COVID-19 and the Heart and Vasculature

Novel Approaches to Reduce Virus-Induced Inflammation in Patients With Cardiovascular Disease

Originally published 20 Jul 2020 | Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge and opportunity for translational investigators to rapidly develop safe and effective therapeutic interventions. Greater risk of severe disease in COVID-19 patients with comorbid diabetes mellitus, obesity, and heart disease may be attributable to synergistic activation of vascular inflammation pathways associated with both COVID-19 and cardiometabolic disease. This mechanistic link provides a scientific framework for translational studies of drugs developed for treatment of cardiometabolic disease as novel therapeutic interventions to mitigate inflammation and improve outcomes in patients with COVID-19.

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