Standard definition set released for diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 complications

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The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have released a comprehensive set of data standards to help standardize definitions and set the framework to capture and better understand how COVID-19 impacts cardiovascular health.

Individuals with cardiovascular risk factors or a preexisting cardiovascular condition are at greater risk for severe infection from COVID-19, and there is increased importance of understanding the acute and longitudinal impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, there has not been clarity or consensus on definitions of cardiovascular conditions related to COVID-19. Broad agreement on common vocabulary and definitions is needed to pool or compare data from electronic health records (EHRs), clinical registries, administrative datasets and other databases, and to assess whether these data are applicable to clinical practice and research endeavors.

This document is intended for use by researchers, registry developers and clinicians, and is proposed as a framework for ICD-10 code development of COVID-19-related cardiovascular conditions. The standards are also of great importance to patients, clinicians, investigators, scientists, administrators, public health officials, policymakers and payers.

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