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Anxiety-Driven Cardiopulmonary Complaints during COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak

Version 1 : Received: 19 February 2021 / Approved: 22 February 2021 / Online: 22 February 2021 (15:19:53 CET)

How to cite: Koren, O.; Rajab, S.; Barbour, M.; Shachar, M.; Shahar, A.; Zubidat, K.; Slim, W.; Igbariya3, D.; Rozner, E.; Turgeman, Y.; Mader, E. Anxiety-Driven Cardiopulmonary Complaints during COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak. Preprints 2021, 2021020481 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0481.v1). Koren, O.; Rajab, S.; Barbour, M.; Shachar, M.; Shahar, A.; Zubidat, K.; Slim, W.; Igbariya3, D.; Rozner, E.; Turgeman, Y.; Mader, E. Anxiety-Driven Cardiopulmonary Complaints during COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak. Preprints 2021, 2021020481 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0481.v1).

Abstract

Background We intend to examine whether the COVID-19 outbreak influences medical decision-making (MDM) among Non-COVID patients. Method We recruit 287 patients who admit to ER department due to cardiovascular complaints. Anxiety level was measured using three questionnaires (GAD-7, Beck Inventory, and the cardiac anxiety questionnaire). A fourth survey was designed to assess MDM considerations. Results 64% of patients were male (median age 54). Almost half of the patients were found to have moderate to severe levels of anxiety.79.3% of patients reported that the outbreak influenced their MDM. 44.5% of patients sought medical care 2-3 from the onset of symptoms. Coronary artery disease was found in only 26 patients (9.1%). Almost half of the patients stated that they would have gone earlier if not for the current pandemic. Conclusion Non-COVID patients seeking medical care had a high anxiety level that directly affected decision-making and put them at unnecessary risk.

Subject Areas

Anxiety, Depression; Chest Pain; Covid-19; Dyspnea; Emergency Department; Coronavirus; Decision-Making.

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