According to the American Heart Association elderly people with coronary heart disease or hypertension are more likely to be infected with COVID-19 and to develop more severe symptoms. Stroke survivors also face increased risks for complications. While they are at this higher risk, these patients do not necessarily display different symptoms. In general patients COVID-19 has caused damage to the heart muscle causing myocarditis which is an infection of the heart muscle. In persons who have died the cause of death is a fatal arrhythmia.
People with medical history of heart disease or stroke should keep taking their medication and practice social distancing until there are further developments in a vaccine. The only way to protect yourself from the virus is to stay at least six feet away from others and wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day while avoiding contact with the face.
“The virus’s main target is the lungs. But that could affect the heart, especially a diseased heart, which has to work harder to get oxygenated blood throughout the body,” said Vardeny, an adviser on the American College of Cardiology bulletin. “In general, you can think of it as something that is taxing the system as a whole.”
That could exacerbate problems for someone with heart failure, where the heart is already having problems pumping efficiently.
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