Results of the COVID-19 Survey. Impact on Cardiovascular Care in the ARGEN-IAM-ST National Infarction Registry

Heraldo D’Imperio, Juan Gagliardi, Rodrigo Zoni, Adrián Charask, Yanina Castillo Costa, María Pía Marturano, Walter Quiroga, Stella Macín


Introduction: The pandemic declared by WHO for the SARS-CoV-2 virus prepared the Argentine health system for the care ofCOVID-19 cases, but in this scenario the impact on prevalent diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, is unknown.Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in the centers participating in the ARGEN-IAM-ST registry, to investigatethe institutional organization, outpatient care, hospitalization in critical care areas and the situation of health care workers.Results: A total of 80 centers were surveyed; 55% were public institutions and 97% had critical care areas. Ninety-one percentof the institutions created a crisis committee due to the pandemic and 65% took measures for outpatient care due to socialdistancing.In 89% of the centers hospitalizations due to cardiovascular diseases declined by 57% (SD ± 18) and in 24% of the centershealth care workers became infected with SARS-CoV-2.Conclusion: A high percentage of centers participating in the ARGEN-IAM-ST continuous registry created crisis committeesto reorganize the delivery of health care services; almost two thirds of them took measures for outpatient follow-up and therewas a significant decline in bed occupancy for patients with cardiovascular diseases.


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