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

H. M. C. Kemps*, R. W. M. Brouwers, M. J. Cramer, H. T. Jorstad, E. P. de Kluiver, R. A. Kraaijenhagen, P. M. J. C. Kuijpers, M. R. van der Linde, E. de Melker, S. F. Rodrigo, R. F. Spee, M. Sunamura, T. Vromen, M. E. Wittekoek, Committee for Cardiovascular Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-390
Number of pages4
JournalNetherlands Heart Journal
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac telerehabilitation
  • Telemonitoring
  • Coronary artery disease


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