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 or hypertension are more likely to be infected and to develop more severe symptoms. Stroke survivors may also face increased risk for complications if they get COVID-19.
- 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.
- 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.
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More Tips to Stay Active and Eat Healthy
Physical Activity at Home
Shelf-Stable Healthy Eating
If 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
We have some more heart-healthy recipes here that you can try while you’re stuck at home.
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Here are some additional resources to find more information
- Disability Groups and Risk
- The Unequal Cost of Social Distancing
- CDC coronavirus COVID-19 home page
- Preventing infection
- COVID-19 symptoms
- Share Facts, Not Myths
- FAQ about COVID-19
- Coronavirus-related phishing scams
- Preventing COVID-19 spread in communities
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters
- Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out
- Talking With Children About COVID-19
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Last Reviewed: Apr 14, 2020