Cardiovascular – Twitter round-up: Eric Topol on coronavirus hijacking cells via ACE2 top tweet in March 2020

3 April 2020 (Last Updated June 18th, 2020 12:54)
Cardiovascular – Twitter round-up: Eric Topol on coronavirus hijacking cells via ACE2 top tweet in March 2020

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).

Username: Eric Topol

Twitter handle: @Eric Topol

Retweets: 272

Likes: 436

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.

Username: Clyde Yancy

Twitter handle: @NMHheartdoc

Retweets: 32

Likes: 50

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.

Username: C Michael Gibson

Twitter handle: @CMichaelGibson

Retweets: 31

Likes: 50

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.

Username: Dr Martha Gulati

Twitter handle: @DrMarthaGulati

Retweets: 28

Likes: 53

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.

Username: Mamas Mamas

Twitter handle: @mmamas1973

Retweets: 25

Likes: 55

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.

Username: Kim Williams

Twitter handle: @cardio10s

Retweets: 24

Likes: 78

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.

Username: Ankur Kalra

Twitter handle: @AnkurKalraMD

Retweets: 18

Likes: 59

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.

Username: Dr Deepak L Bhatt

Twitter handle: @DLBHATTMD

Retweets: 13

Likes: 66

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.

Username: Dr Sanjay Gupta

Twitter handle: @drsanjaygupta

Retweets: 12

Likes: 57

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.

Username: Pascal Meier

Twitter handle: @DrPascalMeier

Retweets: 16

Likes: 48