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Abstract

Background:

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19 pandemic, it was noticed a decline in cardiovascular cases presentation to the Emergency rooms in many countries, raising many speculations about the reasons and its ramifications?

Objectives:

1-Identify the reasons during this pandemic that refrain patients from seeking medical care and its impact on stress level and medication adherence.

2- emphasize the new role of virtual medicine.

Methods:

A quantitative descriptive cross-section survey study of 388 patients. It has been done in the cardiac outpatient department and conducted virtually through telemedicine.

Results:

Despite this pandemic and its consensuses, the majority of cardiac outpatients will still seek medical advice in case of experiencing symptoms. Nevertheless, the fear of contracting COVID-19 infection, which can alter patient’s decisions from visiting the emergency room and the increase in stress level during these challenging times, is genuine and no more an element of guessing.

Conclusion

The majority of cardiac outpatients will wisely seek medical advice in case of serious cardiac symptoms and are adherent to their medications during this pandemic. Nevertheless, they face many concerns which need to implement a preventive and helping measures to fight the consensuses of COVID-19 such as, patient educations, establishing a hotline to all patients, telemedicine, new phone applications, and delivering medications to patients are essential in such circumstances to ensure continuity of care.

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Received Date

2020-05-24

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