During the current coronavirus pandemic, it is "more important than ever" for heart attack and stroke survivors to reduce the risk of another event and "avoid busy hospitals," the American Heart Association said in a statement Friday.
"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 face increased risk for complications if they get Covid-19," the statement said.
The AHA noted that after a heart attack or stroke, as many as 1 in 4 survivors will have another one.
To prevent a heart attack or stroke, the AHA offered these tips: