Cardiac rehabilitation in the time of COVID19

by:Abraham Samuel Babu Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is an integral part of cardiovascular care. Yet, it is one of the most underutilised evidence based intervention across the world.1 With uptake to CR varying greatly around the world, the novel 2019 coronavirus (COVID19), has been no help to this. Nevertheless, this has brought the entire CR communityContinue reading “Cardiac rehabilitation in the time of COVID19”

Heart failure and COVID-19: A dynamic and changing interaction

by:Eduardo Chuquiure-Valenzuela In several COVID-19 cases, acute myocarditis results in focal or global myocardial inflammation, necrosis1. Clinically presents ventricular dysfunction and tachyarrhythmias2-3. Also, may influence in cardiac contractile worsening with a severe impact on Heart Failure (HF). It is postulated that Heart Failure  risk is mediated by a decrease in myocardial oxygen supply caused byContinue reading “Heart failure and COVID-19: A dynamic and changing interaction”

Virtual health and COVID-19: Is this the future of cardiovascular disease care delivery?

by:Lilian Mbau With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, virtual health is being embraced more than ever (1). This is especially so for cardiovascular disease (CVD) care because patients with underlying conditions such as CVD or associated risk factors have an increased risk of dying from COVID-19 infection (2). In addition, virtual health provides an option forContinue reading “Virtual health and COVID-19: Is this the future of cardiovascular disease care delivery?”

The indirect consequences of COVID-19

by:Alice M. Jackson The direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is easily measured, with many countries reporting the daily number of hospitalisations and fatalities attributed to the disease. Excess deaths (deaths within the total death toll above those that would have been expected if the crisis had not occurred) represent both the direct and theContinue reading “The indirect consequences of COVID-19”

Ethnicity, cardiovascular disease and COVID-19 in the UK

by:Alice M. Jackson Soon after the first death of a UK health care worker linked to COVID-19 was reported at the end of March, an alarming trend quickly appeared – the majority of those dying on the front line were from an ethnic minority. To date, just under two-thirds have been from a Black, AsianContinue reading “Ethnicity, cardiovascular disease and COVID-19 in the UK”

Do hypertension patients have high risk for COVID-19 ?

by:Eduardo Chuquiure-Valenzuela Recent studies about COVID-19 patients have reported that hypertension is associated with higher in-hospital complications and mortality. Also, worse results in angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) were hypothesized.  There was uncertainty about initial clinical studies solidity. Most of cardiologic societies around the world, advise to continue ACEI andContinue reading “Do hypertension patients have high risk for COVID-19 ?”

EMPTY HOSPITALS: ARE WE CREATING A TICKING TIME BOMB FOR CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PATIENTS

by:Lilian Mbau A lot has been discussed about the interaction between coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) and Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) with more focus on the effect of COVID-19 on patients with CVDs as well as the cardiovascular (CV) complications resulting from COVID-19 infection. Patients with underlying conditions such as CVD or associated risk factors haveContinue reading “EMPTY HOSPITALS: ARE WE CREATING A TICKING TIME BOMB FOR CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PATIENTS”

Table of Contents

Can the fear of COVID-19 lead to harmful delays in seeking care for cardiovascular emergencies? by: Darryl Leong Should cardiovascular disease comorbidity scare you during the COVID-19 season?by: Jeemon Panniyammakal Prevalence and impact of cardiovascular metabolic diseases on COVID-19 in Chinaby: Lucrecia M. Burgos The link between smoking and COVID 19; should we wait for more evidenceContinue reading “Table of Contents”

COVID-19 and critical care admissions in the UK: using routine data during a pandemic.

by:Alice M Jackson The Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) collates, reports and audits data for all National Health Service adult critical care admissions in the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Since the beginning of March 2020, 245 critical care units across the UK have submitted data on 6720 patients admitted withContinue reading “COVID-19 and critical care admissions in the UK: using routine data during a pandemic.”

Multimorbidity and COVID 19: A catastrophic combination

by:Jeemon Panniyammakal Multimorbidity is the existence of multiple long-term mental, physical, and cognitive disorders in one patient. These could include diabetes, hypertension, lung diseases, heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure, mental health conditions, and liver problems or other chronic conditions. Multimorbid conditions often share common disease causes and consequences. The disease pattern, progression and trajectories inContinue reading “Multimorbidity and COVID 19: A catastrophic combination”