Last updated: March 30
COVID-19 (coronavirus) is of particular concern for patients with cardiovascular disease. If you have cardiovascular disease, are age 60 or older, or have additional underlying health conditions, you have a higher risk of developing more serious illness from COVID-19.
It’s important that you take steps now to help prevent COVID-19 exposure and infection. We strongly support directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that urge strict hand hygiene, use of hand sanitizers, cleansing of all shared surfaces and most importantly, physical distancing.
Your physician can review your medical record to give you a greater understanding of your personal risk. Additional information on the topic of cardiovascular disease and COVID-19 is available from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
Here are answers to some common questions related to cardiovascular disease and COVID-19. Please note that these answers are subject to change as we receive more information about COVID-19. If you have additional questions not answered here, call your physician or the Northwestern Medicine COVID-19 hotline at 312.47.COVID (312.472.6843).