Cardiac patients at five-times the risk of death if they contract coronavirus

New consensus statement also warns treatment protocols for patients may need to change to protect health workers.

Patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease have a five-fold greater risk of death from COVID-19 than the overall infected population, leading Australian cardiologists say.

Studies also show these patients have triple the risk of developing severe illness from the coronavirus, prompting calls for special precautions to be taken in primary care and in hospitals to minimise the risk to other cardiac patients and health workers.

In a joint consensus statement published in the Medical Journal of