What Coronavirus Means for People With Heart Conditions
We know that Coronavirus can be a very frightening experience for everyone, especially if you have some sort of underlying health condition, in this case a heart condition. The majority of people with CoVid-19 have mild symptoms and make a full speedy recovery. Having a heart condition doesn’t make you any more likely to catch it compared to others, however it does mean it could affect you worse in the event that you are infected, this is why it’s extremely important to stay inside and protect yourself where possible. This is what we know about Coronavirus (CoVid-19) and how it could affect you when living with a heart condition.
Do I have an increased risk of coronavirus if I have a heart condition?
As previously explained, it does not increase your chance of catching the killer virus, however anyone with a heart condition is considered high risk to more severe complications of Coronavirus. It is important to constantly update yourself with the government’s advice. Depending on the severity of your heart condition, you could be considered extremely high risk if:
- You have had a transplant at any time
- You are pregnant and have a significant heart disease
These people are told to stay inside and isolate themself, including distancing themselves from the people they live with, for the next 12 weeks. This is known as shielding and if you are considered high risk you will be directly contacted by the NHS with further advice. If you haven’t received any advice or are just seeking more you should contact a GP or specialist doctor such as OneWelbeck, they will provide you with all the details and helpful advice you might need in order to stay safe.
Should I Phone 999 or go to Hospital if I’m Worried About my Health?
Whether or not you have Coronavirus symptoms, it is vital that you phone 999 if you have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. Recent information gathered from Italy shows that some people are not seeking help for possible heart related issues and in return are needing more intensive care or are suffering long term heart damage.
Despite the immense pressure the NHS is under, you should always contact 999 if you are experiencing any sort of symptoms regarding heart problems.
What Should I do to Avoid Coronavirus
It’s not just down to the NHS to solve this pandemic, it’s down to each and every person to do their part to prevent the spread of the virus. This advice applies to everyone and is even more important as a way to help avoid passing it onto those who are vulnerable.
Following Boris Johnson’s recent message to the United Kingdom, you should:
– Stay at home
– Only go outside to buy food when needed, for any medical need, for exercise (once a day) and for work when it is absolutely not possible to work from home.
– Wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds as much as possible especially after being outside
– Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands)
The government says lockdown is likely to last three weeks or more. The quicker everyone plays their part, the quicker we get rid of the virus.