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In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and derived extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of this disease and to organize dedicated clinical services, the delivery of cardiovascular rehabilitation (CR) is hampered in several European countries. In the near future this disaster for sure will stimulate innovation in CR, particularly for alternative person-tailored, remotely guided, home-based programmes.
At present, in light of the uncertain trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is an urgent need to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in terms of reduced delivery of structured CR in cardiac patients, mainly due to de-powering/closure of CR services and redeployment of CR staff.
Secondly, to promote activity resumption of CR facilities after the crisis, with special consideration to those patients who experienced delays in treating acute cardiac conditions.
For these reasons, the Secondary Prevention and Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) has produced the following recommendations to CR services.
Secondary Prevention and Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC)Update: 7 April 2020
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