COVID-19 - APPOINTMENTS AND PROCEDURES

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If you’ve healed from COVID-19 but continue to suffer from complications with your heart, our clinic can help. Our cardiac experts diagnose and treat heart conditions caused by both severe and minor COVID-19 infections. With research experience studying the cardiac effects of COVID-19 and extensive expertise in heart care, we provide you with state-of-the-art care.

If you believe you have heart complications caused by a previous COVID-19 infection, contact us today. Please note we do not treat patients with active COVID-19 infections.

Why Choose Us

  • Expertise: Your heart’s in the right hands with a team whose expertise includes advanced cardiac imaging, cardiac biomarkers and heart failure.
  • Individualized treatment plan: Your treatment plan is created just for you with comprehensive diagnostic testing.
  • Coordinated care: When your care requires more than cardiac experts, we’ll coordinate with our specialist teams to fully support your health.
  • Research: You may be able to help improve treatments by participating in research on how COVID-19 affects the heart.

Conditions We Treat

Our clinic offers specialized treatment if you previously had COVID-19 and:

  • Have lingering symptoms
  • Feel nervous getting back into exercise or a sport activity
  • Survived cardiac complications

Common cardiac complications of COVID-19 include:

  • Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle
  • Pericarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle lining
  • Vasculitis, or inflammation of the lining of blood vessels (which can cause blood clots to form)
  • Heart attacks and reversible heart failure

The effect of COVID-19 on other parts of the body (including the lungs and muscles), can also contribute to or mimic cardiac symptoms. When necessary, your care team will include experts specializing in these areas.

What to Expect

With expertise in cardiology, heart failure and cardiac complications from COVID-19, our team is prepared to diagnose and treat your heart condition. Our team includes:

Diagnosis

Your care starts with a complete diagnosis through careful evaluation, testing and imaging. Depending on your condition, your diagnosis might require one or more of the following:

  • Electrocardiogram (sometimes called ECG or EKG), which measures your heart’s electrical activity
  • Imaging tests to identify medical issues affecting your heart, including echocardiogram, cardiac MRI and coronary CT scan
  • Exercise stress test (or heart stress test), which measures how your heart works during exercise on a treadmill
  • Chemical nuclear stress test, in case you cannot exercise
  • Blood tests, which can measure your cholesterol levels and other important heart health signs (sometimes called biomarkers)
  • Tilt table test, where your body position is adjusted to test how your heart rate and blood pressure respond
  • Holter monitor, a wearable ECG that monitors your heart for up to a few days
  • Event monitor, a wearable device to record symptoms of a heart condition

Treatment

Your care includes an individualized treatment plan, tailored to your test results and unique health needs. Whether your heart condition was caused or worsened by COVID-19, you have access to the care you need.

When necessary, we will coordinate care with expert specialists in other fields, including lung disease (pulmonology). We’ll also help you schedule any follow-up appointments needed to monitor and manage your condition.

Research

As a patient at our clinic, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in clinical research exploring COVID-19’s effects on the heart. Research like this is critical in helping accurately diagnose and treat anyone who previously had the disease.

Take the Next Step

If you had COVID-19 and are concerned about your heart health or scared to exercise due to possible heart complications, don’t wait to seek medical advice. Call 800-INTL-HEART (800-468-5432) to schedule an appointment at the COVID-19 Heart Clinic or ask your primary care provider for a referral.

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