The Cardiologist at the Time of Coronavirus: A Perfect Storm

Claudio Rapezzi; Roberto Ferrari


Eur Heart J. 2020;41(13):1320-1322. 

In This Article

Effects on the Cardiologist—The Acute "Congress and Seminar Deprivation Syndrome"

In the last month, the vast majority (if not all) local, regional, and national medical congresses in Italy have been cancelled by government decree; international congresses in the rest of Europe are suffering the same fate. University lectures have been suspended or substituted with e-learning where possible. The common aim of these measures it to reduce the infection from countries at risk or with a high rate of infection and slow the infection rate by reducing interpersonal contact to a minimum.

The effect on the calendar of physicians in general, and cardiologists in particular, has been stunning since the Cardiology community has one of the highest number and frequency of medical meetings. It can be estimated that an academic cardiologist, one who is a department director, opinion leader or engaged in multicentric clinical trials, is involved with 40–60 events over the course of a year. The acute deprivation of these meetings leads not only to a sudden availability of time, but also to a reduction of intellectual (and thereby neurohormonal) stimulation related to these events, as well as a suspension of routine.