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Cardiovascular Health in the COVID-19 Era

A Call for Action and Education
      The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a viral infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus-2, has reached pandemic status worldwide.
      • Bennett C.E.
      • Anavekar N.S.
      • Gulati R.
      • et al.
      ST-segment elevation, myocardial injury, and suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients: diagnostic and treatment uncertainties.
      COVID-19 primarily burdens the health care system by virtue of its high infectivity, respiratory compromise, and need for critical care supplies such as mechanical ventilators and hemodialysis units. As a consequence of these concerns, the United States Presidential guidelines, on March 16, 2020, recommended stopping all elective procedures and surgeries and nonessential clinic visits, which was endorsed by multiple professional societies and bodies including the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
      The President's coronavirus guidelines for America: 30 days to slow the spread.
      These recommendations have significant ramifications for elective, urgent, and emergent cardiovascular conditions, which we seek to highlight in this perspective piece.
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