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Echocardiography Abnormal Findings and Laboratory Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic at a High Volume Center in New York City

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Department of Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY 10461, USA
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Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10467, USA
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Department of Health and Human Services, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
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Department of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10467, USA
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Department of Radiology, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10467, USA
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Healthcare 2020, 8(4), 534; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040534
Received: 31 October 2020 / Revised: 24 November 2020 / Accepted: 24 November 2020 / Published: 3 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19: Impact on Public Health and Healthcare)
(1) Background: This study sought to explore how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affected the echocardiography (TTE) laboratory operations at a high volume medical center in New York City. Changes in cardiac imaging study volume, turn-around time, and abnormal findings were analyzed and compared to a pre-pandemic period. (2) Methods: Volume of all cardiac imaging studies and TTE reports between 11 March 2020 to 5 May 2020 and the same calendar period in 2019 were retrospectively identified and compared. (3) Results: During the pandemic, our center experienced a 46.72% reduction in TTEs, 82.47% reduction in transesophageal echocardiograms, 83.16% reduction in stress echo, 70.32% reduction in nuclear tests, 46.25% reduction in calcium score, 73.91% reduction in coronary computed tomography angiography, and 87.23% reduction in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. TTE findings were overall similar between 2020 and 2019 (all p ≥ 0.05), except for a significantly higher right ventricular systolic pressure in 2020 (39.8 ± 14.2 vs. 34.6 ± 11.2 mmHg, p = 0.012). (4) Conclusions: Despite encountering an influx of critically ill patients, our hospital center experienced a reduction in the number of cardiac imaging studies, which likely represents a change in both patient mindset and physician management approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: echocardiography; COVID-19; healthcare echocardiography; COVID-19; healthcare
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Pang, L.; Stahl, E.P.; Fujikura, K.; Chen, M.; Li, W.; Zhang, M.; Levsky, J.M.; Travin, M.I.; Ho, E.C.; Goldberg, Y.; Taub, C.C. Echocardiography Abnormal Findings and Laboratory Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic at a High Volume Center in New York City. Healthcare 2020, 8, 534. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040534

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Pang L, Stahl EP, Fujikura K, Chen M, Li W, Zhang M, Levsky JM, Travin MI, Ho EC, Goldberg Y, Taub CC. Echocardiography Abnormal Findings and Laboratory Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic at a High Volume Center in New York City. Healthcare. 2020; 8(4):534. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040534

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Pang, Li; Stahl, Eric P.; Fujikura, Kana; Chen, Michelle; Li, Weijia; Zhang, Ming; Levsky, Jeffrey M.; Travin, Mark I.; Ho, Edwin C.; Goldberg, Ythan; Taub, Cynthia C. 2020. "Echocardiography Abnormal Findings and Laboratory Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic at a High Volume Center in New York City" Healthcare 8, no. 4: 534. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040534

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