Testing cardiovascular autonomic function in the COVID-19 era: lessons from Bologna’s Autonomic Unit

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Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way most medical procedures are performed. Autonomic units, as well as other healthcare sectors, are required to undergo a thorough reorganization of the protocols in order to guarantee the safety of patients and healthcare staff. Cardiovascular autonomic function testing (CAFT) is necessary in certain situations; however, it poses several concerns which need to be addressed. Here, we provide some practical advice based on current national and international health authorities’ recommendations and our experience about how to perform CAFT during the COVID-19 emergency. We examine aspects regarding patients, healthcare staff, laboratory preparation, and test performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Autonomic Research
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2020

Keywords

  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Autonomic units
  • Cardiovascular autonomic testing
  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology

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