As hospitals, healthcare systems, and healthcare providers strive to reduce the spread of coronavirus, the American Heart Association (AHA) offers tips for heart attack and stroke survivors for secondary prevention during this difficult time.
Based on current information about the COVID-19 virus, it appears that elderly people with coronary heart disease or hypertension are more likely to be infected and develop severe symptoms. Stroke survivors may face increased risk for complications if they develop COVID-19. Staying as healthy as possible by avoiding exposure to the virus through social distancing, respiratory hygiene, and hand washing is essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Similarly, staying healthy with secondary stroke prevention allows people to stay in their homes, preventing infection and lessening health care resource utilization that could otherwise occur.
“A heart attack or stroke is a life-changing event,” said Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director, NYU Women’s Heart Program. “What many people don’t realize is the hidden risks that led to your first event may be managed and, by doing this, you may reduce your risk of having another one.”
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