Key clinical point: While hospitalizations for acute MI declined sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic, deaths increased.
Major finding: Mortality for ST-segment elevation MI cases more than tripled to 14% during the outbreak, compared with 4% in 2019 (P < .001), and complication rates increased by 80% to 19% (P = .025).
Study details: A multicenter, observational, nationwide survey of 319 admissions for acute MI at Italian cardiac care units for March 12-19 during the COVID-19 outbreak with an equivalent week in 2019.
Disclosures: Salvatore De Rosa, MD, PhD, and colleagues have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
De Rosa S et al. Euro Heart J. 2020 May 15. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa409.