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Dr Malik on ‘Managing the heart during COVID-19’

Dr Malik on 'Managing the heart during COVID-19'

Dr Malik says:

“There have been significant changes in heart disease presentation and management during COVID-19. There was a drop in presentations for heart attacks. In addition,  hospital beds were in short supply, and doctors were sick or sidelined with other duties.

“With the second wave coming, we need to prepare again.  This article from my group at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust helps all of us try to cope better. We were ahead of many in the 1st wave, with PPE protocols, Patient pathways and more. We also began to source our own PPE and set up a fund to help staff in need, on top of the good work done by the national authorities.

Thus we could

  1. Look after patients without COVID-19 disease who have a heart attack
  2. Look after patients with COVID-19 disease who have a heart attack
  3. Look after patients with COVID-19 disease who had serious disease that was mimicking a heart attack

Read the full article here.

Find out more from Dr Iqbal about heart health in COVID times in these blog posts: