Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday 11th March1. This infectious disease is a respiratory illness that has and continues to spread and significantly impact many people across the world.
Research has found that patients with cardiovascular disease, particularly coronary artery disease and hypertension, and those who have survived a stroke, are at an increased risk to being infected by the coronavirus and that their symptoms may become more severe2.
Therefore, it has been strongly recommended by the Australian Federal Government to stay at home in an effort to slow down the spread of the virus3.
The American Heart Association has released an extensive and informative resource page including links to:
- What heart patients should know about coronavirus
- Statement about patients who take ACE-i and ARBs who contract Covid-19
Additionally, they’ve included suggestions for staying active and eating healthy given the strong advice to self distance and self-isolate at home, as well as, tips for dealing with stress and important links to learn about what centres for disease control and prevention are saying.
To access all of their advice and recommendations, click here.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have released their 7 Steps for the prevention and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit their website for the latest, accurate information about the disease.
The symptoms of coronavirus can present as:
- Sore throat,
- Fatigue, and
- Shortness of breath4.
If you are concerned, call the National Coronavirus Helpline for advice. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1800 020 080
Written by Tylah McDonald
and edited by Shane Bassett, Clinical Content Director, Connect The Docs, RN/BN/CCRN
Image Credit: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
To find a General Practitioner (GP) or a Cardiologist near you, visit www.hopeforhearts.com.au/specialists