Worse cardiometabolic health, more social determinants increase odds for severe COVID-19

Worse cardiometabolic health increases the risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes

Adults with a higher cardiometabolic disease staging score who also experience social determinants of health have increased risks for severe COVID-19 outcomes, according to study findings published in Obesity. In a retrospective analysis of patient electronic medical record data, researchers found prediction models that factored in cardiometabolic health history from the 3 years before COVID-19 […]

Broken Heart Syndrome

It may sound like the result of a breakup or extreme sadness, but broken heart syndrome – also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy – is a condition that can occur in response to many stressful life events. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, as many face loneliness, depression, worry, and overall stress […]

The Cardiometabolic Challenge: Navigating a Syndemic 

The overlap of the COVID-19 pandemic with persistently rising rates of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other cardiometabolic health conditions has drastically exacerbated the virus death toll. The prevalence of chronic and infectious disease alongside large-scale public health failures have contributed to the adverse outcomes of the unprecedented health crisis, resulting in what The Lancet’s medical journal […]

Heart Health Month: Cardiac Dysfunction in Children with COVID-19

With significant reported morbidity in adult patients and lesser impact on children, the COVID-19 virus continues to present a clinical challenge as its pathophysiology and presentation vary greatly. Cardiac dysfunction has been observed in adult cases of infection while the majority of pediatric patients have experienced minimal or mild symptoms. A range of cardiovascular complications […]

How the Burden of Chronic Diseases and COVID-19 Create a Syndemic Environment 

The emergence and overlap of the novel coronavirus with a continued global rise in chronic diseases – including persistently high rates of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease – as well as those driven by deteriorating environmental conditions have drastically exacerbated the COVID-19 death toll. While we are currently living in the midst of an unprecedented global […]

The Impact of Obesity on Pediatric COVID-19 Illness

Lockdowns imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have had negative health implications for populations of all ages across the globe, resulting in an increase in cardiometabolic risk factors and decrease in mental health. Recent research points to the detrimental effect of the global pandemic on pediatric health, impacting dietary and sleep patterns as well as […]

The Silent Sub-Epidemic: The Rising Population of Patients Forgoing Needed Medical Care

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak taking over hospitals across the country and globe, elective procedures postponed, and non-emergency visits cancelled, many hospital units and healthcare facilities have been entirely transformed into specialized COVID-19 units. Many others, however, have retained most of their previous operational capacities yet are faced with a lack of incoming non-coronavirus […]

Implementing Telehealth into Your Cardiology Practice

In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak many medical practices have been forced to conduct their business online via newly implemented or existing telehealth programs. Previously used as an adjunct to in-person care, telecardiology is set to replace the majority of outpatient cardiac clinic visits for the foreseeable future. The American College of Cardiology […]

Changes to Cardiology Practices During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Cardiologists and medical professionals across specialties are currently being faced with continuously evolving directives that aim to respond to developments in the novel coronavirus outbreak; they aim to minimize the risk of exposure, protect vulnerable demographics, and ensure the healthcare system can handle rapidly increasing demands.  In light of this unprecedented public health concern, changes […]


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