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During Cardio Week 2020, which will be held virtually until Friday, Argentine and international professionals will discuss the most important topics on the cardiology agenda and the effects of the pandemic.

Change of diet, decrease in physical activity and fewer controls. The coronavirus and the quarantine that was implemented both in Argentina and in most of the world to prevent the spread of the disease generated a heart-damaging cocktail.

This is how the professionals warn that this week -from Monday to Friday- participate in the Cardio Week 2020, organized by the Argentine Federation of Cardiology.

“It is not necessary to stop doing the other controls. People are stopping doing the common consultation or due to chronic problems, or stopping taking the medication. It is happening that they do not consult for fear of being infected,” he revealed Alberto Lorenzatti, president of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology and one of the main exhibitors of the event.

On how COVID-19 affects the cardiovascular system, Lorenzatti explained that there are still no studies to determine what the sequelae it causes.

“For now, we have seen that the virus causes heart failure, coagulation disorders such as thrombosis or arrhythmias. Many affectations of the cardiological system have been described but the sequelae are not well determined,” he said in a dialogue with the news agency Telam.

“Studies are being carried out and some patients presented affectation of the arteries and the heart. We know very little about this virus, we see that it has a selective mortality, especially in those over 65 years of age and in men,” he added.

Among the main problems generated by the pandemic, Lorenzatti spoke of the decrease in patient consultations for fear of contagion of the virus and remarked that controls should not be stopped “.

He also warned that “the quarantine brought changes in diet and less physical activity”.

Under the motto “New Challenges, New Ideas“, the Cardio Week 2020 It will take place until next Friday virtually with Argentine and international exhibitors, in which the most important topics on the current cardiology agenda will be discussed, where the role of professionals in the pandemic will be highlighted.

“The opportunity to do it virtually will give it a greater scope and will allow doctors from all regions of the country to participate in the proposal of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology,” said the organization, which planned workshops, symposia and courses during the five days that this virtual event lasts.

Due to the pandemic, the already installed National Congress of Cardiology could not be held in May in the city of Salta, as planned.

Among the speakers, in addition to Lorenzatti, participate Jose Luis Zamorano, vice president of the European Society of Cardiology, and the American Oscar Cingolani, which in the closing conference will talk about the “Management of Cardiovascular Diseases in Times of Covid-19”.

“In this pandemic we have developed this type of virtual tools. We have more than 6,000 registered and there will be 25 foreign speakers from the US, Europe and Latin America,” said Lorenzatti.

The intention of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology is for this event to become a broad virtual meeting instance, which includes professionals in cardiology and related disciplines, but also other scientific societies and all the actors involved in the comprehensive approach to cardiological diseases.

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