CVD services need to actively manage COVID-19 threat, experts say

A new consensus document sets out the evidence for best protecting patients and staff

Patients with underlying CVD have the highest risk of mortality from COVID-19 and cardiac services need to put strategies in place to protect them, leading cardiologists warn.

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People with CVD are 5-10 times more likely to die from coronavirus infection than their peers without the disease, according to a new consensus statement on the practical implications of the pandemic, endorsed by peak cardiac clinical societies in Australia and New Zealand.