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Complete heart block in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2: a case series from a developing country

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posted on 2022-02-04, 16:47 authored by Muhammad Hammad Sharif, Abdul Wali Khan, Madeeha Khaleeque, Ammer Haffar, Vikash Jaiswal, David Song, Mohamed Abdelghffar, Saad Ahmad, Talal Almas, Muhammad Hanif
Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) has led to a global pandemic and has been the center of attention across the entire medical community. This novel virus was initially thought to affect primarily the respiratory system, but now it is evident that it has a multitude of effects on the human body. Our point of interest is to establish the effect of COVID-19 infection on the conducting system of the heart. We present a case series of four patients who developed complete heart block (CHB) shortly after being infected with COVID-19 without any previous known risk factors of complete heart block. There have only been a few previous case reports on the occurrence of CHB in COVID-19 patients highlighting the importance and the need of our case series to the literature of cardiovascular outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Our case series highlight that COVID-19 can indeed affect the conduction system of the heart and cause CHB in patients who then recovered spontaneously further elucidating the transient nature of cardiovascular effects caused by the novel virus.



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Published Citation

Sharif MH, et al. Complete heart block in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2: a case series from a developing country. Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2021 ;69:102828.

Publication Date

6 September 2021

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  • Undergraduate Research


Elsevier B.V.


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