VMS+ IS A LIFELINE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID
Everyday researchers are reporting more about Covid-19 and coming to the understanding that the heart is affected. Thus, more healthcare professionals are recognizing the need for superior cardiac imaging analysis in order to effectively diagnose and manage cardiac conditions during a time to which other medical imaging modules are unavailable.
KBR IS POWER
MONITOR THE RIGHT VENTRICLE FOR HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS.
Journal of Invasive Cardiology
A recent study from the Icahn school of medicine at Mount Sinai in New York city concludes that a dilated RV is known to predict mortality in patients that contracted Covid-19 and reported to emergency. In respect, of infection control and the need for bedside tools, the study authors recommend using echocardiography as a means of assessing those at risk.
Right Ventricular Dilation in Hospitalized Patients With COVIDClerkin K.J., Fried J.A., Raikhelkar J., et al."Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19 ) and cardiovascular disease". Circulation 2020;141:1648-1655.
The VMS's KBR technology produces accurate and reproducible ejection fractions and volume measurements for all four chambers. Results comparable to MRI. In addition, results for right ventricle possible with only sparse data.
TECHNOLOGY THAT FITS
MANAGE THE EXPECTED
A German study reviewed the MRI scans of 100 recovering patients, who contracted Covid but did not have any known cardiac condition, after two months of recovery time. The researchers found that:
78% had cardiac involvement,
60% had myocardial inflammation
Puntmann VO, Carerj ML, Wieters I, et al. Outcomes of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients Recently Recovered From Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). JAMA Cardiol. 2020;5(11):1265–1273. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.3557
CARDIAC CONDITIONS MAY BE ON RISE
AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
HEART MUSCLE IS ATTACKED
San Francisco-based Gladstone Institutes,
Scientists made a number of observations when SARS-CoV-2 virus was added to human heart cells grown in lab dishes, the long muscle fibers that keep hearts beating were diced into short bits. The fiber fragments bore no resemblance to the disintegration seen in other acquired or hereditary diseases of the heart muscle. Further to this, there were black holes where DNA should have been in the nucleus of these cells. While this was a petri dish experiment, the scientists saw a similar phenomenon in heart tissue from Covid-19 patients’ autopsies.