Cardiovascular Implications of COVID-19 Infections

Akanksha N. Thakkar, Isaac Tea, Mouaz H. Al-Mallah

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Since early 2020, the world has been facing a pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Although this positive single-stranded RNA virus primarily causes pulmonary infection and failure, it has been associated with multiple cardiovascular diseases including troponin elevation, myocarditis, and cardiac arrhythmias. Cardiac patients are susceptible to developing more severe infection from SARS-COV-2, making management complicated. In this review we discuss the cardiac manifestations of COVID-19 infections as well as considerations for the management of primary cardiac pathologies during this pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-154
Number of pages9
JournalMethodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • ACE inhibitors
  • angiotensin receptor blockers
  • arrhythmias
  • cardiovascular imaging
  • coagulopathy
  • COVID-19
  • organ transplant
  • troponin
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac/diagnosis
  • Prevalence
  • Age Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed/methods
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology
  • Male
  • Cause of Death
  • Pandemics/prevention & control
  • Myocardial Infarction/diagnosis
  • Cardiovascular Diseases/diagnostic imaging
  • Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology
  • Adult
  • Female
  • China/epidemiology
  • Vulnerable Populations/statistics & numerical data
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Global Health
  • Risk Assessment
  • Comorbidity
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cine/methods
  • Sex Factors
  • Survival Analysis
  • Aged
  • Myocarditis/diagnosis
  • Troponin T/blood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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