Heart specialists from NHS Golden Jubilee are leading an international video conference next week to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on cardiac services.
Cardiologists Professor Hany Eteiba, pictured above, Professor Colin Berry and Dr Mitchell Lindsay are three of Scotland’s experts discussing ‘Coping with Corona’s Cardiac Challenges’ at a special webinar on Monday 27 April.
Organised by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) with representation from the American College of Cardiology, Scottish Cardiac Society and University of Glasgow, the event will see a panel of experts discuss:
· Experiences of treating cardiac conditions during the pandemic,
· Concerns about patients not seeking medical help when they become seriously unwell,
· Cardiac medications and its impact on COVID-19 presentation, and
· Diagnosis and management of myocardial injury in COVID-19 patients.
Professor Colin Berry, internationally-leading in cardiology research with University of Glasgow, will lead a discussion on Novel Therapies for COVID-19 with review on Managing Acute Coronary Syndromes During COVID-19 being led by Dr Mitchell Lindsay.
Professor John McMurray, University of Glasgow, and Professor Richard Kovacs, Immediate Past President of American College of Cardiology, will share their experiences on an interactive panel discussion on cardiac challenges in Scotland and the USA.
Professor Hany Eteiba, Associate Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist at NHS Golden Jubilee, President of the Scottish Cardiac Society and Vice President (Medical) of the RCPSG, will co-chair the event with RCPSG President Jackie Taylor, Consultant Physician, Medicine for the Elderly.
Professor Eteiba said: “We hope this international effort led by Scotland and the US will help us all better understand the effects of COVID-19 on this group of patients.
“We will be discussing important issues for people with heart problems such as practical approaches to managing heart attack patients, insights from frontline staff, emerging therapeutic options and examining ongoing research and clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19.”
NHS Golden Jubilee is home to one of the largest heart and lung centres in the UK, and has the fastest ‘Door to Balloon’ time for treating heart attacks caused by a blocked artery.
The Golden Jubilee National Hospital continues to provide ‘critical to life’ heart, lung and cancer services and urges anyone who feels seriously unwell to seek early treatment.
UK and Scottish Government guidance allows people to leave their homes in order to access medical care. If you become acutely unwell and believe that you are suffering from a serious or life-threatening condition, you should seek appropriate help through NHS111, 999 or accident and emergency.
Patients should continue with treatments for all medical conditions and attend any hospital or GP appointments that are requested unless their doctor or a member of their care team tells them otherwise.
Professor Eteiba added: “The NHS remains available and well equipped to provide care for these patients. It is extremely important that people seek medical help for acute heart and lung or cancer as early as possible. Failing to seek help when it is essential may place your health, and even your life, at risk.”
The free webinar takes place on Monday 27 April from 6pm (UK time) for approximately one hour.
The programme is as follows:
· Introduction: Professor Jackie Taylor, President, RCPSG.
· Chair: Professor Hany Eteiba, Vice President (Medical) RCPSG; Associate Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist, NHS Golden Jubilee; President, Scottish Cardiac Society.
· Acute Myocardial Injury in COVID-19 patients: Professor Richard J Kovacs, Immediate Past President of the American College of Cardiology.
· Managing Acute Coronary Syndromes During COVID-19: Dr Mitchell Lindsay, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Operational and Strategic Lead, NHS Golden Jubilee.
· ACEi, ARB and COVID-19: Why the controversy? Professor John McMurray, Professor of Medical Cardiology, Deputy Director (Clinical) of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow; Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.
· Novel Therapies for COVID-19: Professor Colin Berry, Consultant Cardiologist, NHS Golden Jubilee and Professor of Cardiology and Imaging at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow.