COVID-19 and the cardiovascular system: A review of current data, summary of best practices, outline of controversies, and illustrative case reports

Anand Prasad, Siyab Panhwar, Robert C. Hendel, Omar Sheikh, Zunair Mushtaq, Fatima Dollar, Ariel Vinas, Chadi Alraies, Ahmed Almonani, Tung Huy Nguyen, Javier Amione-Guerra, Mark T. Foster, Craig Sisson, Allen Anderson, Jon C. George, Issa Kutkut, Jorge Armando Guareña Casillas, Auroa Badin

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Abstract

As the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 virus pandemic continues to grow globally, an association is apparent between patients with underlying cardiovascular disease comorbidities and the risk of developing severe COVID-19. Furthermore, there are potential cardiac manifestations of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 including myocyte injury, ventricular dysfunction, coagulopathy, and electrophysiologic abnormalities. Balancing management of the infection and treatment of underlying cardiovascular disease requires further study. Addressing the increasing reports of health care worker exposure and deaths remains paramount. This review summarizes the most contemporary literature on the relationship of the cardiovascular system and COVID-19 and society statements with relevance to protection of health care workers, and provides illustrative case reports in this context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-187
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Heart Journal
Volume226
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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