HEART FAILURE AND CORONAVIRUS
Restrictions are easing across the nation because coronavirus is still a major threat that leaves people wondering if it’s safe to go outside. People with heart failure are also unsure if it’s safe to get back to a normal routine already. Keep in mind that people with heart failure are at risk of being seriously ill when they get the coronavirus. If you have a history of heart disease or have a risk factor for stroke or heart disease, stay informed, and be cautious. If you’re going out, make sure you know the situation in your community, assess your risk, and never hesitate to seek medical advice from an expert. The following might be a great help for you;
1. Catch-Up Appointments With Your Doctor
Your doctor might offer a video meeting, phone call, or in-person visits. Make a catch-up with them especially if there are any changes in your health status. Be sure that you are ready to update including diet or weight changes, sleep issues, and other illnesses. Your doctor wants to know how home monitoring of the chronic condition is going.
2. Monitor Your Symptoms
You can do the monitoring using an app for self-management. If you have heart failure, the most vital thing you can do is to manage your symptoms and tell the changes to your healthcare team. They can help you monitor your symptoms before you visit the hospital. You can search for an app that you can use for your self-management. Download it on your smart devices and it will help you track your symptoms for free.
3. Maintain Daily Goals
You must aim to get plenty of physical activity each day. Additionally, follow your heart-healthy diet, and take your medications as prescribed. Also, you can follow these;
- Monitor your weight and report if there is an increase of two to three pounds or more to your health care teams
- Be mindful of swelling in your legs
- Observe chest pain and shortness of breath
- Figure out if you get restful sleep
- Check if you can do the same level of physical activity you did the day before
4. Reschedule Missed Screenings Or Procedures
Work with your healthcare team to reschedule your missed screenings and procedures. If it is a personal visit, social distancing, good hand hygiene, and wearing face masks are a must. These practices lessen the chance of infection. Their lots of offices of the doctor require patients to check their temperature first and wear face masks.
5. Take Of Your Lungs
Coronavirus disease is known to be a respiratory disease therefore keeping your lungs healthy must be on your to-do list. Do not vape or smoke. If you do, find means to help you quit.
6. Plans For Future Medical Care
Any healthcare checklist could include discussions with family about future health decisions just in case there is a serious condition. Know any healthcare team in your community that provides resources to help.
7. Seek Support
It is normal to feel confused and scared when managing heart failure especially this time of the pandemic. You can connect with caregivers and survivors for support virtually. It is easier to cope when you know you are not alone.