforgraphic can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/infographic-mis-c.html #COVID19

Part of a CDC inforgraphic on MIS-C based on reports from U.S. cases March-May 2020.[2] The full inforgraphic can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/infographic-mis-c.html

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 07, 2020
August 7, 2020 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced research funding to encourage the development of...
Abiomed Impella is now authorized to treat critical ICU COVID-19 patients on ECMO who develop pulmonary edema or need cardiac decompensation from myocarditis. #COVID19 #SARScov2 #Impella

Abiomed Impella is now authorized to treat critical ICU COVID-19 patients on ECMO who develop pulmonary edema or need cardiac decompensation from myocarditis.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 05, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
August 5, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) this week for...
Left, a 3-D rendering of a heart from a cardiac CT exam. Right, a lung-CT exam showing the heart and ground glass lesions in the lungs of a COVID-19 patient. CT has become a front-line imaging modality in the COVID era because it offers both cardiac and lung information to help determine a patients disposition with chest pain, COVID-19 and COVID-caused myocarditis and pulmonary embolism.

Left, a 3-D rendering of a heart from a cardiac CT exam. Right, a lung-CT exam showing the heart and ground glass lesions in the lungs of a COVID-19 patient. CT has become a front-line imaging modality in the COVID era because it offers both cardiac and lung information to help determine a patients disposition with chest pain, COVID-19 and COVID-caused myocarditis and pulmonary embolism.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 28, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
July 28, 2020 — The use of cardiovascular computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is one of the areas that has seen a...
Videos | EP Lab | July 28, 2020
Devi G. Nair, M.D., FHRS, director of cardiac electrophysiology, St. Bernards Heart and Vascular Center, Jonesboro, Ark...
Figure B — Top panel, neutrophils noted in collections within small vessels (blue arrow), plump endothelial cells (yellow arrowhead) and a single perivascular dying myocyte (blue arrowhead). Bottom panel, single myocyte undergoing degeneration (blue arrowhead) and plump endothelial cell (yellow arrowhead). Figure C — Electron microscopy, showing particles of SARS-CoV-2 virus present within a cardiac endothelial cell (blue arrowheads), but not present in neighboring cardiac myocyte. #COVID19

Figure B — Top panel, neutrophils noted in collections within small vessels (blue arrow), plump endothelial cells (yellow arrowhead) and a single perivascular dying myocyte (blue arrowhead). Bottom panel, single myocyte undergoing degeneration (blue arrowhead) and plump endothelial cell (yellow arrowhead). Figure C — Electron microscopy, showing particles of SARS-CoV-2 virus present within a cardiac endothelial cell (blue arrowheads), but not present in neighboring cardiac myocyte (left side of image). Images from Circulation.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 23, 2020
July 23, 2020 - A series of autopsies conducted by Louisiana State University (LSU) Health New Orleans pathologists...
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...