HEART HEALTHY TIPS DURING PANDEMIC
At this time, you might have overheard that heart health might affect your risk of severe condition from COVID-19. Hypertension and heart disease put you at greater risk, there are things you can do to protect your heart during an outbreak.
WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR HEART
1. New Normal
Keep up with your new normal which is staying at home if possible. Practicing social distancing and looking for medical assistance if you’re having difficulties is also a new normal. Health protocols given by our health experts are the things that people with a heart condition needs to follow for them to prevent from being infected.
There are lots of cardiologists who offer phone calls or video visits to their patients in addition to needed in-person appointments. Communication with your healthcare provider must be your top priority. Take advantage of telemedicine especially this time where you need to prevent being exposed to the virus.
With lots of broadcasts about blood pressure prescriptions and its connection to COVID-19 risk, it is tempting to stop taking them. Continue to take them and if you have concerns, you can contact your healthcare provider. Stopping certain medications would be a mistake without discussing with your doctor or healthcare provider. As of this time, there is one study concluded that there’s no link between blood pressure medications and risk from COVID-19. For other people, these medications could be extremely critical to keep them out of heart failure.
4. Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle and don’t forget the basics;
- Eating healthy
- Getting enough rest
- Be in touch with your doctor
- Monitoring your blood pressure if you have heart failure or hypertension
5. Emergency Care
Distinguish when to look for emergency care for heart complications and COVID-19. You must know the signs of COVID-19. Watch out for these symptoms;
- Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- Chills or fever
- Dry cough
- Muscle pain
- New loss of smell or taste
Stroke and heart symptoms could also signal COVID-19. You need to watch for;
- Loss of vision
- Chest pressure or pain
- Severe headache
- Facial drooping on one side of the face
- Arm weakness
- Numbness on one side of the body
If you think you are having a heart attack or some heart issue, contact your healthcare provider right away to know what to do. You’ll get evaluated so you can get the problem take care of early.
At this moment, you already know the importance of monitoring your health. That is especially you have been diagnosed with hypertension or heart disease and having a risk for developing a cardiac condition. However, COVID-19 has left a lot of people wondering what the best and safest way to get care is. Delaying care because you are scared of coronavirus could lead to long-term health consequences. If you notice new or worsening symptoms, talk to your doctor right away. The best way to prevent some severe condition is by getting care right away.