Coronavirus (COVID-19) and heart failure
We understand that many of our patients are concerned about coming into hospitals or clinics at the moment. Please be assured that all of the hospitals where Matt sees patients have established COVID-secure measures to keep everyone safe.
COVID safety measures at our clinics include:
Limiting appointment times and numbers in waiting rooms
Social distancing measures
Wearing face coverings and PPE
Increased hand washing and use of hand sanitiser
Regular testing for hospital staff
Additional cleaning routines
We’ll always explain the safety measures in place at a hospital before you attend your appointment, and we’re happy to answer any questions.
We also offer telephone and video consultations. And we can include family members via Zoom or Microsoft Teams if it’s difficult for them to attend your appointment. Just call to discuss which options are right for you.
If you’re concerned about your symptoms, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Common questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We’ve put together some answers to common questions about how COVID-19 affects people with heart conditions or heart failure..
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. Over the past year we’ve also had a number of patients experiencing changes to their heart health having had covid, also known as long covid.
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:
These include those who:
have had a heart transplant
are pregnant and have 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 and by now everyone in the category should have been offered two vaccines.
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.
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