As coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic progresses, scientists teach us more about the virus and how it progresses.
From the beginning, it is emphasized that people with chronic diseases, including the elderly and individuals with cardiac diseases, are under more risk.
This condition raises a lot of questions for individuals with heart conditions.
Our cardiologists say that “we learn a lot about this disease every day.”
COVID-19 and Cardiac Diseases
Coronavirus is a respiratory disease, which means that it mostly affects the lungs. However, when your lungs are not functioning at full capacity, this pressures your heart, which is trying to meet the oxygen need of your body.
If individuals suffering from coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, or stroke get infected with COVID-19, the virus can increase their current complaints.
Especially elderly patients with heart conditions should protect themselves better.
Precautions Against Coronavirus for Patients Suffering from Cardiac Diseases
First, the fact that you are in the high-risk group does not mean that you will definitely get sick and when you get sick you will have serious complications. However, our most important defense is taking precautions.
Our cardiologists warn us about the importance of following the recommendations of our hospital on decreasing the risk of COVID-19 infection.
To shortly remind these:
Wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizers that include at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your face.
Clean and disinfect the surfaces you regularly touch such as doorknobs, light switches, telephone, and remote controls.
Stay at home.
Keep your social distance. Do not accept house guests especially during this period.
What you should do if you think you have the coronavirus?
If you are showing possible COVID-19 symptoms such as coughing and fever:
Do not stop using your medication and take additional medication unless your doctor recommends it.
Doctors say that "right now we do not know how exactly the medications affect the virus, but we know that not using your blood pressure, cholesterol, cardiac disease or diabetes might be harmful."
If you feel like you are experiencing a cardiac complaint, do not hesitate to go to the doctor due to the pandemic. Especially in our hospital, all protective precautions are taken, and ignoring your complaint due to the virus might cause more serious problems. Do not forget that early diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases can save your life.
If you are experiencing one of the following complaints, it is important that you apply to our hospital:
Chest pain or complaint
Rapid weight loss
Sudden and causeless upper back and arm pain
Cold sweats and nausea
It might be difficult to keep up with your routines during a global pandemic, however, for a healthy heart, it is important that you continue with the diet and exercises your doctor has recommended.