Coronavirus: what it means for you if you have heart or circulatory disease
I have a heart or circulatory condition – am I at increased risk of coronavirus?
We know that this is a frightening time for lots of people, especially if you already have a health problem. Most people with coronavirus (Covid-19) have mild symptoms and make a full recovery. Having a heart or circulatory condition probably doesn’t make you any more likely to catch coronavirus than anyone else. But if you have a heart condition it may mean that you could get more ill if you catch it, so it’s really important to protect yourself.
Anyone with a heart condition is considered at increased risk of more severe complications of Covid-19 coronavirus. If you’re also over 60, you’re at particularly high risk.
There are levels of higher risk, which we refer to as:
- high risk (clinically vulnerable)
- particularly high risk
- at most risk (clinically extremely vulnerable, the shielding group)
If you are in any of these risk categories, you are advised by the government to be particularly careful. This means:
- following the lockdown rules in your area and minimizing contact with others
- frequently washing your hands
- working from home if you are able to
- frequently cleaning surfaces in your home or workplace
Find out more about the specific rules you need to follow in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
If you need support to stay at home, for example with getting food, medicines or someone to talk to, call NHS Volunteer responders on 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm)
Does my heart condition mean I will be prioritized for the vaccine?
Find out which groups are being prioritized for the vaccine, as well as if the vaccine is safe for people with heart and circulatory conditions.
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