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Coronavirus Disease 2019: Cardiovascular Complications

Author: Noah Carpenter, MD and Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 2 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

A diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019 in individuals with pre-existing cardiovascular disease can lead to worsening cardiovascular damage or disease in the patient and it may complicate the treatment of the disease. The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 virus, which causes COVID-19, may also lead to cardiovascular damage or disease in an otherwise healthy person. Shortly after the coronavirus reached the level of a pandemic, health professionals began treating patients with pre-existing cardiovascular complications who became infected with the virus. The following sections will cover the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and treatment of specific cardiovascular complications and their association with COVID-19. This is a new area of practice with evolving medical guidelines and recommendations.

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Course Syllabus

I.    Introduction

II.    COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease

1. CVD and COVID-19 Transmission
2. Detecting Pre-existing Cardiovascular Conditions
3. COVID-19 Inflammation and CVD Risk
4. Treatment Recommendations

III.    Epidemiology

1. Cardiac Arrhythmias
2. Heart Failure
3. Myocardial Damage

IV.         Pathophysiology of CVD in COVID-19 Patients

1. Primary Mechanisms of CV Damage/Complications
2. Secondary Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Damage/Complications

V.         Clinical Presentation and Treatment

VI.    Thrombotic Complications of COVID-19

1. Epidemiology
2. Pathophysiology and Clinical Presentation
3. Laboratory Abnormalities and Evaluation
4. Anticoagulation Treatment

VII.    Case Study: Cardiovascular Disease in a COVID-19 Patient


VIII.    Summary


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