Pharmaceutical Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets on cardiovascular in March 2020, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.
Top tweets on cardiovascular in March 2020
1. Eric Topol’s tweet on the coronavirus hijacking cells via ACE2
Eric Topol, a cardiologist and scientist, shared an article on ACE inhibitors, stating that this class of hypertension drugs has been a subject of Covid confusion because of the virus hijacking cells via ACE2. The article further noted that discussions on these drugs enhancing the risk of infection and also the severity of SARS-CoV2 has been doing the rounds on social media sites of late.
The article also elaborates that the confusion has arisen because of the fact that the COVID-19 virus binds to a specific enzyme called ACE2 to infect cells, and ACE2 levels are increased following treatment with enzyme inhibitors (ACE-i) and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs).
ACE inhibitors, 1 of the most commonly used class of drugs for hypertension, have been a subject of #COVID19 confusion d/t the virus hijacking cells via ACE-2. But @NephJC sets this straight really well https://t.co/YxpockNvRC
and @escardio's statementhttps://t.co/pdTkfy9wuR pic.twitter.com/wWTR4CYoIu
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) March 14, 2020
Username: Eric Topol
Twitter handle: @Eric Topol
2. Clyde Yancy’s tweet on association of cardiac injury with mortality in hospitalised patients with covid-19 in Wuhan
Clyde Yancy, a cardiologist, shared a study that was conducted in January to explore the prevalence of cardiac injury among hospitalised patients in Wuhan. The cohort study which was conducted on 416 patients with confirmed Covid-19, found that 19.7% of the patients suffered cardiac injury during hospitalisation. This became the independent risk factor for in-hospital mortality.
Association of Cardiac Injury With Mortality in Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19 in Wuhan, China |JAMA Cardiology | IMPORTANT original science; 20% with cardiac injury and higher mortality with cardiac injury. #COVID19. More at @JAMACardio https://t.co/HTP3TBY1gW
— Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc (@NMHheartdoc) March 25, 2020
Username: Clyde Yancy
Twitter handle: @NMHheartdoc
3. C Michael Gibson’s tweet on understanding the coronavirus risk by demographic factors
C Michael Gibson, an interventional cardiologist, cardiovascular researcher and educator, shared an article on the breakdown on the coronavirus risk based on age, gender, and more. The article further noted that researchers were keen to find out who are most at risk of being infected, and also identify those who can be severely ill.
Research from three months of the outbreak found many results such as the death toll skewing old even more aggressively. Age –related death risks directly reflected the strength or weakness of the respiratory system. However, susceptibility on the basis of gender was unclear, with preliminary data suggesting men to be at higher risk.
Who is getting sick, and how sick? A breakdown of coronavirus risk by demographic factors (the elderly, males, patients with Heart disease, diabetes, COPD)
— C. Michael Gibson MD (@CMichaelGibson) March 3, 2020
Username: C Michael Gibson
Twitter handle: @CMichaelGibson
4. Dr Martha Gulati’s tweet on heart patients at a higher risk of developing serious illnesses from Covid-19
Dr Martha Gulati, a cardiologist, shared an article on people with heart disease being at a higher risk of developing serious illnesses from the coronavirus disease. The article noted that the American College of Cardiology has issued a clinical bulletin, offering guidance about the coronavirus and how to treat patients with heart conditions. The article also listed some important takeaways for patients and their families, such as staying up-to-date with vaccinations for pneumonia and flu.
Heart Patients Warned of Risks from #Coronavirus
People with #heartdisease seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness from coronavirus disease 19 (#COVID19)- steps to stay safe @CardioSmart @MinnowWalsh @WilliamZoghbi @ACCmediacenter https://t.co/OFKlXsaObj pic.twitter.com/NtNdZQvQ9d
— Dr. Martha Gulati (@DrMarthaGulati) March 13, 2020
Username: Dr Martha Gulati
Twitter handle: @DrMarthaGulati
5. Mamas Mamas’ tweet on the impact of Covid-19 on cardiology services in the UK
Mamas Mamas, a professor of cardiology at Keele University, UK, shared an article on the impact of Covid-19 on cardiology services in the UK. The article details cardiac patients’ risk, molecular reasons, and the impact of the disease on the healthcare resources.
@Medscape The impact of #COVID19 on cardiology services in uk➡️ https://t.co/mGrFj9DA2X @DrAsifQasim @mirvatalasnag @AnastasiaSMihai @nolanjimradial @twj1974 @Hragy @biljana_parapid @DrABPBallal @HeartOTXHeartMD @hvanspall @iamritu @DrMarthaGulati @DrToniyaSingh @mswami001 pic.twitter.com/fyJmIs3nmo
— Mamas Mamas (@mmamas1973) March 20, 2020
Username: Mamas Mamas
Twitter handle: @mmamas1973
6. Kim Williams’ tweet on vegetarian diet tied to lower stroke risk
Kim Williams, a cardiologist, shared an article on vegetarian diet tied to lower stroke risk. The article noted that Buddhist communities who followed a vegetarian diet in Taiwan showed lower cardiovascular risk than non-vegetarians according to researchers.
However, researches about diet and stroke risk are not always conclusive, the article emphasised. For instance, a Mediterranean diet was found to reduce stroke in women, whereas a meta-analysis found that meatless diets led to lowered blood pressure levels.
Vegetarian Diet Tied to Lower Stroke Risk https://t.co/06WKRoLBTl great confirmation of observational data from NHS, AHS-2 and others. Eat your plants, keep your brain!
— Kim Williams (@cardio10s) March 1, 2020
Username: Kim Williams
Twitter handle: @cardio10s
7. Ankur Kalra’s tweet on reacquainting cardiology with mechanical ventilation in response to the Covid pandemic
Ankur Kalra, an interventional cardiologist, shared an article on reacquainting cardiology with mechanical ventilation in response to the Covid pandemic. The article noted that physician shortages and lack of trained staff were one of the key highlights from reports that came in from across afflicted countries. In such an event, given the overlap between cardiologists and critical care, cardiologists would be the first physicians asked to step in to fill the shortages.
Reacquainting Cardiology with Mechanical Ventilation in Response to the #COVIDpandemic https://t.co/qZiH30nqTO; terrific work by my colleague, @AnnGageMD & our fellows, @RanLeeMD & Andrew Higgins. Thank you, @JGrapsa and @JACCJournals, for your vision & collaboration. @mpanhwar92
— Ankur Kalra (@AnkurKalraMD) March 27, 2020
Username: Ankur Kalra
Twitter handle: @AnkurKalraMD
8. Dr Deepak L Bhatt’s tweet on cardiovascular mortality in young adults
Dr Deepak L Bhatt, executive director of interventional cardiovascular programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), shared an article on cardiovascular mortality after Type 1 and Type 2 myocardial infarction in young adults. The article noted that young patients who suffered from type 2 MI had higher long-term all-cause and cardiovascular mortality than those who had type 1 MI.
The findings further emphasised the need to provide more aggressive secondary prevention for patients with type 2 MI and myocardial injury.
Cardiovascular Mortality After Type 1 and Type 2 Myocardial Infarction in Young Adults https://t.co/ZTYSzHfSea
— Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt (@DLBHATTMD) March 3, 2020
Username: Dr Deepak L Bhatt
Twitter handle: @DLBHATTMD
9. Dr Sanjay Gupta tweet on cardiovascular disease being the most prominent risk factor in case fertility rate
Dr Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and medical reporter, shared an article on heart diseases being the most prominent risk factor in terms of case fertility rate. The other factors included diabetes, lung disease, and hypertension.
Same goes with certain pre-existing conditions. According to the study, heart disease was the most prominent risk factor in terms of CFR, followed by diabetes, lung disease and hypertension. #coronavirus — 6/20 pic.twitter.com/Ol3eUe4NnE
— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) March 3, 2020
Username: Dr Sanjay Gupta
Twitter handle: @drsanjaygupta
10. Pascal Meier’s tweet on the relatedness between egg consumption and increased cardiovascular risk
Pascal Meier, a professor of cardiovascular medicine, shared an article on the association between egg intake and cardiovascular risks in men and women in the US. Findings from three cohorts found that there was no risk overall, and, is in fact, associated with potential lower cardiovascular risks among Asians.
— Pascal Meier,MD (@DrPascalMeier) March 5, 2020
Username: Pascal Meier
Twitter handle: @DrPascalMeier