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Risk Factors for COVID-19: Type II Diabetes, High BMI

2021 06 Apr

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, researchers have found associations between certain lifestyle factors and a person's risk of getting infected. While it has already been established that those with Type II diabetes and a high body mass index (BMI) are at greater risk of experiencing hospitalisations and other severe complications related to COVID-19,... Read more

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Texas Ends COVID-19 Lockdown

2021 04 Mar

Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, celebrated Texas Independence Day on March 2 by announcing the end of COVID-19 lockdown. The Governor has officially declared that statewide COVID-19 restrictions will end in Texas effective March 10 . All businesses - restaurants, cinemas, bars, bowling alleys, etc., will no longer have to follow occupancy limits... Read more

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The Vaccination Nightmare: Delay, Skip, One-Dose, Two-Dose ..... !

2021 02 Mar

People across the world heaved a sigh of relief when the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved. But, as is human nature, happy news is typically followed by debate, controversy, ifs and buts and what-nots. The COVID-19 vaccine is no different. As the distribution of Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines began across the world, so did the debate... Read more

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Two-Thirds COVID-19 Hospitalisations Due to Four Conditions

2021 02 Mar

Findings from a new study show that a majority of adult COVID-19 hospitalisations are attributable to one of four pre-existing conditions. These include obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart failure, in that order. The study is published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers used a mathematical simulation to estimate... Read more

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2021: Year of the Health and Care Workers

2021 11 Feb

The year 2021 has been declared the International Year of Health and Care Workers (YHCW). This is in appreciation of the commitment and dedication of all healthcare workers around the globe as they continue to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.   The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a year-long campaign. The theme of this campaign... Read more

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest More Often Fatal in People with COVID-19

2021 08 Feb

Findings from a new survey published in the European Heart Journal show that sudden cardiac arrest is more often fatal in people with COVID-19. These results should be a wake-up call for the public as well as care providers.  The survey covered 3026 cases of sudden cardiac arrest reported to the Swedish Registry for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation... Read more

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Interconnection of Obesity, Metabolic Health and COVID-19

2021 25 Jan

According to new findings, obesity and cardiometabolic diseases not only trigger a more severe course of COVID-19, but the infection itself could promote the development of these conditions.  In a new article, authors from the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) highlight the interconnection of obesity and impaired metabolic health with the... Read more

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Keep that Stethoscope!

2021 20 Jan

The COVID-19 outbreak has made it necessary for doctors to ensure the safety of staff during airway management of patients. However, recently a paper was published that suggested less use of the stethoscope and more ultrasound.  This viewpoint could mislead doctors to abandon their stethoscopes for several reasons. First, many doctors were infected... Read more

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COVID-19 and Higher Mortality in Acute Heart Failure Patients

2021 20 Jan

Patients with acute heart failure nearly double their risk of dying if they get COVID-19, according to new research published in ESC Heart Failure .  These findings highlight the need for patients with heart failure to take extra precautions to avoid catching COVID-19. According to lead investigator, Dr. Amardeep Dastidar, a consultant interventional... Read more

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COVID-19: Do No Harm or Do Maximal Good?

2020 12 Oct

The "Do no harm" rule is encoded in the Hippocratic oath taken by physicians when they graduate. But this rule has taken on a whole different meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these times, the maximisation principle has proven to be the foundation of healthcare decisions, where actions are taken based on benefits to the greatest number of people.... Read more

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Influenza Vaccination to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in COVID-19 Patients

2020 12 Oct

According to a state-of-the-art review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, seasonal influenza vaccine development and the findings of three international influenza cardiovascular outcomes trials that are currently underway could provide more information regarding the development and effectiveness of vaccine strategies for... Read more

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World Heart Day 2020 - Use Heart to Beat Cardiovascular Disease

2020 28 Sep

On World Heart Day this year (29 September), the World Heart Federation (WHF) cautions heart patients to be aware of COVID-19 and its impact on the heart. According to the WHF, COVID-19 is creating a perfect storm for heart health. Three factors are contributing to this: 1. People with COVID-19 and heart disease are at the highest risk of death... Read more

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COVID-19 Induced Heart Damage May Improve With Time

2020 18 Sep

Some patients infected with COVID-19 suffer from lung and heart damage. Some of these patients require admission to the ICU with support from mechanical ventilation and the use of inotropic medications. Even after discharge, some of these patients remain symptomatic. However, findings from a new study show that even though some patients with COVID... Read more

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COVID-19 and Increase in OHCA

2020 18 Sep

COVID-19 has a wide range of presentations including asymptomatic to various intensity of symptomatic patients, some of whom develop acute respiratory distress syndrome and require mechanical ventilation. COVID-19 first hit in December 2019 in China. Outside of China, Northern Italy was also sufficiently impacted by it, leading to a high number of... Read more

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#ESCCongress: BRACE CORONA Trial and Safety of Heart Drugs

2020 01 Sep

Heart patients hospitalised with COVID-19 can safely continue taking angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), according to the BRACE CORONA trial presented in a Hot Line session today at ESC Congress 2020. ACE inhibitors and ARBs are commonly taken by heart patients to reduce blood pressure and to... Read more

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Ageing Heart Cells Increase Susceptibility of Older Patients to Severe COVID-19

2020 20 Aug

Genes that play an important role in allowing SARS-CoV-2 to invade heart cells become more active with age, according to research published today in the  Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology . The findings could help explain why age is major risk factor for dying from COVID-19, with people over 70 years at greatest risk, and why the disease... Read more

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The Cardiac Risk of Fearing COVID-19

2020 30 Jul

Coronavirus disease has caused havoc around the world. There are more than 300 clinical trials underway for this illness, but so far, no specific therapies have demonstrated the ability to decrease mortality. Since there is no therapeutic cure for COVID-19, authorities across the globe have implemented aggressive mitigation strategies to stop the spread... Read more

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Sharp Decline in Heart Transplants During COVID-19

2020 30 Jul

The number of heart transplants in the United States declined sharply during the beginning of the pandemic, even in areas of the country with few COVID-19 cases at the time, according to an analysis by researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The study found that the number of heart transplants performed nationwide dropped 26%... Read more

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Lopinavir, Ritonavir Cause Bradycardia in Older COVID-19 Patients

2020 20 Jul

Older, critically ill patients with COVID-19 who received a combination of the antiretroviral medications lopinavir and ritonavir experienced bradycardia, a  slow heart rate, more often, according to new research published  in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, an American Heart Association journal. The combination of antiretroviral... Read more

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Strokes Associated With COVID-19 More Severe

2020 20 Jul

According to new research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, acute ischaemic strokes (AIS) associated with COVID-19 are more severe, lead to worse functional outcomes and are associated with higher mortality.  In “ Characteristics and Outcomes in Patients with COVID-19 and Acute Ischemic Stroke: The Global COVID-19... Read more