“One-third of COVID-19 patients who died in Italy had heart disease”*
As new cases of COVID-19 are skyrocketing, Governments globally are desperately working to stop the spread with what is becoming one of the greatest health and economic challenges of our generation. However, what isn’t being talked about is how these extreme lockdown measures that authorities are taking actually increase the likelihood of death from COVID-19 for particular individuals. This is because individuals most at risk of severe complications with COVID19 are those with some form of cardiovascular disease.
“COVID-19’s worst outcomes are afflictions of the heart”
According to this National Geographic article, “The novel coronavirus tears apart the lungs, but the underlying condition most connected with COVID-19’s worst outcomes are afflictions of the heart.”
The article goes on to state that “‘there have been reports of acute cardiac injury, arrhythmias, hypotension, tachycardia, and a high proportion of concomitant cardiovascular disease in infected individuals, particularly those who require more intensive care.” One study of 150 patients from Wuhan, China—the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak—found that patients with cardiovascular diseases had a significantly increased risk of death when they are infected. That’s because the heart and lungs are incredibly interconnected. Breathe in and out rapidly, and your pulse automatically increases its pace. But if your heart is already weak or you have blocked arteries, then you are working harder than a normal person to circulate blood and oxygen throughout your body.’”
Locking people in their home is one of the most dangerous things that you can do if they have a preexisting heart condition as survivability for SCA is much lower* in the home environment than if they were in a public or office setting.
40% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had cardiovascular disease or cerebrovascular disease*
The majority of Sudden Cardiac Arrests occur at a home or residence (68.5%), followed by public settings (21%) and nursing homes (10.5%).*
While many modern workplaces offer first aid training and quick access to AEDs, the ever more common lockdowns mean that employees who could be suffering from COVID-19 won’t have access to these facilities.
Now more than ever before it’s essential that families and households, especially of those with underlying heart conditions, have access to AEDs along with Good CPR and first aid training. However, with many businesses shutting up shop, getting access to good information and knowing where to start can be difficult.
We’ve created these first steps to help protect your household:
- If you’re concerned, give us a call and one of our staff will be able to walk you through the first steps to getting prepared for COVID-19 and working from home.
- Read our “AED How to Save a Life Guide” that will walk you through all of the crucial steps involved in the ‘chain of survival’ (see below for the link).
- Learn CPR! Make sure your family knows CPR and make sure that you have access to CPR facemasks!
With the virus spreading rapidly, chances of you or someone you know having to perform CPR increases day by day. Making sure that you have access to CPR Face Shields is essential for protecting yourself from potentially infected patients. Click here to enquire about CPR masks.
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