Background: The COVID-19 outbreak harmed acute coronary syndromes. During the national lockdown in Italy, the fear of post-admission contagion translated into significant delays in seeking medical help among STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) patients.
Our analysis aimed to assess the ACS (Acute Coronary Syndromes) admissions during the pandemic, together with time to presentation and clinical outcomes compared to 2019 in a cardiovascular hub in Milan. Data of ACS patients admitted during the pandemic year 2020 were extracted by the hospital's database and compared to a historical cohort of patients admitted for the same clinical indications in 2019.
The bimodal "rise and fall" ACS curve overlapping COVID-19 pandemic peaks. Trabattoni D, Ravagnani PM, Merlino L, Montorsi P, Bartorelli AL. Am J Cardiovasc Dis. 2021 Jun 15;11(3):295-299