SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; coronavirus infections/complications; cardiac arrhythmias; cardiac arrhythmias/epidemiology; pandemics; viral pneumonia; hypokalemia; prolonged QT; EKG abnormalities; myocardial injuries


Cardiology | Circulatory and Respiratory Physiology | Virus Diseases


Coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) has become one of the most recognized viral illnesses to date. Most people infected with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) have a benign clinical course, but there have also been catastrophic outcomes. Although, notoriously known to affect the respiratory system, extra-pulmonary manifestations have also been established. An increasing number of people have been reported to present with cardiac manifestations, which include but are not limited to arrhythmias. The cardiac conduction system can be damaged by various mechanisms in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. In this review, we will attempt to briefly describe the arrhythmogenic potential of SARS-CoV-2 and the factors that play a key role in the electrophysiological pathology seen in COVID-19.