What is the interplay between COVID-19, cardiovascular disease and healthcare systems?

Bottom Line:

It is imperative to consider the interplay between COVID-19, cardiovascular disease, and the various stakeholders including patients, healthcare workers and healthcare systems to improve the health of at-risk and infected patients.

Reference:

Driggin, E. et al. Cardiovascular considerations for patients, health care workers, and health systems during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2020.03.031

Date Published:

19 March 2020

Synopsis:

Individuals living with preexisting cardiovascular disease have an increased risk of severe disease and death if infected with COVID-19. Further, infection itself has been associated with several direct and indirect cardiovascular complications including acute myocardial injury, myocarditis, arrhythmias and venous thromboembolism. Although therapies are currently under investigation to aid in combating COVID-19, these therapies may have cardiovascular side effects. Further complicating these circumstances is the fact that the response to the pandemic can compromise the rapid triage of non-COVID-19 patients with cardiovascular conditions. Finally, healthcare workers may also be at risk of contracting the virus when providing care for cardiovascular patients. It is imperative to consider the cardiovascular risks and various stakeholders including patients, healthcare workers and healthcare systems when determining best care of at-risk and infected patients. 

Summary by: Maria Leis