Am I more at risk of getting COVID-19 than somebody who doesn’t have a heart condition?
Is the risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms similar for all patients with a heart condition?
Are there any special precautions I must take?
Am I at greater risk of getting COVID-19?
I have read that COVID-19 can cause heart problems such as heart attack or arrhythmias, is this true?
Are cardiac patients who also have diabetes and/or hypertension at greater risk?
There are reports that COVID-19 may induce myocarditis or pericarditis. Am I more vulnerable if I previously had it?
Are people with heart disease more likely to die of COVID-19?
When should I seek medical attention if I have a pre-existing heart condition and am infected?
Are there any additional measures that I should take to limit my risk of getting sick, as I have a heart condition?
I had the flu and pneumococcal vaccine this year, am I protected from this virus?
Should I wear a mask to protect myself from the virus?
Which ones? Do they protect me against the COVID-19?
There have been news reports about a medication given to some COVID-19 patients which could cause dangerous arrhythmias
Or should I avoid going to medical centres or hospitals?
Provided I avoid crowded areas, can I go to the park or walk outside?
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