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Pandemics and chronic diseases: short- and long-term treatment and management considerations

Submission deadline: 31 December 2021
Special Issue Editors
Lee Stoner, PhD, MPH
Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Interests: Lifestyle risk factors; Noninvasive methodologies for assessing cardio-metabolic health; Translation of basic and applied science into public health outcomes
Mark Faghy
University of Derby, Derby, UK
Interests: 1. Understanding recovery and symptom profiles following acute and chronic illness. 2. Developing non-medicinal interventions to improve functional status and quality of life following acute and/or chronic illness. 3. Role of the exercise sciences in the support and development of interventions to support patient wellbeing and quality of life.
Ryan Conners
The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, USA
Interests: 1. Development and impact of aquatic exercise interventions on special populations. 2. Validity and reliability of wearable technology in various sport settings. 3. Assessment of physiological and sport performance measures in youth with disabilities.
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,


The ongoing and seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic is not only a global health crisis, but it has also highlighted a number of pre-existing health problems, including access to health care, greater severity of COVID-related complications for those with cardiometabolic diseases, and the added complexities underserved populations face with seeking and gaining access to essential healthcare services. Additionally, the pandemic has impacted lifestyle behaviors for many, including high amounts sedentary behavior, low amounts physical activity, poor sleep, and high levels of psychological stress. Ironically, these lifestyle behaviors could be characterized as pandemics even before the advent of COVID-19. Of particular concern, these lifestyle behaviors increase the risk of cardiometabolic diseases and may contribute to a greater likelihood of an individual experiencing health complications following COVID-19. 

Whilst the progression of treatments and vaccines will prevent sustained mortality and reduce transmission rates, the legacy of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact upon global health There are many questions that require addressing, including but not limited to the following:
· What are the long-term cardiometabolic health complications for those who contracted COVID-19? 
· What are the long-term implications for mental health, and what impact will long-term poor mental health have on cardiometabolic diseases? 
· Will the lifestyle behaviors adopted during COVID-19 continue following the resumption of “normal” life? 
· Following COVID-19, will the health gap for underserved populations be heightened? 
· What adaptations will various healthcare employees and providers (e.g., occupational therapists, primary care physicians etc.) need to make in order to accommodate the needs of patients? 
· What impacts will poor physical and mental health have on national and global economies?
· What kind of data are we collecting to help solve these potential problems? 
· Where should we be focusing public health policy? 

On behalf of HL-PIVOT (Healthy Living for Pandemic Event Protection) and Exercise is Medicine? (EIM) Underserved & Community Health, this special issue aims to expand the discourse related to the long-term impact of COVID-19 on individual and public health. We welcome any of article types accepted by RCM, including original research, case reports, reviews, and short communications.


Dr.  Lee Stoner, Dr. Mark Faghy and Dr. Ryan Conners

Guest Editors

Lifestyle’ cardiometabolic
Underserved populations
Public health
Global health
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Published Paper (4 Papers)
Open Access Review
COVID-19 and the long-term cardio-respiratory and metabolic health complications
Ruth Ashton, Paul Ansdell, Emily Hume, Tom Maden-Wilkinson, ... Mark Faghy
Open Access Systematic Review
Epidemiology, risk factors and prognosis of cardiovascular disease in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic era: a systematic review
Garyfallia Pepera, Marina-Sofia Tribali, Ladislav Batalik, Ivo Petrov, Jannis Papathanasiou
Open Access Original Research
Racial differences in cardiopulmonary outcomes of hospitalized COVID-19 patients with acute kidney injury
Obiora Egbuche, Temidayo Abe, Shirley I. Nwokike, Opeyemi Jegede, ... Melvin R. Echols
Rev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2021, 22(4), 1667–1675;
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