COVID vs Head, Heart, and Heparin; Afib Screening Flop; Phone Triage Dangerous?

Heparin binds to cells at a site adjacent to ACE2, the portal for SARS-CoV-2 infection, and “potently” blocks the virus, which could open up therapy options. (Cell)

The heightened focus on post-viral effects is what’s really novel about lingering heart damage after COVID-19, a piece in The Atlantic suggests.

Nearly 2% of COVID-19 patients sustain a stroke, with “exceedingly high” 34% in-hospital mortality, a meta-analysis showed. (Neurology)

Opportunistic screening for atrial fibrillation (Afib) in seniors at primary care visits didn’t actually increase the detection rate in a pragmatic randomized trial in the Netherlands. (The BMJ)

Johns Hopkins Hospital turned its interactive gaming room for stroke rehabilitation into a staff decompression space during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Outcomes after MI improved, especially for women, from 2008 to 2017. (Circulation)

Sept. 21 marked the 60th anniversary of the first successful mitral valve prosthesis implant. (

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