What You Need to Know About Your Heart’s Response to the COVID-19 Virus?

COVID-19 and heart rate share a connection especially, a high heart rate with symptoms that can be a sign of heart problems and long COVID complications. You should seek medical attention to manage your condition and prevent complications. So, what should you do? Learn how COVID increases your risk of heart issues and what is the best option for you in this article.  

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Who’s at risk?  

Studies found that 3 out of 10 people with COVID-19 will develop long COVID (also called chronic COVID, long-haul COVID, post-acute COVID-19, post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC)). What medical professionals refer to as “long COVID” is if some or all of your symptoms (such as exhaustion, an elevated heart rate, chest discomfort, dizziness, diarrhea, joint pain, or difficulty breathing) return or persist for four weeks or longer after you’ve experienced COVID. Research shows if you get long COVID, then you need to be hospitalized or go to the intensive care unit (ICU). You’re also at risk if you’re not vaccinated.  

Recent evidence found that anybody who gets exposed to COVID-19 can get long COVID and have a higher risk for heart problems even after a year when you get diagnosed positive. This includes people who: 

  • Had no symptoms 
  • Had a mild or moderate infection 
  • Had other health conditions before COVID-19 

Also, researchers found that you may be at risk even if you are fit and healthy, don’t smoke or drink alcoholic beverages, or have any medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and obesity before the viral infection.  

Certain racial and ethnic minorities are more prone to long COVID which include Indigenous, African American, and Latino people. They also have the highest rates of COVID-19 infections and exposure. This can also increase their risk of heart problems and having symptoms for a longer time.  

No proper health care or working with ethnic and racial minorities can increase your risk of long-term COVID-related heart problems.  

What can you do?  

If your heart rate is faster than usual with certain symptoms you need to seek medical attention to rule out complications and manage your condition. Keep in mind that sometimes your high heart rate resolves on its own, but not always. If that happens, then it’s a sign of something more severe.  

Besides heart rate you experience symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness or difficulty breathing can indicate heart problems. Patients should seek medical help if they notice chest pain or discomfort, palpitations, and pounding.   

If your symptoms do not improve week to week or last longer than 4 weeks, then you should seek medical attention.  

People with COVID-19 recover at different paces. For example, if your symptoms are linked to a deconditioned heart, then you may have an elevated heart rate. It takes time to heal and get back to everyday life activities. So, seeking medical help when the heart rate gets faster with symptoms is the best option.  

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