Coronavirus: What It Means For People With Heart Problems?

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Our heart specialist, Dr. Semitha explains what he knows so far about the Covid-19 pandemic and how it can have an impact on people with heart disease.

If you have blood pressure, heart or circulatory condition –are you at increased risk of coronavirus?

We know that this is a terrifying time for majority of people, particularly if you have a prevailing health problem. Most people with coronavirus (Covid-19) have mild symptoms and do have a full recovery. Having a heart and circulatory ailment perhaps doesn’t make you any more probable to catch coronavirus than anybody else. But if you have a heart condition it might indicate that you could get further ill if you catch it, that is why it’s certainly vital to shield yourself.

Anyone with a heart condition is well-thought-out to be at high risk of developing more severe complications of coronavirus.

It’s significant you keep up to date with the government’s advice and precautionary measures by heart specialist.

Some heart patients are considered at very high risk. This applies to you if:

  1. You have had a transplant at any time, that consist of a heart transplant or lung transplant.
  2. You are pregnant and have serious heart disease (of any type which includes congenital)

These folks are now advised to take care of themselves by staying at home, and decreasing contact with people they live with, for the next few weeks atleast. This is known as ‘shielding’.

Even if you are not at very high risk, you might still be at high risk owing to your heart condition if:

  1. You are suffering heart disease and you’re over 70.
  2. You are suffering from heart and lung disease as well as chronic kidney disease.
  3. You have angina that limits your day-to-day life or indicates you have to use your GTN often.
  4. Heart failure, particularly if it limits your day-to-day life or you’ve been admitted to hospital in connection to your heart failure in the past year or so.
  5. Heart valve disease which is extreme and associated with symptoms (such as if you regularly feel breathless, or you have symptoms from your heart valve problem despite medication, or if you are waiting for valve surgery)
  6. You’re in a recovery stage after recent open-heart surgery in the last 3 months (that includes heart bypass surgery)
  7. Congenital heart disease (of any type)
  8. Cardiomyopathy (any type) if you facing symptoms such as breathing difficulty, or it restricts your day-to-day life, or you’ve been told you have concerns with your heart function

If you are in any of these groups, the advice is the same as for everyone in India (except for the very susceptible, who have to be even more cautious to guard themselves): stay at home and step out only for essential needs.

It’s possible that other circumstances can put you at risk that we aren’t about yet, so it’s significant that everyone works hard not to catch or further spread coronavirus pandemic.

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