Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global pandemic that is wreaking havoc on the health and economy of much of human civilization. Electrophysiologists have been impacted personally and professionally by this global catastrophe. In this joint article from representatives of the Heart Rhythm Society, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association, we identify the potential risks of exposure to patients, allied healthcare staff, industry representatives, and hospital administrators. We also describe the impact of COVID-19 on cardiac arrhythmias and methods of triage based on acuity and patient comorbidities. We provide guidance for managing invasive and noninvasive electrophysiology procedures, clinic visits, and cardiac device interrogations. In addition, we discuss resource conservation and the role of telemedicine in remote patient care along with management strategies for affected patients.
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The authors acknowledge several members of the Heart Rhythm Society, the American College of Cardiology Electrophysiology Section, and the American Heart Association Electrocardiography and Arrhythmias Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology, and the World Health Organization, all of whom have provided significant input into these recommendations.
- Health planning guidelines
- Practice guideline
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article
- Practice Guideline