COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease in elderly patients: a challenge in the challenge

  • Raffaele Costa Geriatric Unit, Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital of Catanzaro, Italy.
  • Alberto Castagna | albertocastagna@tiscali.it Center for Cognitive Disorders and Dementia - DSS Catanzaro, ASP Catanzaro, Italy.
  • Carlo Torchia Geriatric Unit, Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital of Catanzaro, Italy.
  • Carmen Ruberto Center for Cognitive Disorders and Dementia - DSS Catanzaro, ASP Catanzaro, Italy.
  • Giovanni Ruotolo Geriatric Unit, Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital of Catanzaro, Italy.

Abstract

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic state, in relation to the spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus disease- 2, responsible for the coronavirus disease- 2019 (COVID-19). The pandemical blast of COVID-19 uncovered well known weakness of financial chain and put our economic organizations facing off dramatic consequences if new strategies will not be developed to adapt health-care on detailed sub-groups of patients. Frail individual aged >65 years affected by cardiovascular disease are an aged population that showed a particular attitude to contract infection and a higher mortality rate compared to general population. In this brief article, we will focus on the management of issues related to cardiovascular patients facing coronavirus infection, in particular in the most fragile groups of the population such as the elderly, increasingly numerous and affected by multimorbidity. Protecting aged populations will be a central question, probably primary in everyone’s interest.

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Published
2020-06-15
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COVID-19, elderly, cardiovascular patients.
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Costa, R., Castagna, A., Torchia, C., Ruberto, C., & Ruotolo, G. (2020). COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease in elderly patients: a challenge in the challenge. Geriatric Care, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.4081/gc.2020.9121

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