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Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients

Worry that ‘all hands’ responses may expose doctors and nurses to infection prompts debate about prioritizing the survival of the many over the one Hospitals on the front lines of the pandemic are engaged in a heated private debate over a calculation few have encountered in their lifetimes — how to weigh the “save at all costs” approach to… Read More

Study shows key factors for reducing brain damage from cardiac arrest

Osaka University-led research finds predictors of better response to extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR), which can improve blood flow OSAKA, JAPAN -- People who suffer cardiac arrest usually have low likelihood of survival, especially if it happens out of the hospital. Those who do survive can have neurological damage due to the… Read More

New FDA guidance allows use of KardiaMobile 6L to measure QTc in COVID-19 patients

World’s only FDA-cleared six-lead personal ECG will be used by healthcare professionals to monitor QT duration in patients receiving medications that can cause potentially life-threatening QT prolongation. MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- AliveCor, the leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-based, personal ECG technology, and provider of enterprise… Read More

Interim guidance to reduce COVID-19 transmission during resuscitation care

American Heart Association urges specific precautions when caring for patients DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, has released interim guidance for resuscitation care intended specifically for patients with known or suspected COVID-19. This guidance is… Read More

What heart patients should know about coronavirus

The coronavirus should have everyone's attention by now, health experts say. And people with heart disease have extra reasons to be alert. COVID-19, which was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, has sickened more than 200,000 people and killed thousands around the globe.  In the United States, "it's not so much a question… Read More

Patients taking ACE-i and ARBs who contract COVID-19 should continue treatment, unless otherwise advised by their physician

DALLAS, TX – As the global impact of COVID-19 rises, the scientific community continues to evaluate the clinical impact and health care needs of patients with cardiovascular disease, who are at increased risk for serious complications with COVID-19. Together, the American Heart Association (AHA), the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) and the… Read More

The American Heart Association outlines its integral role in the global COVID-19 pandemic

DALLAS, TX – The American Heart Association and its thousands of science volunteers are poised and ready to provide urgent support to ensure optimal care for patients with cardiovascular disease who contract COVID-19 (coronavirus), according to a new article on the American Heart Association President Page, published today in the American Heart… Read More

Magnetic component in e-cigarettes found to interfere with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator function

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- An e-cigarette carried in the left breast shirt pocket of a patient with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) caused magnetic reversion, interrupting the ICD's ability to detect and treat dangerous heart rhythm problems, clinicians report in HeartRhythm Case Reports, published by Elsevier. The patient was not aware… Read More

Clinical analysis of video recorded CPR cases improves resuscitation outcomes in emergency department

Drs. Becker, Rolston lead cardiac arrest survival study Less than eight percent of people who suffer from cardiac arrest outside of the hospital survive the incident, according to the American Heart Association. To improve survivorship and better administer life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), researchers and physicians at The … Read More

ACC issues COVID-19 clinical guidance for the CV care team

A letter from Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, ACC President As we all work together on the front lines to best serve our patients and lead COVID-19 response planning for our institutions, I want to share with you the updated ACC Clinical Bulletin providing COVID-19 Clinical Guidance For the Cardiovascular Care Team. This resource provides an… Read More