Lifting COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Restrictions: Impact on Heart Failure Hospitalizations in Northeast Georgia
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the heart failure (HF) community witnessed unprecedented declines in HF-related patient visits and hospitalizations. Studies to date have focused on the impact of the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown of HF hospitalization trends across multiple countries. It is likely that patients with HF, who are at higher risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, delay seeking care in large part due to anxiety about contracting the virus. Nevertheless, the concerns may resolve over time with availability of treatment for COVID-19 and overwhelming HF symptom burden. Furthermore, the decision to seek acute HF care may be affected by the announcements of state governments relaxing Shelter-in-Place restrictions and allowing opening of businesses.
Journal of Cardiac Failure
Ling, Hua; Fudim, Marat; and Egolum, Ugochukwu O, "Lifting COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Restrictions: Impact on Heart Failure Hospitalizations in Northeast Georgia" (2020). PCOM Scholarly Papers. 2080.