COVID-19 Warnings: American College of Cardiology Warns Athletes And Gym Enthusiasts To Take Precautions Considering COVID-19 Ability To Cause Heart Damage
: As daily evidence mounts that COVID-19 can damage the heart, cardiologists and medical experts are urging individuals to take precautions when doing vigorous exercise.
It has been reported that up to 30% of patients hospitalized with coronavirus infection have signs of cardiac injury plus it has been found in various studies that the SARS-CoV-2 is able to cause a variety of damage to the tissues of the heart directly or indirectly and cause a multitude of conditions.
Also the prevalence of heart damage in milder cases of COVID-19 is unknown. But incidences of strokes and vascular issues have been reported in such individuals.
Medical experts and cardiologists worry about the potential for serious heart complications from engaging in vigorous exercise while infected with the virus.
In a published report, the American College of Cardiology's Sports and Exercise Council recommends that people get a COVID-19 test and heart screening before playing sports or exercising. https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2020/07/17/08/00/training-exercise-and-sports-in-the-age-of-covid-19
The doctors warned that even if they show no symptoms, those who test positive for COVID-19 should avoid exercise for at least two weeks.
They said, "Only after this, can one return to activity after being evaluated by a medical professional or cardiologist.”
It should be noted that symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, a fluttering or a rapid heartbeat, lightheadedness, leg swelling, muscle pains and unexplained fatigue may indicate a severe heart problem.
The doctors said,"We're still learning more, but those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and previous heart issues such as coronary artery disease, stents or coronary bypass surgery and heart failure are susceptible to the most severe complications of COVID-19."
The medical experts also suggest exercising outdoors rather than indoors.
Although training alone is ideal, they said that individuals who elect to exercise with a group should double the standard social distancing guideline from 6 feet to 12 feet.
Also when running in a group, do not place yourself "downstream," or directly behind another runner, to avoid aerosolized droplets that can spread the coronavirus.
They added, "Wear masks unless you are absolutely alone.”
They also advised that as as gyms and communal training facilities reopen, remember to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands and any equipment you use, bring your own towels, and avoid water fountains and crowded areas.
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