Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science




Lori McVay, PA-C


Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review complications of COVID19 specific to the cardiovascular system.

Method: Research was done by using the search terms COVID19, SARS-CoV-2, and cardiovascular complications on PubMed.

Results: Outcomes are worse for COVID19 patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. The cardiovascular sequelae of COVID19 are significant and should be considered in this patient population in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Conclusion: There are multiple acute and life-threatening cardiovascular complications of COVID19, particularly for those with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. There may be long-term sequelae of the viral infection as well. Provider awareness of these complications is paramount to prevention and rapid treatment of frequently encountered cardiovascular involvement among patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. There are additional considerations and implications on cardiovascular outcomes not directly related to the virus. Continued research and follow-up are essential to the improvement of diagnostic and management modalities, as well as developing a better understanding of short- and long-term outcomes.


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