The latest updates from the UK and globally on COVID-19 with relevance to cardiology.

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Incidence and Management of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Patients Presenting with Acute Myocardial Infarction
    Abstract Authors: Muhammad Rashid, Chris P Gale, Nick Curzen, Peter Ludman, Mark De Belder, Adam Timmis, Mohamed O Mohamed, Thomas F Lüscher, Julian Hains, Jianhua Wu, Ahmad Shoaib, Evangelos Kontopantelis, Chris Roebuck, Tom Denwood, John Deanfield, and Mamas A Mamas This abstract in the Journal of the American Heart Association covers recent studies on the higher rates of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA), particularly in older women from an…
  • Cancellation of Cardiac Procedures During COVID-19
    BCS Statement The COVID-19 pandemic has placed immense pressure on the national health service, with frontline hospital services re-organised to handle the surge in cases. This re-organisation has had a wider impact on non-emergency procedures. The British Cardiovascular Society has issued a statement highlighting the (intended or unintended) implications of cancelling cardiac procedures and sets…
  • COVID-19: Disentangling Ethnicity and Cardiovascular Risk
    BCS Editorial By Ashwin Ajay and Ahmed Adlan Pneumonia of unknown cause began spreading in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, which led to the discovery of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS CoV-2) as the underlying cause.1 SARS CoV-2 virus causes the disease named COVID-19, which has drastically impacted the world in an unprecedented manner.…
  • COVID-19: Significant drop in ACS admissions
    News Article The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a decline in patients admitted with acute coronary syndromes, a report in the Lancet finds. Reduced admissions with acute coronary syndromes on an unprecedented scale, were reported by a very distinguished group of authors this week in the Lancet. This national data collection exercise demonstrated a 23% reduction in…
  • COVID-19 and Digital Health: From Bed-Side Manner To Web-Side Manner
    BCS Editorial By Amir Aziz The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive global impact like no other. The pressure for healthcare services to deliver has been immense. With limited resources, innovative solutions are required to ensure optimal care is given to our patients. The pandemic has brought into focus the use of technology in healthcare…