An Introduction to COVID-19
On March 11th 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The impact on the medical community has been huge, not only on the front-line but also those navigating patient treatment during this unprecedented situation.
The touchCARDIO expert faculty have been sharing their experiences and advice during this challenging time through video interviews and short articles.
Browse the content below where leading experts discuss the latest data in video interviews and short articles from our conference hub, and browse the selection of peer-reviewed articles from our journal portfolio.
Federico Asch, ACC 2021 – Findings from the WASE COVID study
Federico Asch (MedStar Health Research Institute, Columbia, MD, USA) discusses the findings of the WASE COVID study, presented at ACC 2021. The study compared AI software-based echocardiography analysis with manual expert analysis to predict mortality based on longitudinal strain and LVEF. Abstract title: Human vs Machine Learning-based Echocardiography Analysis as Predictor of Outcomes in Acute […]
Cardiovascular Effects of COVID-19 – What Do We Know and Where Should We Go?
Heart International. 2020;14(1):16–9 DOI: https://doi.org/10.17925/HI.2020.14.1.16
The current pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an unprecedented public health emergency, with worldwide health, social and economic implications. In contrast to other modern epidemics, little prior knowledge of the pathogen existed. Whilst this initially hampered both patient management and the public health response, we have observed a remarkable worldwide attempt to provide […]
Expert interview with Gustavo Samaja: What have cardiologists learned from COVID-19?
touchCARDIOLOGY speaks to Dr Gustavo Samaja (Chief of Interventional Cardiology, Policlinico Bancario Argentina) to find out how the government are managing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Argentina and the effect the pandemic has had on cardiologists, treatment plans and clinical practice. Questions 1. Please summarise the current situation in Argentina and how the […]
96/Impact of COVID-19 on ventricular tachycardia and atrial tachycardia events in patients with transvenous devices
European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology. 2020;6(Suppl. 1):abstr96
Background: Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It has resulted in a significant number of increased hospitalizations and excess deaths worldwide. Though reports regarding myocardial injury/inflammation relating to Covid-19 are known, little is known about larger scale effects of the virus on cardiac arrhythmias. Additionally, it is […]
12/Comparisons of patient management in the COVID era, the patient’s perspective
European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology. 2020;6(Suppl. 1):abstr12
Introduction: Device follow up was routinely performed in person pre-March 2020. When the COVID pandemic caused lockdown in the UK this led to new methods of performing the 4-6-week check: utilising remote monitoring and patients sending wound images. We wanted to investigate the patient’s perspective of this experience: comparing traditional follow up vs remote only […]
11/Device interventions during COVID-19: a tertiary centre strategy for prioritising high-risk patients
European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology. 2020;6(Suppl. 1):abstr11
Background: On the 23rd March 2020 the UK went into lockdown due to COVID-19 with vulnerable patients advised to shield at home. Patients with implantable devices still required battery changes and other interventions during this period, both clinically urgent and routine. A new strategy for identifying those needing urgent procedures was introduced at a tertiary […]
76/Responding to COVID-19: a device clinic perspective
European Journal of Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology. 2020;6(Suppl. 1):abstr76
Introduction: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has presented unparalled challenges to the management of patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED). The need to limit exposure to healthcare staff and patients has increased reliance on remote monitoring (RM). This study summarises the change in workload of a device clinic in a Tertiary centre required to completely […]
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