Document Type : Letter to Editor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran
A type of viral pneumonia that broke out in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and new strains of it are spreading rapidly around the world, is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The incidence of cardiovascular complications has increased both in the general population and in patients diagnosed with the disease during the COVID-19 epidemic. One of the conditions is stress cardiomyopathy, which may be related to COVID-19. During the COVID-19 epidemic, stress cardiomyopathy may be present as a complication of acute infection or as an indirect consequence of quarantine. These conditions have created complications in patient care that have led to increased adverse outcomes, hospitalization, and medical costs. Stress cardiomyopathy is caused by various emotional and physical stressors such as anger, sadness, happiness, surgery, multiple medications, general anesthesia, and infectious diseases. The outbreak of the new coronavirus has posed an ongoing challenge for these patients with several medical and economic consequences. Providing useful information on stress and COVID-19 to people with heart disease and their families can be very important, and also, education and psychotherapy of heart patients can reduce the number of hospitalization and their complications.
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