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The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Challenge for the Cardiovascular Health.
https://doi.org/10.2174/1573403X1602200519115447
Current Cardiology Reviews; Crisafulli A, Pagliaro P

May 27th, 2020 - The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Challenge for the Cardiovascular Health.|2020|Crisafulli A,Pagliaro P,|

Screen time for children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.22917
Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.); Nagata JM, Abdel Magid HS et. al.

May 27th, 2020 - The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to laws and policies including national school closures, lockdown or shelter in place laws, and social distancing recommendations that may translate to higher overall screen time among children and adolescents for the duration of these laws and policies. These policies may need to be periodically re-instated to control future COVID-19 recurrences...

The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on the Cardio-Oncology Population.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11912-020-00945-4
Current Oncology Reports; Asokan I, Rabadia SV et. al.

May 27th, 2020 - The novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, COVID-19) is historically one of the most severe acute respiratory syndromes and pandemics to affect the globe in the twenty-first century. Originating in Wuhan, the virus rapidly spread and impacted subsets of populations with initial unclear risk factors contributing to worsening morbidity and mortality. Patients with diagnosis of cancer and undergoing treatm...

Concerns About Delayed, Deferred Acute CV Care Substantiated
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/931321

May 27th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Admissions for primary acute cardiovascular conditions tumbled in the first weeks of the US COVID-19 pandemic and were paralleled by higher in-hospital mortality among those admitted, a multicenter study shows. After examining acute cardiovascular (CV) hospitalizations from January 2019 through ...

COVID-19 Daily: Airborne Transmission, Vaccine Timing Doubt
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/931350

May 27th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Here are the coronavirus stories Medscape's editors around the globe think you need to know about today:  COVID-19 Is Likely Airborne  Evidence is mounting that the virus that causes COVID-19 is transmitted via aerosol transmission, a researcher at the University of California San Diego reports ...

Obesity and COVID-19: Immune and metabolic derangement as a possible link to adverse cl...
https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpendo.00198.2020
American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism; Korakas E, Ikonomidis I et. al.

May 27th, 2020 - Recent reports have shown a strong association between obesity and the severity of COVID-19 infection, even in the absence of other co-morbidities. After infecting the host cells, SARS-CoV-2 may cause a hyper-inflammatory reaction through the excessive release of cytokines, a condition known as "cytokine storm", while inducing lymphopenia and a disrupted immune response. Obesity is associated w...

Scientific and Standardization Committee Communication: Clinical Guidance on the Diagno...
https://doi.org/10.1111/jth.14929
Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis : JTH; Spyropoulos AC, Levy JH et. al.

May 26th, 2020 - The novel coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, as declared by the World Health Organization, is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2). Cardiovascular disease and, in particular, venous thromboembolism (VTE) has emerged as an important consideration in the management of hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The diagnosis of VTE using standardized ob...

COVID-19 and Renin-Angiotensin system inhibition - role of angiotensin converting enzym...
https://doi.org/10.1111/joim.13101
Journal of Internal Medicine; Aleksova A, Ferro F et. al.

May 26th, 2020 - Renin-angiotensin system (RAS) blockers are extensively used worldwide to treat many cardiovascular disorders, where they are effective in reducing both mortality and morbidity. These drugs are known to induce an increased expression of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE2). ACE2 acts as receptor for the novel SARS-Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) which raising the important issue of possible detrim...

High Levels of Air Pollution Linked to Increased MS Risk
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/931169

May 26th, 2020 - Air pollution may be another environmental risk factor for developing multiple sclerosis (MS), new research suggests. A large cohort study of almost 550,000 individuals living in Italy showed that participants living in areas with high levels of pollutants had a significantly greater risk of developing MS than those who lived in areas with low levels of pollutants. Dr Roberto Bergamaschi The fi...

No Evidence for Blanket DNR Orders for US COVID-19 Patients
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/931151

May 26th, 2020 - (Reuters Health) - U.S. hospitals should not be applying blanket 'do not resuscitate' orders for COVID-19 patients on ventilators because there isn't enough data to justify that approach, a new study suggests. Data from China showing poor cardiac arrest survival among critical COVID patients may not be applicable to patients treated in U.S. hospitals, the researchers assert in Circulation: Card...

Tracking COVID-19 Acute, Persisting Effects on the Right Ventricle
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/931228

May 26th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. It may follow that the respiratory distress and myocarditis common in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have an impact on the right ventricle (RV), but the acute effects and whether they create longer-lasting damage is less well understood. A pair of recent reports in JACC: Cardiovascular Imag...

Impact of cardiovascular disease and cardiac injury on in-hospital mortality in patient...
https://doi.org/10.1136/heartjnl-2020-317062
Heart (British Cardiac Society); Li X, Guan B et. al.

May 26th, 2020 - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has produced a significant health burden worldwide, especially in patients with cardiovascular comorbidities. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to assess the impact of underlying cardiovascular comorbidities and acute cardiac injury on in-hospital mortality risk. PubMed, Embase and Web of Science were searched for publications that repor...

Colchicine's effects on metabolic and inflammatory molecules in adults with obesity and...
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41366-020-0598-3
International Journal of Obesity (2005); Demidowich AP, Levine JA et. al.

May 26th, 2020 - Recent clinical trials have demonstrated that colchicine may have metabolic and cardiovascular and benefits in at-risk patients; however, the mechanisms through which colchicine may improve outcomes are still unclear. We sought to examine colchicine's effects on circulating inflammatory and metabolic molecules in adults with obesity and metabolic syndrome (MetS). Blood samples were collected pr...

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its implications for cardiovascular care: exper...
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00392-020-01656-3
Clinical Research in Cardiology : Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society; Böhm M, Frey N et. al.

May 26th, 2020 - Coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) has become a worldwide pandemic affecting people at high risk and particularly at advanced age, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. As cardiovascular patients are at high risk but also have dyspnea and fatigue as leading symptoms, prevention, diagnostics and treatment in these patients are important to provide adequate care for those with or without COVID-...

Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Cardiovascular Complications.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7192093
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia; Ma L, Song K et. al.

May 26th, 2020 - The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has become a global pandemic. It has spread to more than 100 countries, and more than 1 million cases have been confirmed. Although coronavirus causes severe respiratory infections in humans, accumulating data have demonstrated cardiac complications and poor outcome in patients with COVID-19. A large percent of patients have underlying cardiovascular dise...

Predictive symptoms and comorbidities for severe COVID-19 and intensive care unit admis...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7246302
International Journal of Public Health; Jain V, Yuan JM

May 26th, 2020 - COVID-19 has a varied clinical presentation. Elderly patients with comorbidities are more vulnerable to severe disease. This study identifies specific symptoms and comorbidities predicting severe COVID-19 and intensive care unit (ICU) admission. A literature search identified studies indexed in MEDLINE, EMBASE and Global Health before 5th March 2020. Two reviewers independently screened the lit...

Cardiac imaging procedures and the COVID-19 pandemic: recommendations of the European S...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7247913
The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging; Beitzke D, Salgado R et. al.

May 26th, 2020 - The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2019 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic currently constitutes a significant burden on worldwide health care systems, with important implications on many levels, including radiology departments. Given the established fundamental role of cardiovascular imaging in modern healthcare, and the specific value of cardiopulmonary radiology in COVID-19 patients, depar...

A study on infectivity of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rmed.2020.106026
Respiratory Medicine; Gao M, Yang L et. al.

May 26th, 2020 - An ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread around the world. It is debatable whether asymptomatic COVID-19 virus carriers are contagious. We report here a case of the asymptomatic patient and present clinical characteristics of 455 contacts, which aims to study the infectivity of asymptomatic carriers. 455 contacts who were exposed to the asymptomatic COVID-19 virus c...

Novel Coronavirus-Induced Right Ventricular Failure and Point of Care Echocardiography:...
https://doi.org/10.1159/000508527
Cardiology Chen L, Upadhya G et. al.

May 25th, 2020 - Various cardiovascular complications have been reported in patients with coronavirus disease 2019. Common complications include acute myocardial injury, myocarditis, arrhythmia, pericarditis, heart failure, and shock. We present a case of cor pulmonale diagnosed with serial point of care ultrasound. Given the current shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and high infectivity of this v...

Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19...
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31180-6
Lancet (London, England); Mehra MR, Desai SS et. al.

May 25th, 2020 - Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, often in combination with a second-generation macrolide, are being widely used for treatment of COVID-19, despite no conclusive evidence of their benefit. Although generally safe when used for approved indications such as autoimmune disease or malaria, the safety and benefit of these treatment regimens are poorly evaluated in COVID-19. We did a multinational r...