Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person, which has affected people in many countries. Here are some resources to find more information.
The American Heart Association is advising caution and preparation for people who have heart disease or who have survived a stroke. Based on current information, it appears elderly people with coronary heart disease are more likely to develop more severe symptoms if they get infected. Stroke survivors may also face increased risk for complications if they get COVID-19.
- Precautions for patients and others facing higher risks (Lea en español)
- What heart patients should know about coronavirus (Lea en español)
- What people with diabetes need to know about COVID-19
- Understanding the risky combination of diabetes and the coronavirus (Lea en español)
- Keeping a lid on blood pressure during the coronavirus crisis
- Is it safe to go to the hospital during COVID-19 pandemic? Doctors say yes
- Video: Some may die because people aren’t calling 911
- Video: Coronavirus: What heart and stroke patients need to know
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and Chief Medical Officer for Prevention Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP, address many of the questions patients – and all of us – have right now.
With the evolving impact of coronavirus in communities across the country, many Americans are facing new challenges keeping them from getting to the office, school, grocery store or gym. The American Heart Association has resources to help maintain a healthy lifestyle while at home.
- Coronavirus Q and A
- Why lighting up and COVID-19 don't mix (Lea en español)
- Want to help overstressed ERs? Be safe at home (Lea en español)
- Keep your immune system in top shape with these tips (Lea en español)
- COVID-19 science: Why testing is so important
- Resources to maintain healthy lifestyle amidst COVID-19 outbreak
- Health emergency? Don't hesitate to get help
- The do's and don'ts of social interaction during a pandemic (Lea en español)
- Video: How to choose a health app
- Video: Why does hand-washing work?
- Video: Coronavirus safety tips (Consejos de Seguridad del coronavirus)
COVID-19 AHA newsroom – features the latest COVID-19 news, experts, multimedia and information resources from the American Heart Association
More news and helpful information about COVID-19 can be found here.
Encuentre más historias en español de AHA News aquí.
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- Is there a chance your COVID-19 quick fix will work? 'The answer is no' (Lea en español)
- On the front lines of COVID-19 in NYC
- When can we safely get back to work and school, and what would that look like?
- What is the AHA’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic?
- $2.5M for 'fast-tracked' COVID-19 heart and brain research
- COVID-19 science: Understanding the basics of 'herd immunity'
Information for Health Care Professionals
- COVID-19 Content: An AHA Compendium
- CPR information during COVID-19
- Pandemic puts health care workers’ mental health on the line
More Tips to Stay Active and Eat Healthy
Physical Activity at Home
- How to get the most out of health apps (Lea en español)
- Amid coronavirus crisis, exercise caution when exercising outdoors
- Working out while staying safe during the coronavirus outbreak
- Create an at-home workout circuit
- Workout at work, just in your home office
- Get the whole family moving at home
- Practice these balance exercises in your living room
- Get out and walk
- Limit screen time and get your kids (and the whole family) moving
- Use the time to set your fitness goals
- Try any of our daily tips for physical activity for your family that work for your current circumstances and comfort level
Shelf-Stable Healthy EatingIf you're concerned about having healthy foods on hand while limiting your exposure to crowds, these heart-healthy recipes can all be made with shelf-stable ingredients such as:
- Canned, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables (low or no salt and sugar options)
- Canned meats like light tuna or white meat chicken (salt free), packed in water
- Frozen chicken breast is safe for up to 1-year in a freezer set to zero degrees or below (store as air-tightly as possible to preserve maximum freshness)
- Dried beans and legumes (or canned with no salt added)
- Dried whole grains like brown rice and quinoa
- Dried herbs and spices
- Shelled eggs are safe 3-5 weeks and unopened egg substitute is safe up to 1 year in the refrigerator
Delicious Heart-Healthy Recipes
- Easy Chicken Salad
- Tuna Stir Fry
- Berry Nuts Granola Bars
- Caribbean Pink Beans
- Ranch Chive Popcorn
- Chunky Marinara Pasta
- Thai Chicken Broccoli Salad
- Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken
- Vegetarian 3-bean Chili
- Sriracha-glazed Chicken with Butternut Squash
We have some more heart-healthy recipes here that you can try while you’re stuck at home.
Well-being / Dealing with Stress
- Connect virtually with survivors and caregivers to share comfort, experiences and tips during this time of isolation on the Support Network
- Essential advice for stressed-out essential workers
- Cut off from counseling during the coronavirus pandemic? There are options
- Stopping the stress of working from home
- Coronavirus news on social media stressing you out? Here's how to handle the anxiety (Lea en español)
- If you hunker down against coronavirus, don't stop reaching out, experts say
- Use an unexpected change of pace to practice mindful eating
- Establish a new bedtime or morning routine
- Manage a stressful circumstance by cleaning up your sleep hygiene or with some tech tweaks
- Practice loving-kindness meditation
- Take Action to control stress this week
- Fight stress with healthy habits to manage your circumstance
Here are some additional resources to find more information
- The Unequal Cost of Social Distancing
- CDC coronavirus COVID-19 home page
- Preventing infection
- COVID-19 symptoms
- Share Facts, Not Myths (PDF)
- FAQ about COVID-19
- COVID-19-Related Phone Scams and Phishing Attacks
- Preventing COVID-19 spread in communities
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters
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