COVID-19 pandemic: what consequences for cardiac rehabilitation?



The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spreading all around the world has stressed over its capabilities and determined profound changes in the health systems in all countries and has caused hundreds of thousand deaths. Health professionals have been called to a tremendous effort to deal with this emergency, often contaminating or succumbing themselves to the disease.

COVID-19 have an increased risk of severe disease and worse outcome, including death. Patients with COVID-19 infections have profound involvement not only of the pulmonary system, but also variegate involvement of other organs (multi organ failure, MOF), particularly of cardiovascular system (mainly through acute hypoxic myocardial injury, myocarditis, arterial and venous thromboembolism).

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