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Epidemiology of Chilblains During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The incidence of chilblains increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, study data published in JAMA Dermatology demonstrates. This change may have been due to increased care-seeking by patients during the pandemic, changes in behavior under shelter-in-place orders, or a possible causal interaction with COVID-19. Prior studies have described chilblains as a possible cutaneous manifestation of COVID-19, […]

The Role of Statins in COVID-19, With a Focus on Patients With Cardiovascular Risk Factors

A recent study suggests that patients taking statin medications have a significantly lower risk for in-hospital death from COVID-19. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, demonstrated that the use of statins prior to admission was associated with a 41% reduction of in-hospital death and a greater than 25% reduction in risk of developing a severe […]

Diagnosis and Management of Coagulation Disorders Related to COVID-19

Although the clinical features of SARS-CoV-2 infection were first reported in 2019, it has also been established that hospitalized patients with COVID-19, especially those admitted to intensive care unit (ICU), have an increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) despite prophylactic dose anticoagulation.1-4 As a result, some experts have suggested that higher anticoagulation targets may be […]

What Does the Future of the Mental Health Pandemic Hold?

Health experts across the country agree: we are in the midst of a mental health pandemic and have good reason to believe that this mental health crisis will lead to increased cases of depression1 throughout the year. This debilitating illness currently impacts more than 17.3 million American adults, with research2 showing rates have tripled as […]

Multispecialty Perspectives on Long COVID-19

In the year since the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020 by the World Health Organization,1 short-term treatments such as prone positioning of patients2 or the use of neutralizing antibody cocktails3 have been optimized, and strategies for patients who remain symptomatic for months or experience long-term sequelae4,5 are being developed. Although several effective […]

Discrimination and Harassment in the Cardiology Workplace

Along with the myriad challenges affecting healthcare providers since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic began, some clinicians have the burden of dealing with various forms of discrimination and harassment that may contribute to a hostile work environment (HWE). Findings from 2 recent studies elucidated the extent of these issues within the field of cardiology. […]

Abdominal Pain, Diarrhea in COVID-19 Linked to H pylori Infection

Among patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) who experience abdominal pain and diarrhea, there is a significant likelihood of Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.1 It is currently understood that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), binds angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2) […]

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Adolescent Mental Health

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, concerning mental health trends and major treatment gaps were noted among adolescents in the United States. According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 13.3% of US adolescents aged 12-17 experienced at least 1 episode of major depressive disorder in 2017, yet 60.1% […]

New Guidance: American College of Physicians Discusses Antibody Response in COVID-19 Immunity

Because of the novelty of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, there is not enough evidence to determine whether antibodies produced after exposure are protective against reinfection. As such, the American College of Physicians (ACP) published rapid, evidence-based living practice points in the Annals of Internal Medicine discussing the role of antibodies in, tests for diagnosing, […]

Venous Thromboembolism Management in Patients With COVID-19

The severe systemic inflammatory processes and hypercoagulability occurring with COVID-19 illness increase the risk for atherosclerotic plaque disruption and acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Patients with a previous history of coronary disease and/or other significant comorbidities are particularly predisposed to cardiovascular complications with COVID-19 infection.1 In this installment, we will discuss a patient with COVID-19 and […]

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