The following guidelines have been developed by HCM specialists at the following hospitals: Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Careggi University in Florence, Italy, Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.
At the bottom of this page you will find the document as a pdf file which should allow you access to the links contained in the document.
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3 thoughts on “COVID-19: Advice from HCM Doctors”
As a person diagnosed with HCM, I am familiar with the signs and symptoms. I have an ICD, have been cardioverted on many occasions for arrhythmia and have had two ablations for arrhythmia.
In February of this year I had symptoms similar to the flu. I had a flu shot in the Fall so I thought I should be safe. I started taking Coricidin HBP for cold and flu cough medicine. Within two weeks I experienced A-Flutter unlike anything I have experienced in the past. It had been 18 months since I had any arrhythmia at all. I was very surprised. Coincidentally I was scheduled for a device check up within a few days. During the check up I was in A-Flutter so a cardioversion was scheduled.
After the cardioversion I was back in A-Flutter within two days.
An ablation was scheduled and performed within a week of the cardioversion.
I should add that I was working in close proximity to people from China who were doing machine installations were I was working.
I am just thinking out loud:
Many of the symptoms of the arrhythmia are similar to the symptoms of the virus. What if I had COVID-19 and the arrhythmia was caused by the virus?
Should I get tested for the antibodies?
You should speak with your doctor. Ultimately once they are widely available it would benefit everyone to get an antibody test.
Yes, I plan to speak with my doctor. Not looking for advice here.
That’s why I stated “I am just thinking out loud:”