Special Issue (Ongoing): Short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on psychological and cardiovascular functions Edited by Prof. Lin Lu, Prof. Douglas B. Sawyer, Prof. Fausto J. Pinto, and Prof. Richard Sutton
Dr. Lin Lu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences,
Peking University Sixth Hospital, Beijing, China
Dr. Lu is Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of PKU Sixth Hospital/Institute of Mental Health, Director of PKU National Institute on Drug Dependence, and National Center for Mental Health of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China.
Dr. Douglas B. Sawyer, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
Maine Medical Center and Maine Health, United States.
Dr. Sawyer works at Maine Medical Center and Maine Health where he currently serves as Chief Academic Officer. He is Co-Director of the Myocardial Biology & Heart Failure Research Lab and the Director of the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Acute Care and Rural Health Disparities at Maine Medical Center Research Institute.
Dr. Fausto J. Pinto, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
University of Lisbon, University Hospital Sta Maria/CHULN, Portugal
Dr. Pinto is Dean of Faculty of Medicine at University of Lisbon, Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiology and Heart and Vascular Department at Lisbon School of Medicine, University Hospital Sta Maria/CHULN, and President of World Heart Federation (WHF). He served as President of European Society of Cardiology from 2014 to 2016, and President and founder of the European Association of Echocardiography from 2002 to 2004.
Dr. Richard Sutton, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
Emeritus Professor, Imperial College, United Kingdom
Dr. Sutton has been Professor of Clinical Cardiology, Imperial College, London 2003 and became Emeritus Professor in 2011 (current appointment); has been President of British Heart Rhythm Society (was BPEG) 1990-1995, was joint Founder, President of European Working Group on Cardiac Pacing 1998-2000 (now EHRA) and President of Cardiology section, Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK, was joint Founder; was Editor-in-Chief Europace 1998-2006, now Founding Editor (2007-present).
COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic; this disease affects human mental health as well as multiple organ systems, including the cardiovascular system.
Psychological disorders associated with the novel coronavirus have been steadily increasing since the outbreak of COVID-19, and it is crucial to consider these seriously. It falls upon us, as clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, to take on the task of addressing the mental health and psychosocial support challenges that are associated with the pandemic.
The novel coronavirus can damage the heart and blood vessels in seriously ill patients, causing blood clots, heart inflammation, arrhythmias, and heart failure. The virus tends to have long-term effects.