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COVID-19 and heart disease

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Professor Garry Jennings AO
 Cardiologist & Chief Medical Advisor
 Heart Foundation

The cross-over between the current COVID-19 pandemic and influenza (flu) season makes it even more important for vulnerable groups to get their flu vaccine. 

The flu can trigger heart attacks. Getting the flu vaccine helps to prevent influenza infection, and can help to prevent heart attacks. 

To get your flu vaccine, call your GP or pharmacist to book an appointment.

Maintain your current treatment and medication plan. Continue taking your medicines as prescribed, including those used to manage your blood pressure. 

It's important that you stay connected with your doctor as needed. 

New arrangements mean you can contact your doctor remotely and have your medicines delivered to your home. 

For more information on how to access these services call our 
Helpline on
 
13 11 12.

Get your flu vaccine

Keep looking after your heart and stay connected with your doctor

Yes, our health system is busy dealing with COVID-19. However, your heart health matters and medical emergencies still require urgent care. 

Get medical help if the symptoms of your heart condition become severe or become worse quickly. 

Are you experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack? 

Call triple zero (000) immediately.

Don’t ignore a medical emergency

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting many aspects of our daily lives and routines; this makes it harder to keep active, eat well and stay socially connected. 

All these things are vital for looking after your heart health and reducing your risk of heart disease.  

Stay informed - sign up below to get our tips and advice on staying heart healthy while at home.  

Stay active and eat healthy foods

Keep up to date with new COVID-19 information. Get the latest tips to look after your heart health during this pandemic.


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To avoid COVID-19 infection, it is very important to practice good hygiene and social distancing. Here are some easy to follow tips: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water  
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue  
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth  
  • Practice physical distancing to limit close contact

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Department of Health website.

 

Keep your distance and practice good hygiene

That’s why it’s so important to practice social distancing to avoid infection. If you become infected with COVID-19, this may worsen existing heart conditions, such as heart failure and you could also be at higher risk of having a heart attack. 

Information about the links between heart disease and COVID-19 is rapidly changing. 

To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, follow the simple steps below, as suggested by Professor Garry Jennings, Cardiologist and Chief Medical Advisor Heart Foundation.

Keep your distance and practice
 good hygiene 

To avoid COVID-19 infection, it is very important to practice good hygiene and social distancing. Here are some easy to follow tips:  

Wash your hands often with soap and water . 

Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.  

Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth . 

Practice physical distancing to limit
 close contact.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Department of Health website.

Professor Garry Jennings AO
Cardiologist & Chief Medical Advisor
Heart Foundation

Get your flu vaccine

The cross-over between the current COVID-19 pandemic and influenza (flu) season makes it even more important for vulnerable groups to get their flu vaccine. 

The flu can trigger heart attacks. Getting the flu vaccine helps to prevent influenza infection, and can help to prevent heart attacks.

To get your flu vaccine, call your GP or pharmacist to book an appointment.

Keep looking after your heart and stay connected with your doctor 

Maintain your current treatment and medication plan. 

Continue taking your medicines as prescribed, including those used to manage your blood pressure. 

It's important that you stay connected with your doctor as needed. 

New arrangements mean you can contact your doctor remotely and have your medicines delivered to your home. 

For more information on how to access these services call our Helpline on 13 11 12.

Don’t ignore a medical emergency

Yes, our health system is busy dealing with COVID-19. However, your heart health matters and medical emergencies still require
 urgent care. 

Get medical help if the symptoms of your heart condition become severe or become worse quickly. 

Are you experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack? 

Call triple zero (000) immediately.

Stay active and eat healthy foods

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting many aspects of our daily lives and routines; this makes it harder to keep active, eat well and stay socially connected. 

All these things are vital for looking after your heart health and reducing your risk of
 heart disease. 

Stay informed - sign up below to get our tips and advice on staying heart healthy while you're at home. 

Keep up to date with new COVID-19 information. Get the latest tips to look after your heart health during this pandemic.

COVID-19 & heart medications

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COVID-19 & heart medications

COVID-19 & heart medications

That’s why it’s so important to practice social distancing to avoid infection. If you become infected with COVID-19, this may worsen existing heart conditions, such as heart failure and you could also be at higher risk of having a heart attack. 

To help stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, follow the simple steps below, as suggested by Professor Garry Jennings, Cardiologist and Heart Foundation’s Chief Medical Advisor. 

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People living with heart disease are more vulnerable to severe complications from the novel coronavirus (also called COVID-19). 

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People living with heart disease are more vulnerable to severe complications from the novel coronavirus (also called COVID-19). 

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