Certain medical conditions raise the risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This includes people with serious heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, and cardiomyopathy. Research paints a sobering reality of the impact of COVID-19 on the heart, finding that the virus takes a toll on the cardiovascular system. If you’re a heart patient concerned about vulnerability to COVID-19, your concerns are valid.
Corrielus Cardiology, led by board-certified cardiologist Dr. Sanul Corrielus, offers a full array of therapies to address the needs of heart patients. If you have a heart condition, it’s crucial that you take extra precautions to reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Our team is dedicated to staying up to date with the latest research on the effects of COVID-19. We’ve gathered some important information to keep you abreast of the latest findings.
Here’s what we know so far:
Heart patients are at elevated risk for serious illness
When you have a condition that affects your heart, any respiratory illness intensifies your risk of health complications. We’ve learned that once it enters your system, COVID-19 causes direct damage to the lungs, which triggers a serious inflammatory reaction. This puts pressure on your cardiovascular system in two ways: Your blood oxygen levels decrease, and blood pressure is impacted.
COVID-19 can make it harder for your heart to do its job of supplying oxygenated blood throughout the body.
We’ve also learned that the risk for serious illness from COVID-19 rises with age.
Heart failure is one of the primary cardiovascular complications of COVID-19. However, the term heart failure isn’t completely accurate. It doesn’t mean that your heart has failed or stopped. Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle fails to pump blood efficiently.
If you’re older and your heart is weak due to existing issues, such as coronary artery disease or hypertension, severe COVID-19 can cause heart failure.
Additionally, the inflammation from COVID-19 can increase lung pressure and make it harder for the heart to pump efficiently. It can also cause inflammation of the heart (myocarditis).
While older people are at a higher risk, younger people aren’t in the clear. Younger people who don’t have heart issues can develop heart failure as a result of a direct viral infection in the heart that leads to myocarditis.
COVID-19 can cause irregular heartbeat and the inflammatory response can cause damage to the lining of your blood vessels. This raises the increase of developing dangerous blood clots.
Factors such as inflammation increase your chances of a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack. If you have a heart condition, it’s crucial for you to check in with a cardiologist.
Unfortunately, these factors can boost your chances of having a heart attack or a stroke. At Corrielus Cardiology, heart patients receive the highest level of care. Dr. Corrielus can monitor you closely to help you stay as healthy as possible.
COVID-19 spreads through droplets in the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Contaminated surfaces spread the virus as well. This happens when you touch a surface contaminated with the virus and then touch your nose, mouth, or eyes.
Keeping a distance of six feet away from others when in public, wearing a mask, preferably with a PM2.5 filter, and regularly and thoroughly washing your hands reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Heart patients are encouraged to stay home unless you must go out for essential duties such as getting groceries or going to the pharmacy. Remaining in touch with your cardiologist is one of the best ways to keep your heart healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s a good idea to track your health while at home. This may mean checking your blood pressure regularly if you have hypertension. If you experience new or worsening symptoms, you should reach out to our team.
We are dedicated to providing patient-centered care with a focus on your overall well-being. To learn more about COVID-19 and your heart health, call our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office for an appointment or book one online.