Recovering after a heart attack
It can take a while to come to terms with having a heart attack, but everyone is different. For some people, their recovery will be quick. For others, it may take longer. Some people worry about having another heart attack, or not being able to do as much as before. Try not to think too far…Read More
Are you at risk of high cholesterol?
High cholesterol can lead to life-changing health problems. But these can be avoided if you get tested, as Senior Cardiac Nurse Philippa Hobson explains. High cholesterol symptoms Most people with high cholesterol don’t have any symptoms. You can’t feel your cholesterol level increasing, so you might not realise there is a problem until you have…Read More
Who else is at high risk from coronavirus?
As well as the groups above, you’re classed as at high risk from coronavirus if one of these applies to you. These mean you’re at higher risk of getting seriously ill from the disease than someone who doesn’t have a health issue – it doesn’t mean you have to stay home and not go out…Read More
I have heart valve disease – am I at increased risk from coronavirus?
Yes, you are at high risk if you have heart valve disease (for example, a leaky or narrowed valve). You are considered particularly high risk if your valve disease is severe and causes symptoms (such as if you regularly feel breathless, or you have symptoms from your heart valve problem despite medication), or if you are waiting…Read More
I have heart failure – am I at increased risk from coronavirus?
If you have heart failure (including congestive heart failure) that causes symptoms such as breathlessness or tiredness, then you are classed as at high risk. This means if you catch coronavirus you are more likely to get seriously ill than other people who don’t have health issues. If you’re also over 70, or your heart failure restricts your…Read More
I have diabetes – am I at increased risk from coronavirus?
If you have diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2), you are considered at high risk, which means if you catch coronavirus you could get more ill than other people who don’t have a health problem. Research looking at people who go into hospital with coronavirus has found that those with diabetes are more likely to die, although…Read More
I’ve had heart surgery recently – am I at increased risk from coronavirus?
If you’ve had open heart surgery (where your breastbone is cut open) in the last three months, you’re at particularly high risk of complications from coronavirus. You should carefully follow the advice on social distancing and hand-washing, and limit the number of face-to-face interactions you have to reduce your chance of catching the virus. Having…Read More
I have angina – am I at increased risk from coronavirus?
If you have angina that is controlled by medicines, and that does not cause you frequent or severe symptoms, this is still coronary heart disease and means you’re at high risk from coronavirus. This means if you catch coronavirus you are more likely to get seriously ill than other people who don’t have health issues. If you’re…Read More
Covid-19 and the Heart
I have a heart or circulatory condition – am I at increased risk of coronavirus? We know that this is a frightening time for lots of people, especially if you already have a health problem. Most people with coronavirus (Covid-19) have mild symptoms and make a full recovery. Having a heart or circulatory condition probably…Read More
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