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Circulation ; 144(23): e461-e471, 2021 12 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1666518

ABSTRACT

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had worldwide repercussions for health care and research. In spring 2020, most non-COVID-19 research was halted, hindering research across the spectrum from laboratory-based experimental science to clinical research. Through the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021, biomedical research, including cardiovascular science, only gradually restarted, with many restrictions on onsite activities, limited clinical research participation, and the challenges associated with working from home and caregiver responsibilities. Compounding these impediments, much of the global biomedical research infrastructure was redirected toward vaccine testing and deployment. This redirection of supply chains, personnel, and equipment has additionally hampered restoration of normal research activity. Transition to virtual interactions offset some of these limitations but did not adequately replace the need for scientific exchange and collaboration. Here, we outline key steps to reinvigorate biomedical research, including a call for increased support from the National Institutes of Health. We also call on academic institutions, publishers, reviewers, and supervisors to consider the impact of COVID-19 when assessing productivity, recognizing that the pandemic did not affect all equally. We identify trainees and junior investigators, especially those with caregiving roles, as most at risk of being lost from the biomedical workforce and identify steps to reduce the loss of these key investigators. Although the global pandemic highlighted the power of biomedical science to define, treat, and protect against threats to human health, significant investment in the biomedical workforce is required to maintain and promote well-being.


Subject(s)
Biomedical Research/trends , COVID-19 , Cardiology/trends , Research Design/trends , Research Personnel/trends , Advisory Committees , American Heart Association , Biomedical Research/education , Cardiology/education , Diffusion of Innovation , Education, Professional/trends , Forecasting , Humans , Public Opinion , Research Personnel/education , Time Factors , United States
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Can J Cardiol ; 37(8): 1260-1262, 2021 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1252584

ABSTRACT

It is now widely recognized that COVID-19 illness can be associated with significant intermediate and potentially longer-term physical limitations. The term, "long COVID-19" is used to define any patient with persistent symptoms after acute COVID-19 infection (ie, after 4 weeks). It is postulated that cardiac injury might be linked to symptoms that persist after resolution of acute infection, as part of this syndrome. The Canadian Cardiovascular Society Rapid Response Team has generated this document to provide guidance to health care providers on the optimal management of patients with suspected cardiac complications of long COVID-19.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/complications , Cardiology , Hypoxia/therapy , Myocarditis/therapy , Patient Care Management , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/physiopathology , COVID-19/therapy , Canada , Cardiology/methods , Cardiology/trends , Humans , Hypoxia/etiology , Myocardial Ischemia/etiology , Myocardial Ischemia/physiopathology , Myocardial Ischemia/therapy , Myocarditis/etiology , Myocarditis/physiopathology , Myocarditis/virology , Patient Care Management/methods , Patient Care Management/organization & administration , Patient Care Team/organization & administration
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Am J Med ; 134(8): 945-951, 2021 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1179206

ABSTRACT

Before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, use of telehealth services had been limited in cardiovascular care. Potential benefits of telehealth include improved access to care, more efficient care management, reduced costs, the ability to assess patients within their homes while involving key caretakers in medical decisions, maintaining social distance, and increased patient satisfaction. Challenges include changes in payment models, issues with data security and privacy, potential depersonalization of the patient-clinician relationship, limitations in the use of digital health technologies, and the potential impact on disparities, including socioeconomic, gender, and age-related issues and access to technology and broadband. Implementation and expansion of telehealth from a policy and reimbursement practice standpoint are filled with difficult decisions, yet addressing these are critical to the future of health care.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Cardiovascular Diseases , Patient Care , Telemedicine , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , Cardiology/methods , Cardiology/trends , Cardiovascular Diseases/epidemiology , Cardiovascular Diseases/therapy , Humans , Infection Control , Organizational Innovation , Patient Care/economics , Patient Care/methods , Patient Care/trends , SARS-CoV-2 , Telemedicine/methods , Telemedicine/organization & administration
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Circ J ; 85(3): 323-329, 2021 02 25.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1058289

ABSTRACT

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 84thAnnual Meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS) was held in a web-based format for the first time in its history as "The Week for JCS 2020" from Monday, July 27 to Sunday, August 2, 2020. All sessions, including general abstracts, were streamed live or on-demand. The main theme of the meeting was "Change Practice!" and the aim was to organize the latest findings in the field of cardiovascular medicine and discuss how to change practice. The total number of registered attendees was over 16,800, far exceeding our expectations, and many of the sessions were viewed by far more people than at conventional face-to-face scientific meetings. At this conference, the power of online information dissemination was fully demonstrated, and the evolution of online academic meetings will be a direction that cannot be reversed in the future. The meeting was completed with great success, and we express our heartfelt gratitude to all affiliates for their enormous amount of work, cooperation, and support.


Subject(s)
Cardiology/organization & administration , Congresses as Topic/organization & administration , Societies, Scientific/organization & administration , Telecommunications/organization & administration , Cardiology/trends , Cardiovascular Diseases/diagnostic imaging , Cardiovascular Diseases/therapy , Congresses as Topic/statistics & numerical data , Congresses as Topic/trends , Humans , Japan , Research , Surveys and Questionnaires , Telecommunications/statistics & numerical data , Telecommunications/trends
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J Intensive Care Med ; 36(5): 511-523, 2021 May.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1029763

ABSTRACT

Point-of-Care (POC) transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is transforming the management of patients with cirrhosis presenting with septic shock, acute kidney injury, hepatorenal syndrome and acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) by correctly assessing the hemodynamic and volume status at the bedside using combined echocardiography and POC ultrasound (POCUS). When POC TTE is performed by the hepatologist or intensivist in the intensive care unit (ICU), and interpreted remotely by a cardiologist, it can rule out cardiovascular conditions that may be contributing to undifferentiated shock, such as diastolic dysfunction, myocardial infarction, myocarditis, regional wall motion abnormalities and pulmonary embolism. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a delay in seeking medical treatment, reduced invasive interventions and deferment in referrals leading to "collateral damage" in critically ill patients with liver disease. Thus, the use of telemedicine in the ICU (Tele-ICU) has integrated cardiology, intensive care, and hepatology practices across the spectrum of ICU, operating room, and transplant healthcare. Telecardiology tools have improved bedside diagnosis when introduced as part of COVID-19 care by remote supervision and interpretation of POCUS and echocardiographic data. In this review, we present the contemporary approach of using POC echocardiography and offer a practical guide for primary care hepatologists and gastroenterologists for cardiac assessment in critically ill patients with cirrhosis and ACLF. Evidenced based use of Tele-ICU can prevent delay in cardiac diagnosis, optimize safe use of expert resources and ensure timely care in the setting of critically ill cirrhosis, ACLF and liver transplantation in the COVID-19 era.


Subject(s)
Acute-On-Chronic Liver Failure , COVID-19 , Critical Care , Echocardiography/methods , Liver Cirrhosis , Point-of-Care Systems , Remote Consultation , Shock , Acute-On-Chronic Liver Failure/etiology , Acute-On-Chronic Liver Failure/physiopathology , Acute-On-Chronic Liver Failure/therapy , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , Cardiology/trends , Critical Care/methods , Critical Care/organization & administration , Critical Illness/therapy , Delayed Diagnosis/prevention & control , Hemodynamic Monitoring/instrumentation , Hemodynamic Monitoring/methods , Humans , Infection Control , Liver Cirrhosis/complications , Liver Cirrhosis/physiopathology , Liver Cirrhosis/therapy , Organizational Innovation , Remote Consultation/instrumentation , Remote Consultation/methods , Remote Consultation/organization & administration , SARS-CoV-2 , Shock/diagnosis , Shock/etiology , Shock/therapy
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Am Heart J ; 231: 1-5, 2021 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-893408

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic brought about abrupt changes in the way health care is delivered, and the impact of transitioning outpatient clinic visits to telehealth visits on processes of care and outcomes is unclear. METHODS: We evaluated ordering patterns during cardiovascular telehealth clinic visits in the Duke University Health System between March 15 and June 30, 2020 and 30-day outcomes compared with in-person visits in the same time frame in 2020 and in 2019. RESULTS: Within the Duke University Health System, there was a 33.1% decrease in the number of outpatient cardiovascular visits conducted in the first 15 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared with the same time period in 2019. As a proportion of total visits initially booked, 53% of visits were cancelled in 2020 compared to 35% in 2019. However, patients with cancelled visits had similar demographics and comorbidities in 2019 and 2020. Telehealth visits comprised 9.3% of total visits initially booked in 2020, with younger and healthier patients utilizing telehealth compared with those utilizing in-person visits. Compared with in-person visits in 2020, telehealth visits were associated with fewer new (31.6% for telehealth vs 44.6% for in person) or refill (12.9% vs 15.6%, respectively) medication prescriptions, electrocardiograms (4.3% vs 31.4%), laboratory orders (5.9% vs 21.8%), echocardiograms (7.3% vs 98%), and stress tests (4.4% vs 6.6%). When adjusted for age, race, and insurance status, those who had a telehealth visit or cancelled their visit were less likely to have an emergency department or hospital encounter within 30 days compared with those who had in-person visits (adjusted rate ratios (aRR) 0.76 [95% 0.65, 0.89] and aRR 0.71 [95% 0.65, 0.78], respectively). CONCLUSIONS: In response to the perceived risks of routine medical care affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, different phenotypes of patients chose different types of outpatient cardiology care. A better understanding of these differences could help define necessary and appropriate mode of care for cardiology patients.


Subject(s)
Ambulatory Care , COVID-19 , Cardiovascular Diseases , Delivery of Health Care/organization & administration , Infection Control/methods , Telemedicine , Ambulatory Care/methods , Ambulatory Care/organization & administration , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , Cardiology/trends , Cardiovascular Diseases/epidemiology , Cardiovascular Diseases/therapy , Electronic Health Records/statistics & numerical data , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , SARS-CoV-2 , United States/epidemiology
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BMC Cardiovasc Disord ; 20(1): 448, 2020 10 19.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-873939

ABSTRACT

The 2020 annual Congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) was the first ever to be held virtually. Under the spotlight of 'the cutting edge of cardiology', exciting and ground-breaking cardiovascular (CV) science was presented both in basic and clinical research. This commentary summarizes essential updates from ESC 2020-The Digital Experience. Despite the challenges that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has posed on the conduct of clinical trials, the ESC Congress launched the results of major studies bringing innovation to the field of general cardiology, cardiac surgery, heart failure, interventional cardiology, and atrial fibrillation. In addition to three new ESC guidelines updates, the first ESC Guidelines on Sports Cardiology and Exercise in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease were presented. As former ESC president, Professor Casadei undoubtedly pointed out the ESC Congress 2020 was a great success. During the ESC 2020 Congress, BMC Cardiovascular Disorders updated to seven journal sections including Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology, CV Surgery, Coronary Artery Disease, Epidemiology and Digital health, Hypertension and Vascular biology, Primary prevention and CV Risk, and Structural Diseases, Heart Failure, and Congenital Disorders. To conclude, an important take-home message for all CV health care professionals engaged in the COVID-19 pandemic is that we must foresee and be prepared to tackle the dramatic, long-term CV complications of COVID-19 patients.


Subject(s)
Cardiology , Cardiovascular Diseases , Coronavirus Infections , Infection Control/methods , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Telecommunications/organization & administration , Annual Reports as Topic , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Cardiology/methods , Cardiology/standards , Cardiology/trends , Cardiovascular Diseases/classification , Cardiovascular Diseases/epidemiology , Cardiovascular Diseases/therapy , Congresses as Topic , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Europe , Humans , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Practice Guidelines as Topic , SARS-CoV-2 , Societies, Medical
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Curr Atheroscler Rep ; 22(12): 72, 2020 10 03.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-812523

ABSTRACT

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review highlights selected studies related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention that were presented at the 2020 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress-The Digital Experience. RECENT FINDINGS: The studies reviewed include clinical trials on novel RNA interference-based lipid-lowering therapies AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx and vupanorsen (AKCEA-ANGPTL3-LRx); the EVAPORATE trial assessing the effects of icosapent ethyl on coronary plaque volume progression; the LoDoCo2 trial evaluating the efficacy of low-dose colchicine in cardiovascular disease risk reduction among patients with chronic coronary artery disease; as well as the EMPEROR-Reduced trial evaluating cardiovascular and renal outcomes with empagliflozin in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. In addition, we review the BPLTTC analysis on blood pressure treatment across blood pressure levels and CVD status and discuss findings from the BRACE CORONA study that examined continuing versus suspending angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blockers in patients on these antihypertensive medications who were hospitalized with COVID-19 infection. The studies presented at the 2020 digital ESC Congress highlight the continuing advancements in the field of CVD prevention.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus/physiology , Cardiology , Cardiovascular Agents/pharmacology , Cardiovascular Diseases , Coronavirus Infections , Lipid Regulating Agents/pharmacology , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Benzhydryl Compounds/pharmacology , COVID-19 , Cardiology/methods , Cardiology/trends , Cardiovascular Diseases/epidemiology , Cardiovascular Diseases/prevention & control , Clinical Trials as Topic , Congresses as Topic , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Eicosapentaenoic Acid/analogs & derivatives , Eicosapentaenoic Acid/pharmacology , Europe , Glucosides/pharmacology , Humans , Oligonucleotides/pharmacology , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , SARS-CoV-2 , Societies, Medical , Telecommunications
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Pediatr Cardiol ; 41(8): 1813-1818, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-743709

ABSTRACT

In this review, we provide a brief description of recently published articles addressing topics relevant to pediatric cardiologists. Our hope is to provide a summary of the latest articles published recently in other journals in our field. The articles address (1) pulmonary valve repair in patients with tetralogy of Fallot and in patients with congenital pulmonary stenosis which seems to be a promising technique in selected patients, (2) the use of Losartan in patients with Marfan syndrome mostly in addition to beta blockers may result in a lower aortic root dilation rate and better clinical outcomes, (3) a summary of the characteristics of adults with congenital heart disease in the USA showed a wide variation in prevalence, associated morbidities, health care utilization and insurance type in different locations in the USA, (4) a large single center study confirmed that right ventricular morphology is associated with worse outcomes after the Fontan operation and that atrioventricular valve regurgitation is an important predictor of worse outcomes and precedes ventricular dysfunction post Fontan operation, (5) a large study describing the multi system inflammatory syndrome in children temporarily related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA showing that ventricular dysfunction is the most common cardiac manifestation (6) the reality of "limping to transplantation" showing that patients with one or more modifiable risk factors including mechanical ventilation, kidney or liver dysfunction are at significant increase risk post cardiac transplantation.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/therapy , Cardiology , Cardiovascular Diseases , Heart Defects, Congenital , Pediatrics , Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome/therapy , Adult , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/epidemiology , Cardiac Surgical Procedures/adverse effects , Cardiac Surgical Procedures/methods , Cardiology/methods , Cardiology/trends , Cardiovascular Diseases/epidemiology , Cardiovascular Diseases/therapy , Child , Heart Defects, Congenital/classification , Heart Defects, Congenital/surgery , Humans , Pediatrics/methods , Pediatrics/trends
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