Challenges and the innovations in the care of advanced heart failure patients during COVID-19

Amin Yehya, Kevin S. Shah, Sumeet S. Mitter, Nasrien E. Ibrahim, Brett Sperry, Mahek Shah, Sunit Preet Chaudhry, Navin Rajagopalan, Jaime Hernandez-Montfort, Rajeev Mohan, Kevin M. Alexander, Shashank Sinha, Javed Butler, Michelle M. Kittleson

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored our healthcare system’s unpreparedness to manage an unprecedented pandemic. Heart failure (HF) physicians from 14 different academic and private practice centers share their systems’ challenges and innovations to care for patients with HF, heart transplantation, and patients on LVAD support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss measures implemented to alleviate the fear in seeking care, ensure continued optimization of guideline directed medical therapy (GDMT), manage the heart transplant waiting list, continue essential outpatient monitoring of anticoagulation in LVAD patients and surveillance testing post-heart transplant, and prevent physician burnout. This collaborative work can build a foundation for better preparation in the face of future challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-238
Number of pages4
JournalHeart Failure Reviews
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplantation
  • LVAD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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