Decrease of Cardiovascular Emergencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

DOI: 10.2478/jce-2020-0011


The new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. Since then, important changes have been observed in the medical world, both in terms of patient management and patient presentations to the hospital. A dramatic decrease in the number of cardiovascular emergencies presenting to the emergency rooms has been reported in every country affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted mainly from the fear of patients to present at the hospital due to the risk of infection with the new coronavirus. Moreover, a significant increase in the time spent for investigations and specialized treatment has been reported for patients suffering from acute cardiovascular diseases. This adds to the longer times reported from symptom onset to presentation, and also to the longer period spent for triage in the emergency room. The aim of this paper is to highlight the dramatic reduction in the number of cardiovascular emergencies during the COVID-19 period and its possible explanations.