For people living with a heart condition, long COVID has added yet another
concern to their list of worries.
Research suggests that you are at increased risk of blood clots, heart
attack, heart failure, inflammation of the heart, and abnormal heartbeat
following a COVID-19 infection. One in three adults that has had COVID-19
experiences long COVID symptoms that can last weeks to months after the initial
Long COVID can affect anyone who contracts the virus, but recovery can be
especially complicated for those with a condition. Led by Dr. Shahzad
Cardiac Care program at Lower Bucks Hospital
provides specialized care for patients in the Philadelphia area who have
been diagnosed with heart conditions and are experiencing long COVID.
Common heart symptoms following a COVID-19 infection:
- Fatigue, feeling tired
- Pounding heartbeat or palpitations
- Trouble breathing-shortness of breath
- Pain in chest- chest tightness
- Fast heartbeat
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Blood clots
What can you for your heart care if you have long COVID?
- You should continue heart healthy habits like exercise
- Stay on your heart medications unless advised by your doctor
- Watch out for any new symptoms that could be attributed to COVID
How can you prevent long COVID?
Stay up to date on your vaccinations and get appropriate boosters as new
strains of COVID-19 are emerging. It will prevent you from infection. Use
proper barrier precautions and follow your local health care advisories.
If you have heart symptoms, please don’t delay your care because of fear of
contracting COVID. All healthcare settings are required to have safety
measures in place to protect you from COVID-19. Call 911 in an emergency.
Dr. Ahmed is currently accepting new patients at BMC Cardiology Practice, located at 501
Bath Road in Bristol. For more information or to schedule an appointment,
please call 215-785-5100.
About Shahzad Ahmed, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI, Interventional Cardiologist, Director of Cardiology
Dr. Ahmed is Board Certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular
Medicine, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Vascular Ultrasound, and
Internal Medicine. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at
Drexel University College of Medicine. Under his leadership, Lower Bucks Hospital has started many
new programs, including same-day discharge after percutaneous coronary
intervention, venous and pulmonary thrombectomy, carotid stenting and
implementing the radial first approach (cardiac cath through arteries of