Recommendations on how to provide cardiac rehabilitation services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Neth Heart J. 2020 Jul;28(7-8):387-390. doi: 10.1007/s12471-020-01474-2.


The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis is having a large impact on acute and chronic cardiac care. Due to public health measures and the reorganisation of outpatient cardiac care, traditional centre-based cardiac rehabilitation is currently almost impossible. In addition, public health measures are having a potentially negative impact on lifestyle behaviour and general well-being. Therefore, the Working Group of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation of the Dutch Society of Cardiology has formulated practical recommendations for the provision of cardiac rehabilitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, by using telerehabilitation programmes without face-to-face contact based on current guidelines supplemented with new insights and experiences.

Keywords: Cardiac rehabilitation; Cardiac telerehabilitation; Coronary artery disease; Telemonitoring.

Publication types

  • Review