Covid-19, heart disease and your risk; what you need to know


Baton Rouge, LA (NBC 33/Fox 44)

​Americans with heart disease are always at risk.  So, with the Covid-19 pandemic happening now,  there are even more concerns. ​​

Experts say those with coronary heart disease or hypertension, especially those over the age of sixty, are more likely to become infected and if so, to develop more severe symptoms.  ​The American College of Cardiology issued a bulletin several weeks ago warning patients about the potential increased risk and encouraging “additional reasonable precautions.” Experts with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South say that includes managing stress.​​

“One of the biggest things that we’re seeing is that people are stressed,” is what Dr. Garland Green with CIS told us.  “It’s a very stressful time and stress is a risk factor worsening heart disease.  So, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, we ask that you try your best to manage stress and get the necessary help that you can at this time.”​​

One thing you don’t have to stress about is access to experts like Dr. Green.  The Cardiovascular Institute of the south remains open and its team of doctors continues to to see patients.  Below are some of the things they want you to know.​​

From CIS:​
We have precautions in place to protect their health, and we want our patients to know that their heart health and safety during this time is our top priority.  In addition, we are taking the following steps:​·    

*CIS is screening visitors upon their arrival to our clinic
*We are practicing social distancing and frequent hand-washing
*All exam rooms and patient areas are being sanitized after every patient visit.

​​For more information on CIS, click here for a link to their website.​

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Cardiovascular Institute of the South was founded in 1983 by Dr. Craig Walker, who first established the company as a one-physician practice in Houma, Louisiana. Driven by a desire to serve and heal people in his community, Dr. Walker envisioned CIS as a leader in the development of new techniques and technologies in the treatment of both coronary and peripheral artery diseases.

Today, CIS continues to grow and expand to multiple locations striving to make the most advanced cardiovascular care accessible to a wide spectrum of communities across Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. We believe that our unwavering dedication to the CIS mission of providing the highest quality cardiovascular care has truly been the cornerstone of this successful growth.

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