Acute infective endocarditis during COVID-19 pandemic time: the dark
side of the moon
The COVID-19 pandemic has remarkably impacted the hospital management
and the profile of patients suffering from acute cardiovascular
syndromes. Among them, acute infective endocarditis (AIE) represented a
rather frequent part of these urgent/emergent procedures. The paper by
Li and colleagues has clearly shown the higher risk features which
patients with diagnosis of AIE presented at hospital admission during
the first part (first and second waves) of the outbreak, often requiring
challenging operations, but fortunately not associated with worse
outcome if compared to results obtained prior to the SARS-2 pandemic.
The report discussed herein presents several other aspects worth of
discussion and comments, particularly in relation to hospital management
and post-discharge outcome which certainly deserve to be highlighted,
but also further investigations.