- The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused more deaths due to both COVID-19 and other clinical conditions such as cardiovascular disease. The relationship between atrial fibrillation (AF) and COVID-19 infection is complex.1 Indeed, AF has found to be associated with a significantly increased risk of short-term mortality in patients infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.2 Furthermore, patients with COVID-19 per se have an increased risk of developing AF.3 The aim of the present study was to investigate the trend of AF-related mortality in the United States before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on cardiac rhythm management (CRM) services remain poorly quantified.
- Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most encountered arrhythmia and has been associated with worse in-hospital outcomes.
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), started in the city of Wuhan in late 2019. Within a few months, the disease spread toward all parts of the world and was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The current health care dilemma worldwide is how to sustain the capacity for quality services not only for those suffering from COVID-19 but also for non-COVID-19 patients, all while protecting physicians, nurses, and other allied health care workers.
- Our world is faced with a global pandemic that threatens to overwhelm many national health care systems for a prolonged period. Consequently, the elective long-term cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) management of millions of patients is potentially compromised, raising the likelihood of patients experiencing major adverse events owing to loss of CIED therapy. This review gives practical guidance to health care providers to help promptly recognize the requirement for expert consultation for urgent interrogation and/or surgery in CIED patients.
- The rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic owing to a newly identified coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, originating in Wuhan, China, has resulted in significant morbidity and mortality around the world. Early reports have shown improved clinical outcome and viral clearance with the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.1,2