Heart Disease

COVID-19 Guide for Heart Patients

It has been months that Coronavirus is here. Despite that, it’s a new virus which is why it has spread like anything but now, after passing eight months in this pandemic, there is much information available on it. Based on this information the medical experts have shared COVID-19 guidelines for heart patients, diabetic patients, older people, and children.

The information on coronavirus suggests that it is most likely to hit a person who has an underlying medical condition or is older. Common looking things like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity, and heart disease increase the risk of getting infected.

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Much of the guidelines are the same for all risk factors, the doctors recommend taking this pandemic seriously and avoid getting it at every cost.

Every day brings a new piece of information which is good because it has helped to control the overall cases. In general, people don’t think that having heart diseases will increase their risk of coronavirus. For obvious reason, one is a heart condition and the pandemic mainly affects the lungs. But what people choose to ignore is that anyone who has impaired immunity has more chances to get infected.

Dr. Mitchell Elkind from Columbia University says that a lack of awareness is behind the high increase in coronavirus cases. Data released by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June reveals that those with underlying medical conditions are 6 times more likely to get infected with coronavirus and 12% more likely to lose their lives than people with adverse health diseases.

The coronavirus spreads through the air and could spread through the sneeze, cough, or talk of the infected person. It is a lot more than just a lung disease which is why the COVID-19 guidelines for heart patients should be read and followed by everyone even with a minor heart problem.

This virus once inside the body can affect all body cells. It is attached to the cells through a protein ACE2 which is the short form for angiotensin-converting enzyme 2.

These proteins, ACE2 are located on all parts of the body which explains why the virus attacks and infects all body cells and not just the lungs. It explains why heart patients are at a higher risk of deadly coronavirus.

Instead of running for every possible treatment after getting infected, it is better not to get infected in the first place. Those who have high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or diabetes are at a significantly high risk of getting the virus.

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Based on all this evidence, the doctors advise heart patients not to leave the house unless necessary. It is better to avoid crowds, maintain a social distance with everyone, and follow good hand hygiene. Overall, try to reduce the outside visits and exposing to the virus.



Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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