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J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) ; 22(9): 706-710, 2021 09 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1197501

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AIM: To summarize our experience on the implementation of a telemedicine service dedicated to adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients during the lockdown for the first wave of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). METHODS: This is a prospective study enrolling all ACHD patients who answered a questionnaire dedicated telematic cardiovascular examination. RESULTS: A total of 289 patients were enrolled, 133 (47%) were male, 25 (9%) were affected by a genetic syndrome. The median age was 38 (29-51) years, whereas the median time interval between the last visit and the telematic follow-up was 9.5 (7.5-11.5) months. Overall, 35 patients (12%) reported a worsening of fatigue in daily life activity, 17 (6%) experienced chest pain, 42 (15%) had presyncope and 2 (1%) syncope; in addition, 28 patients (10%) presented peripheral edema and 14 (5%) were orthopneic. A total of 116 (40%) patients reported palpitations and 12 had at least one episode of atrial fibrillation and underwent successful electrical (8) or pharmacological (4) cardioversion. One patient was admitted to the emergency department for uncontrolled arterial hypertension, five for chest pain, and one for heart failure. Two patients presented fever but both had negative COVID-19 nasal swab. CONCLUSION: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of telemedicine dramatically increased and here we report a positive experience in ACHD patients. The postpandemic role of telemedicine will depend on permanent regulatory solutions and this early study might encourage a more systematic telematic approach for ACHD patients.


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COVID-19 , Heart Defects, Congenital , Infection Control , Patient Care Management , Patient Preference/statistics & numerical data , Telemedicine , Adult , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , Female , Heart Defects, Congenital/epidemiology , Heart Defects, Congenital/physiopathology , Heart Defects, Congenital/therapy , Humans , Infection Control/methods , Infection Control/organization & administration , Italy/epidemiology , Male , Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care , Patient Care Management/methods , Patient Care Management/statistics & numerical data , Prospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2 , Surveys and Questionnaires , Symptom Assessment/methods , Telemedicine/methods , Telemedicine/organization & administration
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