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May 2020

COVID-19 and mental health

Several useful resources are now available to support mental health among doctors and other health care professionals. With the significant impact of COVID-19 increasing pressure and stress on the way we work and live, it is important to prioritise mental health and wellbeing....

May 2020

COVID-19 and heart valve disease

The British Heart Valve Society (BHVS) has produced a statement on COVID-19 and heart valve disease to help answer patient queries. This is available at: https://www.bhvs.org.uk/covid-19-coronavirus-illness-and-heart-valve-disease/...

April 2020

COVID-19 Bulletin 1: clinical practice in the pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has brought with it a continual stream of information both in the lay press and also in that specifically aimed at healthcare professionals (HCPs). The purpose of our series of Bulletins is to filter this information and to present aspects important for your practice. We have joined with the Cardiorenal Forum, the British Society for Heart Failure, the British Geriatrics Society Cardiovascular Section and other medical and nursing groups to achieve this. The Bulletin will feature news, commentaries and tips from frontline healthcare professionals treating COVID-19 patients daily. We hope you find this useful and we welcome your feedback....

April 2020

COVID-19 and care of the elderly

Difficult conversations with the seriously ill “We will have to talk about dying during COVID-19 but the challenge for us is how to do this with confidence and empathy and have these conversations with openness, compassion and dignity.”...

April 2020

COVID-19 and diabetes

What we know so far Diabetes (together with hypertension and ischaemic heart disease) is one of the conditions that is notably associated with poorer outcomes in individuals with COVID-19. This was initially highlighted in research from China and corroborated with further data from Italy. ...

April 2020

COVID-19 and heart failure

Retention of essential heart failure services Heart failure teams are in demand due to their transferable skills, but there are significant risks with the redeployment of staff and reduction of services designed to monitor and maintain patients with life threatening conditions. Such patients cannot be left without vital support....

April 2020

COVID-19 and primary care

Managing COVID-19 in General Practice A free on-line course from St George’s University of London, designed for front-line clinicians, healthcare workers and professionals who are dealing with the large volume of patients in the current COVID-19 pandemic within primary care, is available....

April 2020

COVID-19 and respiratory medicine

New American Thoracic Society Guidance An American Thoracic Society-led international task force has released a guidance document to help clinicians manage COVID-19 patients in the face of a worldwide pandemic and “minimal empirical evidence to guide treatment”. The new guidance ‘COVID-19 interim guidance on management pending empirical evidence is published as an open access document on the Society’s website: thoracic.org....

April 2020

COVID-19 in cancer patients

Cancer-associated thrombosis COVID-19 may predispose to both venous and arterial thromboembolism due to excessive inflammation, hypoxia, immobilisation and diffuse intravascular coagulation. Many patients receiving antithrombotic therapy for thrombotic disease may develop COVID-19, which can have implications for choice and dosing of antithrombotic therapy including direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs)....

April 2020

COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease

ESC Guidance on diagnosis and management of heart disease during COVID-19 The novel coronavirus not only causes viral pneumonia but also has major implications for the cardiovascular system....

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