Lifting Coronavirus Disease-19 Shelter-in-Place Restrictions: Impact on Heart Failure Hospitalizations in Northeast Georgia

Hua Ling, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Marat Fudim
Ugochukwu O. Egolum

This article was published in Journal of Cardiac Failure, Volume 26, Issue 9, pages 806-807.

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During the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the heart failure (HF) community witnessed unprecedented decreases 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 owing 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.