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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has not left any country spared and health systems face challenges on multiple fronts. Cardiovascular disease is the world’s largest cause of morbidity and mortality. It is emerging as a common risk factor at baseline in the individuals most likely to have poor outcomes from COVID-19 infection. There is little yet known about the potential cardiac complications which may occur following COVID-19 infection, and there are many questions to be answered, whether through epidemiology and basic science or trials and pharmacology. In this blog, “The Heart in the Time of COVID-19”, WHF Emerging Leaders combine global perspective with updates of relevant the most recent science relating to cardiovascular disease and COVID-19. We hope this knowledge will be shared widely and together we can learn how to prevent and treat this disease which is truly unprecedented in its scale.

by: Amitava Banerjee and Pablo Perel

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