Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test in the Detection of Unexplained Post-COVID-19 Dyspnea
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there have been cases of prolonged symptoms, known as post-acute or chronic COVID-19 (long COVID). Detecting underlying causes of persistent symptoms in these patients can be challenging.
Interestingly, the authors suggest that before COVID infection, the patient may have had subclinical and asymptomatic heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which was triggered by COVID and clinically manifested.
This case highlights the importance of CPET in identifying hidden cardiopulmonary abnormalities contributing to post-COVID-19 dyspnea and provides further evidence that CPET should be used as a front-line test rather than an afterthought.
- Title: Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test in the Detection of Unexplained Post-COVID-19 Dyspnea
- Authors: Danijela Djokovic, Maja Nikolic, Nemanja Muric, Ivana Nedeljkovic, Stefan Simovic, Ljiljana Novkovic, Vojislav Cupurdija, Zorica Savovic, Jelena Vuckovic-Filipovic, Romana Susa, Ivan Cekerevac
- Published in: International Heart Journal - 2021 Sep 30;62(5)
- DOI: 10.1536/ihj.21-069
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