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COVID-19 at Risk? Heart conditions
April 7, 2020

At Risk? 

What does COVID-19 mean if you have Heart or Circulatory health conditions.

 

We turn our attention in this series of articles to groups who may be considered ‘at risk’ because of the medicines they take at a time of a national pandemic.

 

Although patients with heart conditions are thought to be no more (and no less) at risk of catching COVID-19, it may mean in some cases that you may become more ill if you catch it.

Those considered extremely vulnerable include:

  • those who have had an organ transplant at any time in the past (including heart transplants)
  • those who are pregnant and also have significant heart disease

If you are in one of these groups, you should have received a letter, email or text from the NHS with further advice. If you have not, or if you are unsure if your diagnosis fits within these categories, you should contact your GP, specialist or nurse.

Even if you do not fit into the extremely high risk, you may be at high risk if you have an underlying heart condition and if you fall into certain groups, such as if you are over 70, or have severe angina, heart failure or cardiomyopathy.

 

You can find more detailed information from the British Heart Foundation here:

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health

It’s important to remember that COVID-19 is a new disease, and the facts are still emerging about all the risks, so it is vitally important that we all work together to try not to catch or spread coronavirus.

To protect yourself, and those around you, keep up to date with government announcements on the news, social media, televised updates and in the papers.

 

You can help protect yourself and others by following the latest instructions from the UK government:

  • Stay at home.
  • You can only go out to buy food, for any medical need, for exercise once a day, and for work if this absolutely cannot be done from home.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, including when you return home – do this for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
  • It’s still really important to carry on taking any medication you’ve been prescribed, even if you feel unwell. Ask someone to collect your prescriptions from the pharmacy if necessary.

And remember that if you do fall into one of the higher risk categories, you may need to be practicing self-isolation.

 

Sources:

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Talking Medicines are providing this content for information purposes only, please consult your healthcare professional for any specific advice.

 

 

 

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