Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Seeking Treatment

Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Seeking Treatment

Help is Here for Chronic or Emergent Conditions

If you have cardiovascular disease, you should especially take heart when it comes to protecting yourself from COVID-19.

While everyone should be staying at home as much as possible right now, those with heart disease should be particularly vigilant about this recommendation, as well as following the CDC’s COVID-19 prevention and safety guidelines.

“People with heart disease or who’ve had a stroke have a special reason to be concerned about COVID-19,” said Dr. Sandip Kothari, emergency department physician at Holland Hospital. “That’s because they’re not only at greater risk for contracting the virus, but also experiencing more serious symptoms and complications.”

In addition to safeguarding yourself from the illness, you should continue to take your heart medications exactly as prescribed. “And if you suspect you or someone you love might be having a heart attack or stroke, call 911 right away,” Dr. Kothari said. “Hospitals have safety measures in place to protect you from COVID-19, so do not delay. Getting care fast will minimize damage, and is critical to your health and recovery.”

Signs of Heart Attack and Stroke

If you notice any of the signs and symptoms below, dial 911.

Heart Attack

  • Discomfort or pain in the chest
  • Lightheadedness/dizziness, nausea or cold sweat
  • Jaw, neck or back pain
  • Pain in one or both arms or shoulders
  • Shortness of breath

Stroke

To help you spot the signs of stroke, remember BEFAST:

B = Balance: Sudden loss of balance or coordination

E = Eyes: Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes

F = Face: Sudden drooping of one side of the face

A = Arms: Sudden weakness or numbness in one arm

S = Speech: Sudden trouble speaking or confusion

T = Time: Call 911 immediately if you notice any of these signs

Give Yourself TLC

If you have questions about your heart health or think you might need a checkup, don’t put off routine care. You may be able to get answers from your doctor over the phone or use telehealth for a virtual visit. You can also give yourself and your heart TLC by eating well, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. Don’t forget to take care of your mental and emotional health, too.

Holland Hospital is prepared to care for coronavirus patients, while also working to prevent the spread of infection and keep our community safe. If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, do not hesitate to call 911. Our Emergency Department is following rigorous health and safety protocols to protect all patients from COVID-19. For updates on our response to the virus, visit hollandhospital.org/covid19.

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  • Sandip U. Kothari, MD

    Sandip U. Kothari, MD

    Specialties

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Urgent Care

    Education and Training

    University of Michigan
    Internship BS -Emergency Medicine Biology 1988-1992

    Wayne State University - School of Medicine (Detroit) MD - Medical Education 1992-1996

    University of Cincinnati/University Hospital
    Residency - Emergency Medicine 1997-2000
    Sandip U. Kothari, MD

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