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Connecting expertise against COVID-19: An example from Campania

Integerated care is relevant for the management of health emergencies, as demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic by the need of identifying patients at risk of adverse outcome due to multimorbidity and who need to be carefully protected from the infection.

The VIGOUR region Campania and partner Federico II University Hospital Naples (FOUND) are very much involved in the Italian Society of Hypertension (SIIA) working to fight the pandemic from a clinical perspective and by supporting the sharing of data.

In the midst of the pandemic, the Italian Society of Hypertension launched a study to clarify which mechanism is prevalent and plays a role in the clinical manifestation of COVID-19. This fact-finding investigation was aimed at really verifying the impact of therapy with renin angiotensin system inhibitors on the onset and clinical manifestation of the disease COVID-19. Hypertension correlates with death in COVID-19 subjects, and there was a doubt that Sartans or ACE inhibitors might accelerate disease progression.

The Society asked each member to fill in an online questionnaire of 18 questions to collect information on the medical history and the evolution of the disease in COVID-19 patients who would come to their attention, and also to spread the use of this questionnaire to their collaborators, students, specialists for an analysis that is as extensive as possible. The questionnaire can be reached here (Italian only).

The results are currently in press on the prestigious international scientific journal “Hypertension”.

More  information can also be found on the online presence of the Italian Society of Hypertension (SIIA) (Italian only).