Your Heart Health and COVID-19
With all of the uncertainty that comes with coronavirus, we do know that people with heart conditions are more likely to develop a serious illness from COVID-19.1 It can be scary if you have a heart condition, but staying informed and following health guidance can help you stay safe and feel in control.
It is especially important for people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19. The best way to do this is to limit your interactions with others and take precautions if you do interact with others. Some tips for staying safe include:
- Wear a mask
- Encourage social distancing
- Wash your hands often
- Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items1
In addition, it is particularly important for those at increased risk of severe illness, including older adults, to receive recommended vaccinations against influenza and pneumococcal disease.1
In terms of ways to manage your heart health, you should:
- Take your medicines exactly as prescribed and follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations for diet and exercise while maintaining social distancing precautions
- Continue angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) or angiotensin-II receptor blockers (ARB) as prescribed by your healthcare provider for indications such as heart failure or high blood pressure
- Make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your heart disease medicines, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure medicines
- Call your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your condition or feel sick
- If you don’t have a healthcare provider, contact your nearest community health center or health department
- Do not delay life-saving treatment or emergency care1
For more information on your heart health and COVID-19, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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