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Emergency healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19

The acute cardiovascular care community has been on the front lines of the current health crisis and has a vital role to play. 

The Association for Acute CardioVascular Care wants to support the community and all healthcare professionals mobilised during this pandemic.

We have gathered a wide array of scientific resources that may help you.

ACVC Webinar: Acute Cardiovascular Care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Learning objectives

  1. Diagnose and treat COVID-19 positive patients presenting with respiratory failure
  2. Understand changes in diagnosis and treatment of patients admitted for acute coronary syndromes
  3. Know how the pro-thrombotic situation associated with a COVID-19 infection may aggravate clinical outcome
  4. Consider options of end-of-life decision in collapsing systems
  5. Be informed about ongoing studies on how to fight the virus


  • Prof Kurt HUBER, FESC, Austria

Introduction and prothrombotic milieu in COVID-19 positive patients leads to an aggravation of clinical course caused by thrombotic events

  • Prof Christian HASSAGER, FESC, Denmark

Respiratory failure – What is special?

  • Prof Pascal VRANCKX, FESC, Belgium

Pre- and in-hospital care of ACS patients (including also protection from infection for healthcare workers)

  • Prof Eric BONNEFOY-CUDRAZ, France

 Deciding end of life (when the system collapses)

  • Dr Alexandru MISCHIE, FESC, France

Current research projects

Article selection from the EHJ-ACVC

COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase of severe cardiovascular events, which may be caused by the infection itself triggering a huge inflammatory response, with severe hypoxia and a systemic prothrombotic milieu as consequences.

These events include ST-elevation (STEMI) and non-ST elevation (NSTEMI) myocardial infarctions by plaque erosion or disruption and coronary thrombus formation, inflammation associated coronary spasms and TakoTsubo syndrome, and - in rare cases - myocarditis.

The cases presented below demonstrate such cardiovascular events that were clearly associated with a COVID-19 infection and aggravated the course of disease.

The cases originated from Italy, one of the European countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 We need to thank our Italian colleagues for providing these reports, written in severe times under high physical and psychological pressure.

Prof. Kurt Huber, FESC, Austria


Intensive and Acute Cardiovascular Care Textbook

IACC-textbook-web.jpgA selection of chapters that may be useful regarding COVID-19 patients.



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