Resilience and response of the congenital cardiac network in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Italian Society of Pediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Disease

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Abstract

: The worldwide response to the current COVID-19 pandemic has been focused on how to prevent the disease and to protect the high-risk patient from a potentially lethal infection. Several consensus and guidelines articles have been published dealing with the cardiac patient with systemic hypertension, heart transplant or heart failure. Very little is known about the patients, both in the pediatric as well as in the adult age, with congenital heart disease. The peculiar physiology of the heart with a native, repaired or palliated congenital heart defect deserves a specialized care. Hereby we describe the early recommendations issued by the Italian Society of Pediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Disease and how the network of the congenital cardiac institutions in Italy reacted to the threat of potential wide spread of the infection among this fragile kind of patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of cardiovascular medicine (Hagerstown, Md.)
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Adult
  • COVID-19/prevention & control
  • Cardiology/organization & administration
  • Child
  • Heart Defects, Congenital/therapy
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Societies, Medical

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