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March 2021 Br J Cardiol 2021;28:7–10 doi:10.5837/bjc.2021.007

COVID-19: treatments and the potential for cardiotoxicity

Sarah Maria Birkhoelzer, Elena Cowan, Kaushik Guha

Abstract

Introduction SARS-CoV-2 has rapidly become a worldwide health emergency. The declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in March 2020 of a global pandemic has underscored the widespread morbidity and mortality caused by the virus. Concerted efforts by healthcare and research communities are ongoing to establish the efficacy and potency of various pharmacotherapeutics. It has been shown that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) affects multiple organs and has heterogeneous effects on the cardiovascular system. This is also accompanied by enhanced morbidity and mortality in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease.1 In urgent e

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