Tag: COVID-19

Tenfold risk of arrhythmias in intensive care COVID-19 patients

Patients with COVID-19 who were admitted to an intensive care unit were 10 times more likely than other hospitalised COVID-19 patients to suffer cardiac...

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,...

EP societies provide roadmap for restoration of arrhythmia services

A joint document has been issued by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the American College of Cardiology (ACC)...

Optical mapping used to assess effect of hydroxychloroquine on heart rhythm

Researchers have used an optical mapping system to observe how the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which has been touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19,...

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...

Cardiologists plot “return to normal” as COVID-19 restrictions ease

As electrophysiologists worldwide begin the process of restarting elective procedures put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cardiology departments are braced for a...

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...

Heart Rhythm Congress moves to virtual event for 2020

The 2020 edition of the Heart Rhythm Congress (HRC 2020), which had been scheduled to take place 27–30 September in Birmingham, UK, has been...

Lancet study finds no benefit in use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

A study into the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, published in The Lancet, has failed to find a benefit in hospital-outcomes from the use...

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

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

The evolution of cardiac care in the wake of COVID-19

David E Albert, founder and chief medical officer of AliveCor, considers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the  monitoring and of management 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: 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: 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: 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...

VitalConnect granted Emergency Use Authorisation for cardiac monitoring in COVID-19 patients

VitalConnect has been granted Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) status by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of the response to the...

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...

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 Technologies collaboration

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...

FDA advises close screening of COVID-19 patients receiving hydroxychloroquine

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Drug Safety Communication regarding known side effects of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, including serious and...

Mobile telemetry can aid QTc monitoring of COVID-19 patients

The use of mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry (MCOT) can help monitor COVID-19 patients taking hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, while reducing potential exposure to the virus...

Heart Rhythm Society provides further advice for using hydroxychloroquine to treat...

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) COVID-19 Rapid Response Task Force has updated its guidance on QTc monitoring in COVID-19 patients. In the revised guidance,...

AI study launched to monitor cardiac safety of COVID-19 patients receiving...

  Cardiologs has announced the launch of a clinical study using the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) solution to remotely monitor the cardiac safety of COVID-19...

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

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...
Medtronic

Medtronic provides ventilator progress update

Medtronic has announced updates regarding its efforts to increase ventilator production around the globe. The company is announcing progress in the ramp-up of its...
Medtronic

Medtronic shares ventilation design specifications to accelerate efforts to increase global...

Medtronic has announced it is publicly sharing the design specifications for the Puritan Bennett 560 (PB 560) to enable participants across industries to evaluate...

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: 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...
CMSS

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 IL-6 levels associated with poor prognosis in COVID-19

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),...

HRS, ACC, and AHA publish guidance for electrophysiology during pandemic

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), The American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the American Heart Association (AHA) have released a joint document dealing with...

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...

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,...
Raised troponin and IL-6 levels associated with poor prognosis in COVID-19

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...

KardiaMobile 6L can be used to measure QT duration in COVID-19...

AliveCor has announced that its KardiaMobile 6L is now allowed for use in the measurement of a patient’s QTc and detection of potentially dangerous...

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...