MEDICINE: COVID's Many Effects on the Heart | Stefanie Kaiser, MD

Recorded September 8th, 2020. Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)!  Dr. Stefanie Kaiser is an interventional cardiologist and the assistant chief of cardiology of Permanente Medicine East Bay which includes the Oakland and Richmond medical centers.  Dr. Kaiser has been part of the extensive team preparing the medical centers for and taking on an unprecedented pandemic. Dr. Kaiser has been treating Covid-19 positive patients with heart conditions since the first cases were reported in the Bay area. Needless to say, the past months have brought quite a change to her usual practice. To contain the spread of this highly infectious virus many appointments have been moved to a virtual setting and a modification of protocols when performing interventional procedures has taken place. Dr. Kaiser is passionate about improving patient care and outcomes for COVID-19 positive patients as we learn more about this virus and management is evolving.  Dr. Kaiser was born and raised in Germany and completed her medical training at Heinrich-Heine-University in Duesseldorf. Dr. Kaiser has been calling California her home now for the past 15 years.  Dr. Kaiser finished her internal medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco serving as a chief resident. Her cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship took place at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center where she had the honor of being appointed chief fellow.  Submit Your Questions for the Podcast Send an email to or check out What Can You Do? You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed.  The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.  Producers: Christopher Breitigan. Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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