Despite the overwhelming news articles recently regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, heart disease still remains the nation's top killer. It is important during this time to remember not to neglect your heart. We know that it can be scary to venture out of the home and to a physician's office or hospital, but it is important to stay proactive with your health.
Symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue should not be ignored. If you are concerned about any of these symptoms, we recommend that you contact your primary care physician and/or your cardiologist for evaluation. Most physicians are offering telehealth appointments at this time so that you can avoid an office visit and exposure to COVID-19.
Any serious or life threatening symptoms such as loss of consciousness, facial dropping, loss of speech, arm weakness, or severe chest pain radiating to the arm, neck, back, or jaw to name a few should be evaluated by a healthcare professional immediately. Call 9-1-1 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room right away. These symptoms are more concerning than the chance of exposure to COVID-19. Hospitals and emergency rooms are well equipped to triage their patients and are working tirelessly to keep the areas clean and disinfected to prevent exposure.
Preventive appointments with your physicians now can improve your heart health down the road. Stay proactive and most of all stay safe out there!