What do I need to know about COVID-19 if I have a heart problem?

If you have diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or underlying health conditions, you are at higher risk from COVID-19. With preparation you can manage your risk and stay healthy. 

  1. Manage your risk: 
  • Stay at home if you can 
  • If you need to go out 

– Wear a mask 

– Avoid touching things with your fingers 

– Wash hands frequently 

– Practice physical distancing 

  • Keep focused on your health 

– Track your glucose and monitor your blood pressure 

– Stay hydrated 

– Keep taking your medication 

– Stay active and continue healthy eating habits  

  1. Be prepared: 
  • Stock up on essentials such as prescription medications, testing supplies, electrolyte drinks, household items and groceries 
  • Organize health info including phone numbers of your doctors, pharmacy, and private insurance 
  • Stay connected to your healthcare team – ask about telehealth options! 
  • Have an emergency plan in place 
  1. Find out when and how you should contact your doctor’s office outside of planned visits. 
  • Determine how often to check critical health numbers 
  • Develop a 0-0-0 protocol in case of emergency

FACT: People with diabetes are at two-times greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Taking special care to follow your diabetes plan to keep you healthy is important now more than ever. 

What do I need to know about COVID-19 if I have a heart problem?