Acute infective endocarditis during COVID-19 pandemic time: The dark side of the moon

R. Lorusso*, A.M. Calafiore, M. Di Mauro

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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 Liu et al. has clearly shown the higher risk features which patients with a 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 the worse outcome if compared to results obtained before the SARS-2 pandemic. The report discussed herein presents several other aspects worth discussion and comments, particularly in relation to hospital management and postdischarge outcome which certainly deserve to be highlighted, but also further investigations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1168-1170
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Issue number5
Early online date1 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - May 2022



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