Should the ACC Have a Live Meeting? 

The American College of Cardiology is planning to have some live participants at its annual scientific sessions meeting in May. The college said it is also partnering with a technology company to offer these participants a wearable monitoring device “as an added safety measure for monitoring possible COVID-19 symptoms.”

In my view both decisions are mistaken and send messages that are the exact opposite of what responsible medical and scientific organizations should be promulgating during the pandemic.

The Defense of Science in the Age of Fake News

Fake news didn’t just become a problem because of Trump, or the pandemic. It’s been around for a long while. The problem can’t begin to be solved unless the medical and scientific community accepts that it has an absolute responsibility to aggressively debunk fake news and defend and support scientific principles.

Cardiology Research: Business As Usual During the Pandemic

The middle of a raging pandemic is no time for business-as-usual research studies, especially when the studies falsely purport to shed light on that pandemic. Such papers have all the appearance of high quality science. They have a ton of data and a lot of big words but they’re incapable of providing reliable or useful information that can aid in our understanding and control of the health emergency.

COVID-19 Heart: We have all the gear but no idea

We have plenty of sophisticated gear to understand heart problems. For COVID-19, we’ve seen Troponin blood tests, cardiac MRIs and echo. For example, cardiac injury was associated with a higher risk of death in hospitalized patients. And yet, we have no answers to the questions that matter for clinical practice.