Tag: COVID-19

Chinese study suggests STEMI patients had increased mortality risk during COVID-19...

The risk of in-hospital death and in-hospital heart failure increased for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients in China during the early stages of the...

Half of COVID-19 patients receiving echocardiograms show heart abnormalities

Around half of COVID-19 patients who received an echocardiogram in-hospital showed abnormalities in heart function, according to a prospective international survey funded by the...

Proximo Medical and Coala Life announce partnership for US markets

Proximo Medical has announced a partnership with digital health company Coala Life in select US markets. According to a press release from Proximo Medical,...

IC fellows’ training has been affected by pandemic

Trainee interventional cardiologists have raised concerns that reductions in patient numbers undergoing cardiac catheterisation procedures during the pandemic is impeding their professional development.  Sabeeda Kadavath...

British Heart Foundation calls for urgent resumption of routine services for...

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on the Government and the NHS to urgently address the immediate needs of heart and circulatory patients...

Vinod Thourani

Mitral and tricuspid valve technologies, aortic valve replacement, and the value of the heart team are among the issues that Vinod Thourani (Marcus Valve...

ACC launches summer COVID-19 education series

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is to host a weekly virtual meeting— the Summer COVID-19 Education Series—to provide the healthcare community with actionable...

Cardiovascular News Issue 57—June 2020: US edition

COVID-19 linked to a near 40% drop in STEMI cases in US cath labs Survey provides insights into how to tackle COVID-19 elective...

Cardiovascular News Issue 57—June 2020

COVID-19 linked to a near 40% drop in STEMI cases in US cath labs Survey provides insights into how to tackle COVID-19 elective...

COVID-19: TCT becomes latest conference to go virtual

The annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting has become the latest in a long line of conferences this year that has had to convert...

COVID-19 is “here to stay” and new registry will provide important...

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and the Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology (CAIC) have launched a new registry—NACMI (North American COVID-19...

COVID-19: NHS staff show signs of mild depression

According to a survey published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, NHS staff working during the pandemic are showing signs of mild...

COVID-19: “Communities of colour are at ground zero for this crisis”

Several studies have suggested that, across all countries, COVID-19 mortality is higher in people of colour. Keith C Ferdinand (Tulane University School of Medicine,...

SCAI 2020: Telemedicine could be used offer remote guidance to STEMI...

A novel, groundbreaking trial has examined the viability of telemedicine for remote guidance of a population-based ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) programme reaching more...

COVID-19: NCDR Chest Pain-MI, CathPCI registries to review effect of virus...

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is start to collecting COVID-19 data through the NCDR Chest Pain-MI and CathPCI registries with the aim of...

FDA approves update to cardiac imaging system to aid COVID-19 diagnostics

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expedited clearance of an update to software from Caption Health, a medical artificial intelligence (AI) company,...

COVID-19: Heart Valve Voice US raises concerns about lack of patient...

According to a statement, Heart Valve Voice US is “deeply concerned” that the patient perspective was omitted from the recent guidance on resuming cardiovascular...

COVID-19: Mayo Clinic works with Ultromics to rapidly assess patients with...

A joint UK-US research team is applying an artificial intelligence (AI) system to map for the first time how the COVID-19 virus attacks the...

Positive preclinical results supporting investigational new drug application for anti-inflammatory cell...

BioCardia has announced data from a recent animal study performed that, according to a press release, demonstrate meaningful improvements in heart function for patients...

COVID-19: Anticoagulants may improve survival among hospitalised COVID patients

Corresponding author Valentin Fuster (Mount Sinai Heart, New York, USA) and colleagues report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that hospitalised...

COVID-19: Survey suggests increased operating days may be required to clear...

  A BIBA MedTech Insights survey indicates that 50% of centres performing structural heart procedures believe that they will need to increase the number of...

COVID-19: Education in the time of coronavirus

Vishal Luther (final year cardiology registrar/ Electrophysiology fellow, Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust, London NW Thames Deanery, UK) and his colleague Balrik Kailey (cardiology...

COVID-19: ESC Congress 2020 to become a completely virtual event

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is, for the first time in its 70-year history, to hold its annual meeting (ESC Congress) 100% online....

COVID-19: Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography to host virtual meeting

The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) has announced plans to hold its annual scientific meeting in a virtual format. The in-person meeting, which...

COVID-19: North American societies provide advice on resuming cardiovascular procedures

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and other North American cardiology societies, including the Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology (CAIC), have issued guidance on...

COVID-19: PCR officially cancel EuroPCR 2020

PCR has issued a statement announcing that it is officially cancelling the 2020 physical EuroPCR congress, which was due to take place in two...

COVID-19: We have used YouTube to encourage STEMI patients to come...

Recent studies have suggested that during the pandemic, there has been a drop in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) cases. This has led to...

COVID-19: Calls for physicians to address domestic violence during social distancing

Prism Schneider (Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada) and others write in a commentary in the Canadian Medical Association Journal—because of...

Abiomed acquires novel ECMO developer Breethe

Abiomed (maker of the Impella heart pump) has acquired Breethe, developer of a novel extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) system. A press release reports that...

COVID-19: CMS outlines recommendations for restarting non-emergent procedures

On 18 March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended “limiting non-essential care and expanding surge capacity into ambulatory surgical centres and...

iRhythm offers home enrolment of Zio monitoring devices

iRhythm Technologies has announced a virtual platform to support patients and clinicians in the wake of COVID-19 by offering home enrolment for the company’s...

Boston Scientific reveals CE mark for Acurate neo 2 in Q1...

Boston Scientific, according to a press release announcing the company’s Q1 2020 financial results, has received the CE mark for its Acurate neo2 aortic...

COVID-19: SCAI and CAIC launch registry to provide vital data for...

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology (CAIC) have formed the North American COVID-19 ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial...

COVID-19: LivaNova can modify indications of its cardiopulmonary products to help...

LivaNova has announced that several of its cardiopulmonary products are can now be used in the USA for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for...

COVID-19: US societies release joint consensus statement on treating myocardial infarction...

In the Journal of American College of Cardiology, Ehtisham Mahmud (University of California, San Diego, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, La Jolla, USA) and others outline,...

COVID-19: Ventilator manufacturers unite to training alliance and create app for...

A press release reports that several of the world’s ventilator manufacturers have formed a Ventilator Training Alliance (VTA) and partnered with Allego to create...

COVID-19: Terumo BCT’s Mirasol shows efficacy against virus in plasma and...

New data suggest that a medical device that uses vitamin B2 and ultraviolet light for treating human blood products is effective against the virus...

COVID-19: Robotics may help to reduce exposure to virus patients during...

Studies have shown that robotic percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with the CorPath GRX System (Corindus, now part of Siemens Healthineers)—compared with manual PCI—reduces radiation...

COVID-19: Testing for high-sensitivity cardiac troponin would be beneficial not a...

In response to a recent American College of Cardiology (ACC) review that advocated that troponin should only be measured when a diagnosis of acute...

COVID-19: “Essential” vs. “non-essential” TAVI procedures can be difficult to determine

In the first of a series of webinars focusing on COVID-19, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) president Ehtisham Mahmud (Cardiovascular Medicine, University...

COVID-19: How the Egyptian cardiology departments are managing the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the world hard. Egypt, the most populous country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, is no...

COVID-19: FDA authorise blood purification device for treating virus

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorisation for a blood purification system (Spectra Optia Apheresis System, Terumo BCT) combined...
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COVID-19: Nearly 40% drop in STEMI cases in US cath labs...

Santiago Garcia (Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, USA) and colleagues report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that...

COVID-19: American Heart Association issue pandemic CPR guidelines

The American Heart Association (AHA) has compiled interim CPR guidelines to help rescuers treat cardiac arrest patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The guidelines...

COVID-19: Cotton and surgical masks may be ineffective at stopping spread...

In a brief report in Annals of Internal Medicine, Seongman Bae (Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea) and colleagues report that neither surgical...

COVID-19: Optimising heart failure management in the patient’s home

Physicians recognised the importance of remote management for heart failure patients long before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the current situation has heightened the urgency...

COVID-19: Both ACC and ESC urge patients to seek help if...

In separate statements, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) are calling for patients to still seek immediate medical...

US heart societies express concern over using hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for...

Presidents of leading cardiac organisations, including the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), have...

Philips and the US government collaborate in ventilator production ramp up...

Royal Philips has announced that the US government and Philips agreed to team up to increase the production of hospital ventilators in its manufacturing...

Webinar: Cardiovascular specialists detail COVID-19 strategies

Cardiovascular specialists from across the globe shared current knowledge and key experience of managing COVID-19 patients as part of a webinar organised by the...

AHA issues oxygenation and ventilation guidance for healthcare providers

The American Heart Association (AHA), in conjunction with the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is offering guidance...

Decreased ACE2 levels found in ageing and cardiovascular disease can increase...

The reduced levels of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) 2 associated with cardiovascular disease and increasing age lead to a higher susceptibility to greater disease...

COVID-19: Edwards pauses enrolment in mitral and tricuspid trials to allow...

Edwards Lifesciences has temporarily paused new enrolments in its active pivotal clinical trials of its transcatheter mitral and tricuspid therapies in response to ongoing...

COVID-19: European Commission agrees to postpone new MDR because of pandemic

The European Commission (EC) has adopted a proposal to postpone by one year the date of application of the new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), which...

PPE guidance for cardiology during COVID-19 pandemic operating in a “vacuum”...

Simon Ray, president of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS), has told the COVID-19 Cardiovascular Conference that a lack of consistency in national guidance around...
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CMSS “strongly urges action” to ensure all frontline healthcare professionals are...

In a new statement published on 2 April 2020, all 45 societies represented by the US Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)—over 800,000 physicians—emphatically...

Raised troponin and interleukin-6 levels are associated with a poor prognosis...

A raised troponin level in myocardial injury “greatly alters the prognosis adversely” in COVID-19 patients, Graham Cole (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK)...

Italy, USA and the UK share their cardiology COVID-19 experiences in...

The COVID-19 Cardiovascular Conference, hosted as a live webinar by The Imperial College Network of Excellence in Vascular Science at Imperial College (London, UK),...

Cardiologists share COVID-19 insights

Cardiologists from across Europe have shared their experience of having treated COVID-19 patients, in a series of videos produced by the European Society of...

ACS defends healthcare workers as PPE shortages lead to acrimony

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today leapt to the defense of healthcare workers who are heading to work in the face of increasing...

Live webinar on Thursday 2 April to share COVID-19 cardiovascular experience

The Imperial College Network of Excellence in Vascular Science at Imperial College London (UK) is to run a COVID-19 Cardiovascular Conference as a live...

Virtual ACC: Genotype-guided therapy after PCI does not hit study target

Today, during the Virtual American College of Cardiology (ACC) event (28–30 March, Central Time), Naveen L Pereira (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA) told the online...

COVID-19: European Commission looking to postpone new MDR by one year

During a Q&A section of a European Commission (EC) college meeting on 25 March, EC spokesperson Stefan de Keersmaecker stated that the commission were looking to...

Adapt clinical studies to alleviate effect of pandemic

A viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has offered potential solutions to modifying ongoing randomised clinical trials during the COVID-19...

Cardiac injury in COVID-19 patients linked with higher death rate

Cardiac injury is common among hospitalised patients with COVID-19, and is associated with a higher risk of in-hospital mortality, a study from Wuhan, China,...

CDRH adjusts working practices with medical device companies to deal with...

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has written to the medical device industry to outline its...

AHA commits US$2.5 million for fast-tracked COVID-19 heart and brain research

The American Heart Association (AHA) has committed US$2.5 million to research efforts to better understand the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and its interaction with the...

BCIS and BCS ratify NHS guidance for cardiology during COVID-19 pandemic

The British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) and the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) have endorsed guidance published by NHS England and NHS Improvement on the...

SCAI launches web section devoted to COVID-19 updates and cancels Scientific...

The Society for Cardiology and Angiography Interventions (SCAI) has set up a dedicated section on its website to keep interventional cardiologists up to date...

One-third of critically ill COVID-19 patients in Washington State series developed...

A case series of US experience with COVID-19 has upheld suggestions of a link with cardiomyopathy, which developed in 33% of intensive care patients. In...

FDA issues new policy on remote monitoring devices for use during...

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an immediately-in-effect guidance that allows manufacturers of certain FDA-cleared non-invasive, vital-sign-measuring devices to expand their...

First report gives insight on impact of COVID-19 in heart transplant...

The first report on the impact of COVID-19 on heart transplant recipients has been published in The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, outlining...

SCAI issues advice for cath labs in light of COVID-19 pandemic

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) has written an open letter to members detailing options for managing patients in the cath lab...