Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been the greatest healthcare challenge our world has faced in recent times.
Though primarily this virus affects the respiratory system, involvement of cardiovascular system with varying degrees of severity is quite common. Also, patients with preexisting cardiovascular disease have a much higher case fatality rate from COVID-19 infection compared to the standard population.
Management of cardiac complications secondary to COVID -19 and also concomitant presentation with cardiac illnesses during COVID-19 present new challenges in the management of such patients, many of whom will need emergency care in a timely manner. Also, the resource allocation and prioritisation of management related issues for such illnesses during these pandemic times will need careful consideration.
In this review the presenters will review the cardiac complication of COVID-19 and their implications on management from an Australian and International perspective. This will be followed by a panel discussion, which will include cardiovascular experts from India, where they will discuss more practical issues and also answer any questions from the audience.
About the speakers
A/Prof Rajeev Pathak
A/Professor Rajeev Pathak is Clinical Director for Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing at the Canberra Hospital, The Australian National University and The Canberra Heart Rhythm Centre. His residency and advanced training in Cardiology were completed at The Canberra Hospital, before pursuing his Doctorate and sub-specialisation in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. His PhD studies were awarded numerous accolades including The University medal, Ralph Reader Award from the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, The Samuel A. Levine Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, the Eric Prystowsky award from Heart Rhythm Society and the Parmley award from The American college of Cardiology. After completion of his PhD, Rajeev was awarded the prestigious Neil Hamilton Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Bushells Fellowship by Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) to join the team of Professor Francis Marchlinski at The University of Pennsylvania.
Upon returning to Australia, Rajeev has established advanced Cardiac Electrophysiological Clinical, Training and Research programs. He has established the Electrophysiology Services at The Canberra Hospital to provide specialised care for cardiac arrhythmias. He is the head of The Heart Rhythm Disorders research group at Australian National University and director of The Canberra Heart Rhythm Centre. Rajeev is committed to education and has established the first ACT Electrophysiology Fellowship Program. He is currently the Principal Investigator in 15 Clinical Trials. Rajeev has made significant contributions to the literature in the field of Cardiac Electrophysiology with over 100 publications, 540 abstracts and 3000 citations. He is frequently invited to national and international scientific meetings and has presented as Plenary Session Speaker. Rajeev has been recognized as an emerging leader by all major cardiovascular societies.
Dr Charles Itty
Dr Itty finished his general cardiology training (DM) at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India before moving to Australia. He did interventional cardiology fellowships at The Canberra Hospital, Canberra and John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia. Dr Itty has also done a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Sydney. Dr Itty is a trained interventional cardiologist with several years of clinical experience. He has worked as a senior staff specialist and director of cardiology at Lismore Base Hospital, Lismore, Australia for many years before returning to Canberra where he started his training in Australia. Currently he works as a staff specialist and interventional cardiologist at The Canberra Hospital. He is also the Deputy Director of Cardiology at The Canberra Hospital. Dr Itty has special interest in interventional cardiology research and teaching. He also has a passion to develop and support systems that deliver excellence in clinical care.