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Archivos de cardiología de México

versión On-line ISSN 1665-1731versión impresa ISSN 1405-9940

Arch. Cardiol. Méx. vol.91  supl.2 Ciudad de México ene./dic. 2021  Epub 07-Feb-2022 

Letters to the editor

COVID-19 pandemic and electrophysiological procedures

Procedimientos electrofisiológicos y pandémicos de COVID-19

Rujittika Mungmunpuntipantip1  * 

Viroj Wiwanitkit2 

1Consultant Unit, Private Academic Consultant Center, Bangkok, Thailand

2Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, India

To the editor, we would like to share ideas on “Impact of the coronavirus disease-19 pandemic on electrophysiological procedures at a national referral center.” Cueva-Parra et al. concluded that “The COVID-19 pandemic considerably affected the number of the procedures in our center, reducing it (...)”1. We agree that COVID-19 affects clinical practice worldwide. An elective and non-necessary procedure is usually postponed during COVID-192. Telemedical care might be used in many cases2. However, decision to perform or not to perform a procedure depends on several factors. Local public health policies play important role3. If there is a complete lockdown and it is not possible to access healthcare facilities, reduction in number of procedures is expected. In the present report, there should be an in depth analysis on the pattern of reduction of procedure in different phase of outbreak. A more reduction might be observed during the period with a peak of COVID-19 outbreak.


1. Cueva-Parra A, Muñoz-Benavides G, Fernández-Domenech JA, Gómez-Flores J, Levinstein M, Morales JL, et al. Impact of the coronavirus disease-19 pandemic on electrophysiological procedures at a national referral center. Arch Cardiol Mex. 2021;2021:21000164. [ Links ]

2. Nan J, Zhang T, Tian Y, Song K, Li Q, Fu Q, et al. Impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease pandemic on the performance of a cardiovascular department in a non-epidemic center in Beijing, China. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2021;8:630816. [ Links ]

3. Berman JP, Abrams MP, Kushnir A, Rubin GA, Ehlert F, Biviano A, et al. Cardiac electrophysiology consultative experience at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Indian Pacing Electrophysiol J. 2020;20:250-6. [ Links ]

FundingThis research has not received any specific grant from public, commercial, or non-profit sector agencies.

Ethical disclosures

Protection of human and animal subjects. The authors declare that no experiments were performed on humans or animals for this study.

Confidentiality of data. The authors declare that no patient data appear in this article.

Right to privacy and informed consent. The authors declare that no patient data appear in this article.

Received: September 19, 2021; Accepted: October 19, 2021

* Correspondence: Rujittika Mungmunpuntipantip E-mail:

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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