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Acute infective endocarditis during COVID-19 pandemic time: the dark side of the moon
  • Roberto Lorusso,
  • Antonio Calafiore,
  • Michele Di Mauro
Roberto Lorusso
Maastricht University Medical Centre
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Antonio Calafiore
John Paul II Foundation for Research and Treatment
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Michele Di Mauro
Maastricht UMC+
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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has remarkably impacted the hospital management and the profile of patients suffering from acute cardiovascular syndromes. Among them, acute infective endocarditis (AIE) represented a rather frequent part of these urgent/emergent procedures. The paper by Li and colleagues has clearly shown the higher risk features which patients with diagnosis of AIE presented at hospital admission during the first part (first and second waves) of the outbreak, often requiring challenging operations, but fortunately not associated with worse outcome if compared to results obtained prior to the SARS-2 pandemic. The report discussed herein presents several other aspects worth of discussion and comments, particularly in relation to hospital management and post-discharge outcome which certainly deserve to be highlighted, but also further investigations.
19 Jan 2022Submitted to Journal of Cardiac Surgery
20 Jan 2022Assigned to Editor
20 Jan 2022Submission Checks Completed
20 Jan 2022Editorial Decision: Accept
May 2022Published in Journal of Cardiac Surgery volume 37 issue 5 on pages 1168-1170. 10.1111/jocs.16281