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Damage to Heart's Right Ventricle Predicts a Greater Chance of Death from COVID-19

When a patient is hospitalized with COVID-19, signs of damage to the right side of the heart may indicate a greater risk of death, according to a study from investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. The findings, published Oct. 27 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggest that physicians should consider looking for such damage using a readily available and non-invasive ultrasound test called an echocardiogram. 

“This study tells us that non-invasive cardiovascular imaging plays an important role in decision-making in COVID-19 cases,” said senior author Dr. Jonathan Weinsaft, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Weill Cornell Medicine and a cardiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. [MORE…] 

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