Post-Covid Cardiovascular Diseases
What happens if I have already got cardiovascular disease (heart or circulatory)?
It is crucial to never ignore how you feel, particularly if you begin to experience the following symptoms:
Worsening chest pain
Shortness of breath
Or palpitations and fainting!
Please do not delay in getting help and call 911 if you develop any of the above symptoms.
People with existing heart conditions might have some additional concerns about catching the COVID. You are no more at risk of catching the virus than anyone else but if you do then you can become sicker. As COVID affects the lungs, it could also have an effect on the heart. The lungs and heart are interlinked, with the lungs oxygenating the blood the heart pumps. This could put someone with heart disease at further risk because the body already has an existing condition to ‘cope with’.
Patients with heart disease also tend to have other medical conditions, for example, high blood pressure and diabetes, which puts them at a higher risk of developing a serious disease from the virus.
It is crucial that you continue taking the medication that has been prescribed for you. Otherwise, this can have an effect on your overall condition and possibly make you feel worse. If you have any concerns or queries about your medication please talk to your local pharmacist or your General Practitioner (GP). Your local surgery or pharmacist could organize a delivery for you.
If you do require to be admitted to the hospital, please remember to bring an up-to-date list of your medication with you.
It is strongly suggested you continue medications that treat high blood pressure, for example, ACE-Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers. There have been reports that these medications might increase both the risk of infection and the seriousness of COVID. Although, there is not enough evidence to support this warning. (Statement from European Society of Cardiology).
Hospitals have had to postpone many non-urgent hospital appointments and planned procedures because of the COVID outbreak. These decisions have been made in line with national guidelines. Patients should be contacted by their local hospital teams to see how their appointment has been affected and you might be offered another appointment when it is safe to do so.
Some appointments might go ahead and these will be offered either face-to-face (urgent appointments) or via telephone.
If you are not sure what has happened to your appointment then please contact your local hospital switchboard or ring the number on the appointment letter.
Although, it is crucial to remember that you should not attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus or have suffered from sickness or diarrhea in the last forty-eight hours.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from post covid cardiovascular diseases, our expert providers at Post Covid Centers will take care of your health and help you recover.