CSC Expert Consensus on Principles of Clinical Management of Patients With Severe Emergent Cardiovascular Diseases During the COVID-19 Epidemic

Circulation. 2020 May 19;141(20):e810-e816. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.047011. Epub 2020 Mar 27.


In response to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China, the Chinese Society of Cardiology (CSC) issued this consensus statement after consulting with 125 medical experts in the fields of cardiovascular disease and infectious disease. The over-arching principles laid out here are the following: 1) Consider the prevention and control of COVID-19 transmission as the highest priority, including self-protection of medical staff; 2) Patient risk assessment of both infection and cardiovascular issues. Where appropriate, preferential use of conservative medical therapeutic approaches to minimize disease spread; 3) At all times, medical practices and interventional procedures should be conducted in accordance with the directives of the infection control department of local hospitals and local health commissions.

Keywords: Coronavirus disease; cardiovascular disease; consensus; disease management.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Cardiology Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / psychology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / therapy
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Professional-to-Patient / prevention & control
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Risk Assessment
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Telemedicine