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Tuesday September 29th, 2020

COVID-19 and CVD – World Heart Day 2020

Use Heart to… Beat CVD
The World Heart Federation (WHF) is the leading voice in raising awareness of the universal fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD). On World Heart Day, 29th September, the campaign is asking the world to ‘Use Heart to… Beat CVD’.


“Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 cause of death globally. An estimated 17.9 million people died from CVDs in 2016, representing 31% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, 85% are due to heart attack and stroke.”

World Health Organisation


Use Heart to… Fight COVID-19
Amid the deaths and the isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, heart and circulatory disease remain the world’s biggest killers. Today, the WHF is also asking the world to ‘Use Heart to…Fight COVID-19’.

It is widely known that those with an underlying heart condition are at a higher risk of complications once they have contracted COVID-19. However, not only are those with underlying heart conditions affected, a study published in JAMA Cardiology finds COVID-19 can also cause irreparable cardiac damage and arrhythmias, in people with no underlying heart issues.


“We don’t know what course the pandemic will take in the future, but we do know that taking care of our hearts right now is more important than ever.”

World Heart Federation


BHF funded study showed that around half of 1216 patients who received a heart scan while in hospital due to COVID-19 showed abnormalities in their heart function, with around one in seven showing severe abnormalities likely to have a major effect on their survival and recovery.

EKG technology for cardiac monitoring
If taking care of our hearts is more important that ever, what tools can we use to do this?

An electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) is currently used as a frontline protocol to determine the health of a patients heart. It allows for the correct diagnosis and subsequent treatment for a patient, as well as monitoring their recovery. B-Secur has harnessed the power of EKG to create HeartKey®, a unique suite of EKG algorithms. Our HeartKey® technology is perfectly positioned to accurately monitor the cardiac activity, arrhythmia, and physiological stress levels of those who are vulnerable through a variety of devices.

Powerful indicators of cardiac health, our Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability algorithms meet medical ANSI standards. Our Physiological Stress algorithm provides deep insight into a body’s true state with data being also personalised through our User ID algorithm. Our trusted Arrhythmia algorithms can be used in the detection and monitoring of atrial fibrillation, tachycardia and bradycardia.


Find out more about HeartKey



“A high-quality single lead EKG is enough to then make clinical decisions on drugs and devices. If the person or patient uses a wearable device that can record an ECG then this means that we can diagnosis and treat heart rhythm conditions more quickly and more accurately”

Dr Andrew Mitchell

Innovative telemedicine is needed now
This year especially, the need for the introduction of telemedicine for remote patient monitoring via accurate, portable technology has been highlighted to us all. Creating a hospital-at-home environment through the use of medically trusted, innovated, and efficient remote monitoring solutions is critical for vulnerable and anxious patients as well as providing support to the healthcare services.

The BHF carried out a survey of 167 cardiologists. Of these, 71% believed that people were afraid to visit hospital during lockdown from fear of being exposed to the virus. With EKG technology built into consumer wearables, it can provide a doctor with a complete picture of the patient’s heart health over a long period of time.


“The accurate and efficient monitoring of patients remotely before, during and after infection is crucial for reducing pressure on medical resources, prioritising and improving treatment, and ultimately saving lives.”

Cardiovascular Implications in Patients with COVID-19


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The World Health Organisation cited telemedicine among the essential services in “strengthening the health systems response to COVID-19”.