You will have read information that certain groups of patients are at increased risk from Covid-19 and this includes patients with cardiovascular disease.
The best ways to look after yourself are to:
- Follow the guidelines re handwashing and reducing the risk of infection in general.
- Please do not ignore symptoms of worsening chest pain or breathlessness. If you think you are having a heart attack please dial 999. If you think your angina or heart failure is getting worse then please arrange a telephone consultation with us so we can put an appropriate plan in place. Sometimes we can put a plan in place to improve your symptoms without needing to see you. Other times getting you seen by us or at the hospital may still be the right thing even with the current coronavirus situation.
- You can still monitor your blood pressure at home and send us readings. Please click on this link where you will find some advice and a chart for blood pressure readings Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Record and Information
- We would recommend using a basic blood pressure monitor, such as those made by Omron, to monitor your blood pressure. These can be bought for around £25.
Please visit the British Heart Foundation website for further information https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health