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Media Alert: AHA and ACC release set of standard definitions for diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19

WASHINGTON and DALLAS, June 23, 2022 — The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have released a comprehensive set of data standards to help standardize definitions and set the framework for capturing and better understanding the impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular health .

People with cardiovascular risk factors or pre-existing cardiovascular disease are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection, and understanding the acute and longitudinal health impact of COVID-19 is increasingly important. cardiovascular. Unfortunately, there has been no clarity or consensus on definitions of cardiovascular conditions related to COVID-19. Broad agreement on common vocabulary and definitions is needed to bring together or compare data from electronic health records (EHRs), clinical registries, administrative datasets, and other databases, and to assess whether these data are applicable to clinical practice and research endeavours.

This document is intended for use by researchers, registry developers, and clinicians, and is offered as a framework for the development of the ICD-10 code for cardiovascular conditions related to COVID-19. The standards are also of great importance to patients, clinicians, researchers, scientists, administrators, public health officials, policy makers and payers.

The new data standards provide healthcare professionals with a framework with which to conduct conversations with their patients by standardizing terminology and attributes for the diagnosis of COVID-19; cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular complications; symptoms and signs; diagnostic procedures; pharmacological therapy; preventive, therapeutic and supportive procedures; and end-of-life care management.

The AHA/ACC 2022 Key Data Elements and Definitions for Cardiovascular and Non-Cardiovascular Complications of COVID-19 will publish online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: quality and cardiovascular results Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET. It has been endorsed by the Heart Failure Society of America and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 56,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The ACC graduates cardiovascular professionals who meet rigorous qualifications and leads the development of health policies, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC journals, maintains national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. To learn more, visit

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To view an embargoed copy of this document, please contact:

CCA: Sam Roth, [email protected]

AHA: Maggie Francis, [email protected]