During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, social distancing guidelines have negatively affected the care-seeking behavior of patients with chronic medical condi-tions, including those with cardiovascular disease. We report the case of a 60-year-old man with vague gastrointestinal symptoms who waited more than 1 week to seek treatment for fear of COVID-19 infection. On presentation at another hospital, he was found to have had an anterior myocardial infarction, and he underwent percutaneous coronary intervention to stent an occluded proximal left anterior descending coronary artery. Sub-sequently, the patient experienced refractory cardiogenic shock and, during his transfer to our hospital, refractory ventricular tachycardia, which ultimately proved fatal. (Tex Heart Inst J 2021;48(4):e207390).
|Journal||Texas Heart Institute Journal|
|State||Published - 2021|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2021 by the Texas Heart® Institute, Houston.
- Physical distancing
- ST elevation myocardial infarction/ complications
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine