FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News)
Up to 30% of patients hospitalized with coronavirus infection have signs of cardiac injury, according to Dr. Sunal Makadia, health director of sports cardiology at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore.
The prevalence of heart damage in milder cases of COVID-19 is unknown. Still, experts worry about the potential for serious heart complications from engaging in vigorous exercise while infected with the virus.
“After this, you can return to activity after being evaluated by a medical professional or cardiologist,” he said in a health system news release.
“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,” Makadia said.
Experts suggest exercising outdoors rather than indoors.
When running in a group, do not place yourself “downstream,” or directly behind another runner, to avoid aerosolized droplets that can spread the coronavirus.
“Wear masks unless you are absolutely alone,” Makadia added.
Finally, 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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SOURCE: LifeBridge Health, news release, July 29, 2020