25 August 2020

WHF Webinar: Health System Disruption Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join the World Heart Federation (WHF) on Thursday 27 August for a special webinar exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted health systems and access to care in different parts of the world.

The interaction between COVID-19 and the cardiovascular system has been a subject of special attention since the early days of the pandemic. Patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypertension and diabetes have all been found to be at increased risk of the more severe consequences of the virus, and there appears to be increasing evidence of long-term damage to the heart among those who have been infected.

COVID-19 has also placed an unprecedented burden on health systems, threatening to exceed hospital capacity and making it challenging for healthcare providers to care for people with CVD.

Moderated by WHF President Prof Karen Sliwa (South Africa), the discussion will feature WHF President-Elect Prof Fausto Pinto (Portugal), WHF Vice President-Elect Prof Jagat Narula (India), Chairman of the Chinese Cardiovascular Association Prof Junbo Ge (China), and President of the Tunisia Heart Foundation Dr Habib Gamra (Tunisia). The webinar will also include interventions by special guest speakers who will discuss the COVID-19 response and its effects in their countries.

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