COVID-19 is prompting widespread questions and concerns about the heightened risk for those with heart disease and stroke.
The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is responding to consumer questions through our websites, support networks, social media and other channels with the help of our volunteer medical and scientific research experts on the front line of this pandemic.
Expert interviews and Video and Podcast Series:
- AHA expert interviews on COVID-19 topics (selections on calling 9-1-1, heart disease, stroke, disparities etc.) (added as available)
- Circulation Video Series: COVID Updates From the Front Lines - In-depth interviews with experts working in COVID-19 hot spots from the editors of Circulation.
- COVID-19 and Stroke Podcast Series: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Stroke Survivors
- Know Diabetes by Heart Podcasts: COVID-19 – Implications in the Management of Patients with T2D and CVD
The American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge launched Kick Cabin Fever to the Curb.
It's a free 10-day challenge that helps families focus on staying healthy through four key areas - physical activity, community skills, personal growth and ways to bring the family together. By keeping kids active while schools are closed it can help reduce the stress and anxiety of being away from friends and routine. Heart.org/kickcabinfever
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AHA expert interviews on COVID-19 topics - select clips below on calling 9-1-1, heart disease, stroke, disparities etc.
American Heart Association volunteer medical expert, Ileana Piña, MD, MPH, discusses COVID-19 and heart failure, women, sheltering in place ans more. She is professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and serves as an adviser/consultant to the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the Division of Epidemiology. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.
Ivor Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC, AHA's immediate past president and Director, Cardiovascular Center, professor, medicine, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology, cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, and surgery, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses how the coronavirus may be disproportionately affecting people of color in some communities, including his hometown of Milwaukee. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.
Mitchell S.V. Elkind, M.D., American Heart Association president-elect, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the American Stroke Association — a division of the American Heart Association, and professor of neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University in New York, responds to questions from stroke survivors about COVID-19 on April 1, 2020. Some of the responses could apply to anyone with heart and stroke disease risk factors and survivors. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.
Comilla Sasson, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA, FACEP is the American Heart Association VP of Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science and Innovation and an Associate Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver where she is a practicing ER physician. In April, she joined others on the front lines in New York City fighting COVID-19. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.
Michael Kurz, M.D., associate professor of the departments of emergency medicine and surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, offers his experiences on the front lines treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.
Mariell Jessup, M.D., FAHA, AHA's Chief Science and Medical Officer and Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention offer insight and answers to questions about COVID-19 and CVD via Zoom. View, download all individual, video clips and transcripts here.
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- COVID-19 cardiovascular registry team issues call for researchers
- The 18th U.S. Surgeon General and American Heart Association board member, Dr. Regina Benjamin joins National Newspaper Publishers Coronavirus Pandemic Task Force
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