ARTICLE: Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in the Era of the Coronavirus Pandemic

AUTHORS: Eamon Y. Duffy, Miguel Cainzos-Achirica and Erin D. Michos

JOURNAL: Circulation. 2020 Apr 20. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.047194. [Epub ahead of print]

The World is facing challenging times. COVID-19 is now a global pandemic, and severe cases overwhelm multiple medical centers around the world. Societies struggle to prevent the spread of the disease and effectively treat a rapidly rising number of patients, while not neglecting other health and societal priorities.

This public health crisis has dramatically altered the delivery of preventive cardiology care and healthy lifestyle implementation. In the context of a changing landscape filled with immediate challenges, health interventions that provide long-term benefit may seem counterintuitive and be marginalized. However, continued efforts geared towards preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) should not be disregarded. Although COVID-19 is the most impending health emergency in most countries, CVD remains the leading cause of death in the World, accounting for 17.8 million deaths in 2017, and diabetes and obesity have also become pandemic.1 It is crucial to ensure that even during these trying times, CVD prevention efforts remain top health, social and policy priorities.

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