American Heart Association COVID-19 CVD Registry Powered by Get with the Guidelines

Heather M. Alger, Christine Rutan, Joseph H. Williams, Jason G. Walchok, Michele Bolles, Jennifer L. Hall, Steven M. Bradley, Mitchell S.V. Elkind, Fatima Rodriguez, Tracy Y. Wang, David A. Morrow, Sandeep R. Das, James A. De Lemos

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Background: In response to the public health emergency created by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, American Heart Association volunteers and staff aimed to rapidly develop and launch a resource for the medical and research community to expedite scientific advancement through shared learning, quality improvement, and research. In <4 weeks after it was first announced on April 3, 2020, AHA's COVID-19 CVD Registry powered by Get With The Guidelines received its first clinical records. Methods and Results: Participating hospitals are enrolling consecutive hospitalized patients with active COVID-19 disease, regardless of CVD status. This hospital quality improvement program will allow participating hospitals and health systems to evaluate patient-level data including mortality rates, intensive care unit bed days, and ventilator days from individual review of electronic medical records of sequential adult patients with active COVID-19 infection. Participating sites can leverage these data for onsite, rapid quality improvement, and benchmarking versus other institutions. After 9 weeks, >130 sites have enrolled in the program and >4000 records have been abstracted in the national dataset. Additionally, the aggregate dataset will be a valuable data resource for the medical research community. Conclusions: The AHA COVID-19 CVD Registry will support greater understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular disease and will inform best practices for evaluation and management of patients with COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-584
Number of pages5
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020


  • benchmarking
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • intensive care unit
  • quality improvement
  • registries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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