COVID-19 recovery? Cardiologist says watch out for these symptoms
The coronavirus pandemic has been a learning experience for everyone, healthcare workers in particular. Each COVID-19 patient case has brought new understanding of the virus and the long-term damage it can cause to the heart and other organs.
While most people with COVID-19 recover and return to normal health, experts say some people – even those with mild infections – may experience persistent symptoms that can last for weeks or months after treatment. cure of the disease.
“Much like COVID-19 itself, the post-acute sequelae of SARs-CoV-2 (PASC), or ‘long-haul syndrome’ as it’s called, affects people in different ways,” says Heather Johnson, MD, preventive cardiologist at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
The Institute’s preventive cardiology clinic remained open throughout the pandemic, according to Dr Johnson, and early on it began to notice more and more patients developing cardiac symptoms within weeks of their initial infection. . “We were seeing patients presenting with shortness of breath, abnormal heartbeat, chest discomfort, changes in blood pressure, continued fatigue and other symptoms after ‘recovering’ from COVID-19,” she says.
Dr Johnson says it’s important to see a specialist if you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms after recovering from COVID-19. “Here at the Lynn Women’s Institute, we’ll do a full assessment, determine if additional labs or images are needed, and develop a personalized care plan. Some appointments can be made through a telemedicine platform such as Baptist Health Care On Demand, she adds.
Christine E. Lynn Institute for Women’s Health and Welfare provides South Florida women with a continuum of care that meets their unique medical needs, from young adulthood through menopause and perimenopause, according to Michael E. Maucker, marketing director at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
“It includes the latest imaging technology, same-day mammography results, the expertise of renowned physicians and a host of clinical programs, such as breast health, women’s heart care and pelvic floor conditions. Says Mr Maucker. The focus on wellness is also integral to the Institute’s mission, he adds, with integrative medicine offerings that include massage therapy, acupuncture, lectures and support groups.