Cardiol Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: CRDL) (OTCQX: CRTPF) (“Cardiol” or the “Company“), a leader in the production of pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) and the development of innovative cannabidiol products for heart diseases, is pleased to announce the filing of a new patent application covering the use of cannabidiol (CBD) to improve the outcome of patients with COVID-19. This new patent application includes the administration of CBD to reduce the severity of disease in COVID-19 patients with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions, and to prevent the progression of such conditions.
COVID-19, a disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is primarily a respiratory disease. However, an increasing number of reports indicate that COVID-19 patients are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular complications. Furthermore, patients with underlying cardiovascular disease are more likely to develop severe cases of COVID-19 and have a worse prognosis. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology showed that 35% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had underlying cardiovascular disease (CVD). In this study, patients with underlying CVD and myocardial injury had a significantly higher rate of mortality than patients without these complications. Other studies have shown that COVID-19 patients are more likely to develop cardiovascular complications even if they do not have pre-existing CVD.
There is a growing body of experimental evidence that CBD reduces cardiac and vascular inflammation, oxidative stress, and cardiac dysfunction. Pre-clinical research in a model involving cardiac injury demonstrated that Cardiol’s pharmaceutically produced (cGMP) cannabidiol has a cardioprotective effect, resulting in a reduction of fibrosis, cardiac hypertrophy (enlargement of the heart), and the cardiac remodelling marker BNP. These data were accepted for presentation at the American College of Cardiology’s 69th Annual Scientific Session & Expo held virtually from March 28-30, 2020.
“COVID-19 patients with a prior history of cardiovascular disease and cardiac injury are at significantly higher risk for mortality,” stated David Elsley, President and CEO of Cardiol Therapeutics. “Experimental evidence demonstrating the cardioprotective properties of cannabidiol suggest therapeutic potential in this vulnerable patient population. As part of our strategy to develop cannabidiol for patients with heart failure, we look forward to investigating the anti-inflammatory properties of our extra strength CBD formulation in COVID-19 patients with cardiac injury, with the hope of significantly improving patient outcomes.”
About Cardiol Therapeutics
Cardiol Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: CRDL) (OTCQX: CRTPF) is focused on producing pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) products and developing innovative therapies for heart diseases, including acute myocarditis and other causes of heart failure. The Company’s lead product, CardiolRx™, is formulated to be the most consistent cannabidiol formulation on the market. CardiolRx is pharmaceutically produced, manufactured under cGMP, and is THC free (<5 ppm). The Company also plans to commercialize CardiolRx in the billion-dollar market for medicinal cannabinoids in Canada and is pursuing distribution opportunities in Europe and Latin America.
In heart failure, Cardiol is planning an international clinical study of CardiolRx in acute myocarditis, a condition caused by inflammation in heart tissue, which remains the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in people less than 35 years of age. The Company is also developing proprietary nanotechnology to uniquely deliver pharmaceutical cannabidiol and other anti-inflammatory drugs directly to sites of inflammation in the heart associated with heart failure. Heart failure is the leading cause of death and hospitalization in North America with associated annual healthcare costs in the U.S. alone exceeding $30 billion. For further information about Cardiol Therapeutics, please visit cardiolrx.com.
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