Harold Heart & Friends

Harold Heart and Friends

This series of short animations featuring Harold Heart, Dorothy Diabetes, Karl and Klara Kidney and Bernard Brain, aim to raise awareness of the symptoms of cardiovascular, renal and metabolic conditions in type 2 diabetes, and the increased risk for complication in case of viral infection for people living with them.1 The cardiovascular, renal and metabolic systems are interconnected and dysfunction in one system may lead to dysfunction in the other.2,3 Watch the animations to find out more and speak to your healthcare professional if you think you are at risk of cardio-renal-metabolic conditions.

1Costa FF, Rosario WR, Farias A et al. Metabolic syndrome and COVID-19: An update on the associated comorbidities and proposed therapies. Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2020 September-October; 14(5): 809–814. doi: 10.1016/j.dsx.2020.06.016
2Einarson TR et al. Cardiovasc Diabetol 2018;17:83 and Leon BM, Maddox TM. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease: Epidemiology, biological mechanisms, treatment recommendations and future research. World J Diabetes. 2015;6(13):1246–58
3García-Donaire JA, Ruilope LM. Cardiovascular and Renal Links along the Cardiorenal Continuum. Int J Nephrol. 2011;2011:975782.

Click on the links below to be directed to content on each of these conditions: