Heart disease remains a top priority during pandemic

Published on February 07, 2022

During COVID-19, managing heart disease is essential

Weld County, Colorado — Cardiovascular health remains a top public health priority during the COVID-19 pandemic as heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States and in Weld County. Many other leading causes of death in Weld County, such as atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, and congestive heart failure, also fit under the umbrella of heart disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a significant relationship between COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease. There have been more deaths from cardiovascular disease during the pandemic, and serious heart conditions have been linked to an increased risk of getting COVID-19 and developing severe illness.

People experiencing heart symptoms should not avoid the hospital because of the pandemic. It's important for people to get treated as soon as possible, and hospitals are still the safest place to go when emergency strikes.

Symptoms of a heart attack can include:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Upper body discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat, nausea

Symptoms of a stroke can include:

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty

Community members should be aware of the “simple seven” to monitor and improve heart health: quit smoking, become physically active, improve nutrition, address obesity, lower cholesterol, and control diabetes and high blood pressure. Contact a primary care provider for assistance or set up an appointment with a Health Department dietitian.

To set up an appointment with a WCDPHE nutritionist call (970) 304-6410. For more information on taking care of your heart including self-care tips, check out the February 2022 Public Health Spotlight.