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

  • ACC and AHA release key data elements and definitions for heart failure
    By Ahmed El-Medany On 23 March, the American College of (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) released the 2021 ACC/AHA Key Data Elements and Definitions for Heart Failure in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. This new document, led by writing committee co-chairs Bozkurt and Hershberger, supersedes the previous 2005 clinical standards, and…
  • People infected with COVID-19 have a higher risk of dying after a cardiac arrest. A report from the Swedish Registry for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    COVID-19 patients who suffer a cardiac arrest either in or out of hospital are far more likely to die than patients who are not infected with the coronavirus.
  • NICE report on the impact cardiovascular disease management
    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today published a report highlighting progress made by the health and care system in implementing NICE guidance on cardiovascular disease (CVD) management. Alongside the report, Prof Simon Ray, President of the British Cardiovascular Society, provides insights on the key findings about our role in improving…
  • Leading cardiovascular organisations call for urgent action to reduce air pollution
    “Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, air pollution was an issue of growing concern due to its impact on people’s health, although it was frequently overlooked as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. COVID-19 has brought a new, deadly factor to the equation, and the time has come for the health community to speak up and…
  • COVID‐19, myocarditis, and the other side of the bed
    Emer Joyce speaks about the impact COVID-19 has had on the clinical landscape of acute cardiac, intensive care and cardiomyopathy/heart failure services including the wide spectrum of newly proposed inflammatory cardiac syndromes, triggered by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2). “If myocarditis is and has always been a chameleon of cardiology, then SARS‐CoV‐2 myocarditis may…