The COVID-19 outbreak, better known as the coronavirus, has Americans on high alert. We understand that this condition can be scary. However, it’s important to know the facts so you can stay calm and prepared. While the chances of catching this disease are currently low, there are certain things AFib patients should know. Read on to learn more.
What We Know- And What We Don’t
While COVID-19 has spread across the globe, there is still a lot we don’t know about this disease. For instance, we don’t know if the warmer weather will cause the disease to spread more slowly. However, we do know that this is a respiratory infection. We also know that it spreads person-to-person. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, and fever.
Does AFib Put Me at Risk?
People who have pre-existing conditions are worried about this virus. They are no more likely to catch the disease than any other person. However, patients with pre-existing conditions are more likely to suffer from complications after contracting the disease. Therefore, AFib patients should be very aware of COVID-19. For more information, read the bulletin on the coronavirus from the American College of Cardiology.
Keeping Your Heart Healthy
In general, you AFib patients should be following a heart-healthy lifestyle. This is even more important when viruses are spreading. Be sure to take your medications regularly and visit your doctor for regular cardiac checkups. In addition, try to keep a healthy weight with a clean diet and mild exercise. You might also try to de-stress with gentle yoga or meditation. Staying calm might be easier said than done. However, reducing stress will help you to stay healthy.
Keep Up With Regular Doctor’s Appointments
Right now, it’s especially important to keep up with your health. Eat well, get enough sleep, and try your best to limit stress. In addition, you should visit your doctor regularly, especially if you have a pre-existing condition like AFib. Atrial Fibrillation Centers of America can help you manage your AFib. Call us at 832-478-5067 to learn more.