Latest Updates from the Heart Institute

New Tools from the ACTION Learning Network

The Advanced Cardiac Therapies Improving Outcomes Network (ACTION) Learning Network consists of clinicians, researchers, parents, and patients from across a wide variety of medical institutions with the joint goal of improving critical outcomes for patients with heart failure. This group has created a number of helpful tools for our patients and families based on the current data and best practices available.

You can read more about ACTION here

We realize that patients in the Heart Institute likely have many questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) at this time. While we do not have all of the answers, hopefully you will find the information below helpful.

At this time, there is concern that persons with pre-existing medical conditions may be more vulnerable to this virus. However, it is not entirely clear what that means for those with congenital heart disease. Generally speaking, those most vulnerable with pre-existing conditions appear to be adults greater than 60 years old.

When considering what actions you and your family can take, please consider these tips from the CDC to help you and your family stay safe:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (at least 20 seconds). When not available, use alcohol-based sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands.
  • Maintaining hygiene is important. Clothes should be washed with regular detergent. Soap and water remain effective to clean frequently touched objects like door knobs.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you develop symptoms (coughing, fever or general malaise), please contact your primary care doctor. If not in need of medical treatment, please remain at home.

In the absence of testing, please see the chart below from the CDC and the World Health Organization comparing COVID-19 to the seasonal flu, common colds, and seasonal allergies:



Please use the web-based links below for immediate access to the most current information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and Cincinnati Children’s.

If you have additional questions, contact the Heart Institute at 513-636-4432.


Heart Institute Executive Co-Directors
Andrew Redington, MD
James Tweddell, MD
Jeffery Molkentin, PhD