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

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· Deadline for manuscript submissions:  31 December 2021

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        Dr. Lee Stoner

        University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

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Interests: 1. Interactions between lifestyle risk factors and cardio-metabolic disease etiology. 2. Development and interpretation of noninvasive methodologies for assessing cardio-metabolic health. 3. The translation of basic and applied science into public health outcomes.

        Dr. Mark Faghy

        University of Derby, Derby, UK

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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. 

        Dr. Ryan Conners

        The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, USA

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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


Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://rcm.imrpress.org by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by IMR Press.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1950. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.


Lifestyle; COVID-19; Healthcare; Lifestyle’ cardiometabolic; Cardiovascular; Underserved populations; Public health; Global health

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Planned Papers

Title: Update on Impact of Obesity on COVID-19 Outcomes
Authors: Chip Lavie and Fabian Sanchis Gomar

Title: COVID 19 and the immune system
Authors: Kevin Heffernan

Title: COVID-19 and long-term cerebrovascular complications
Authors: Lee Stoner

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COVID-19 infection and cardiometabolic complications: short- and long-term treatment and management considerations
Lee Stoner, Mark Faghy, Ryan Conners
Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine    2021, 22 (2): 263-265.   DOI: 10.31083/j.rcm2202031
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