Coronavirus (COVID-19) and heart failure
Many of our patients are concerned about how coronavirus could affect them. We understand this is a worrying time for those with underlying health problems, so we’re continuing to offer advice and support through telephone consultations.
We’ve also put together some answers to common questions our patients are asking. We hope you find this information helpful.
If you’re concerned about symptoms you’re experiencing or would like more advice on coronavirus and heart failure, please get in touch.
Common questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you’re concerned about your symptoms or how coronavirus might affect your heart condition, get in touch. We’re available to offer advice and for telephone consultations.
How will coronavirus affect my heart condition?
Having an underlying health condition, such as a heart condition, doesn’t mean that you’re more likely to catch coronavirus (COVID-19).
The majority of people with coronavirus (COVID-19) will have mild symptoms and make a full recovery. However, some people with heart conditions may become more unwell if they do catch the virus. That’s why it’s vital for those with heart conditions to follow government advice on social distancing, and keep safe.
Which patients are classed as ‘extremely vulnerable’ and need to stay at home for 12 weeks?
Some patients with cardiovascular disease are considered ‘extremely vulnerable’ as they have a particularly high risk of developing severe illness from coronavirus.
These include those who:
have had a heart transplant
are pregnant and have a significant cardiovascular disease such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, thickening of the heart muscle caused by high blood pressure, pulmonary arterial hypertension, valvular heart disease, heart failure, or congenital heart disease
If you are in one of these groups, the NHS will contact you with advice about how to stay safe. Those considered extremely vulnerable are advised to stay home and minimise contact with others. This is called ‘shielding’.
Are any other heart conditions classified as high risk?
Other groups of patients with heart disease that we’re particularly worried about include those with:
Heart disease who are over 70
Heart disease alongside kidney or lung disease
Ongoing angina symptoms
Heart failure that restricts daily life or those who have been admitted to hospital in the past year for heart failure treatment
Heart valve disease
Cardiomyopathy (of any type) with ongoing symptoms that affect daily life
Congenital heart disease
If you fall into one of these groups, please follow the advice to stay at home and only go out for essential purposes like shopping for food or for any medical need.
If you’re concerned about symptoms you’re experiencing or would like more advice on coronavirus and heart disease, please get in touch. We’re available to offer advice and for telephone consultations.
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