Poll: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation

COVID-19 is an ongoing global pandemic with both direct and indirect cardiac consequences.1 Published data has illustrated the increased burden of risk on patients with underlying cardiac disease and high rates of myocardial injury with associated poor outcomes. Additionally, there have been descriptions of a variety of cause-specific cardiomyopathies including stress cardiomyopathy, myocarditis, and demand ischemia with stunning in COVID-19 infected patients. What is less recognized are the indirect effects of COVID-19 on patients with pre-existing heart failure (HF) and changes in practice patterns of HF providers during the pandemic.2,3,4

This survey is intended for providers working at centers that provide advanced HF therapies with left ventricular assist devices and/or heart transplants in order to better define the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation.


  1. DeFilippis EM, Farr MA, Givertz MM. Challenges in heart transplantation in the era of COVID-19. Circulation 2020. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Aslam S, Mehra MR. COVID-19: yet another coronavirus challenge in transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant 2020;39:408-9.
  3. Wooley AE, Mehra MR. Dilemma of organ donation in transplantation and the COVID-19 pandemic. J Heart Lung Transplant 2020;39:410-11.
  4. Ren ZL, Hu R, Wang ZW, et al. Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of heart transplant recipients during the 2019 coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China: a descriptive survey report. J Heart Lung Transplant 2020. [Epub ahead of print].

Clinical Topics: Cardiac Surgery, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Invasive Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, Cardiac Surgery and Heart Failure, Acute Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support

Keywords: Heart Failure, COVID-19, Heart-Assist Devices, Milrinone, Myocarditis, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, Outpatients, Inpatients, Pulmonary Artery, Pandemics, Physical Exertion, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, Heart Transplantation

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