Adapting cardiovascular disease care to the ‘new norm’ of the COVID-19 era: same standard, different delivery

The past year has been challenging for all of us in the NHS.

When looking at the impact of the pandemic on the field of cardiovascular disease (CVD), reduced screening opportunities and cancelled clinics and procedures have caused widespread disruption.

However, there is a positive side. The pandemic has provided a unique opportunity for restructuring CVD services in England. Telemedicine, home monitoring and integration of primary and secondary care are not new concepts in CVD care, yet their increased use over the recent months has served us and our patients well. In fact, the increased uptake of these systems and processes during lockdown have been effective, more convenient and appropriate for the digitally connected age in which we live.

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