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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:

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....

April 2020

Round up of COVID-19 e-learning, apps and websites

COVID-19: almost everything you need to know ‘Life in the fast lane’ (, an Australian/New Zealand medical website, provides materials written by physicians and other HCPs. The current review looks at all aspects of the coronavirus pandemic including assessment and management, from an Australia and New Zealand critical care perspective. It provides an excellent series of Adult Emergency Medicine Radiology Topics each month. These self-guided educational slides were first published on and are peer reviewed....

March 2020 Br J Cardiol 2020;27:10


With sadness, we report the recent deaths of two major figures in the world of cardiology, Professors Lionel Opie and Desmond Julian. We pass on our sincere condolences to their families and relatives....

March 2020 Br J Cardiol 2020;27:15–7 Meeting report

BSH: Improving quality and reducing inequality in heart failure

The popular annual autumn meeting of the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) boasted a line-up of internationally recognised authorities in heart failure. Held in London on 28th–29th November 2019, the meeting’s focus was on improving quality and reducing inequality. Drs Sanjay S Bhandari and Daniel CS Chan report its highlights....

March 2020 Br J Cardiol 2020;27:23

Book review – Practical cardio-oncology

Editor: Susan F Dent Publisher: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, 2019 ISBN: 9781138296961 Price: £77 Cardio-oncology is a new and rapidly developing subspecialty bringing together cardiologists and oncologists to improve the cardiac care of cancer patients. While the evidence base continues to develop, there is a pressing need for practical guidance on how to manage cardio-oncology patients on a day-to-day basis. This is the strength of Dr Susan Dent’s Practical cardio-oncology book....

March 2020 Br J Cardiol 2020;27:26

Correspondence – Comparison of right radial artery pathway with left radial and femoral pathway on left internal mammalian artery imaging

Dear Sirs, The BJC recently published a valuable article demonstrating that the right radial pathway can be used to display the left internal mammalian artery (LIMA).1...

March 2020 Br J Cardiol 2020;27:18

In brief

In our in briefs this issue we cover: Tafamidis – a new treatment for amyloidosis; the NICE recommendation of patiromer for hyperkalaemia; an increase in non-industry sponsored CV trials; the news from United Cardiology – British and Irish cardiac societies; and a survey showing barriers to PCSK9 prescribing......

January 2020 Br J Cardiol 2020;27:11–4 Meeting report

Cardiorenal Forum 2019: integrating care in cardiorenal medicine

The highly anticipated 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiorenal Forum was held at The King’s Fund, London, on 4th October 2019. The focus of the meeting was integrating care between specialities in cardiorenal medicine and it attracted a high number of attendees across multiple specialities and the wider multidisciplinary team. Expert speakers ensured the meeting was packed with interesting thought-provoking talks, generating interactive discussion throughout the day. Dr Helena Edwards reports on the meeting’s highlights....


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