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Social Distancing and CHD

Taking care of your basic needs during a time when things are not so basic.

While we are still learning more about the impact of COVID-19 and CHD, there is one thing that is becoming more and more clear: Social. Distancing. Is. Hard. But more than ever, we need to take care of our mind, our body and our hearts. This three part series explores each of these aspects with input from both clinical experts and those with CHD.

Heart

“It is important to continue regular visits with your cardiologist to avoid complications that can result from delays in care. Many clinics are now safely re-opening and scheduling visits that were postponed due to COVID. If you have a question about whether you should be seen, or concerns about the measures in place at your clinic to prevent COVID exposure, don’t hesitate to contact your cardiologist.”

– Sara P., MD, MHS

“My Telehealth visit was simple, quick, and covered by my insurance.”

– Chris H., Patient

“We have so many appointments, it would just be nice to do the ones we can through video. I feel it was easier than going in person.”

– Karissa S.; Parent

For more information about ways to keep our hearts healthy during this time check out these resources:


Body

“So many things have changed in our lives over the last few months, but one thing that has remained true (and unchanged) is the importance of exercise. Keeping our hearts healthy means getting some activity every day. It doesn’t have to be fancy – take a walk, ride your bike, or use a jump rope. It’s all super important. Plus, we can’t overestimate the value that activity has for our mental health.”

Nicolas M., MD, MPH

“Exercise is my therapy.”

Chrissie A., Patient

“We go for lots of walks and bike rides.”

Katie B.; Parent

For more information about ways to keep our bodies healthy during this time check out these resources:


Mind

“It is hard being a single parent and losing your support system. I find that I am always worrying.”

Gigi M., Parent

“It’s a day to day process. It’s about checking in.  Sitting with the hard times that come but also finding the beauty in this.  Taking long walks and writing down what I am grateful for helps.”

Amy R., patient

“It’s important to prioritize time for you during the pandemic. Only by taking care of yourself can you fully be there for your children, family and loved ones.  One way to do this is to spend time outside when possible. Fresh air and physical activity can help individuals and families cope with the difficult aspects of social distancing. You can also use technology to connect with family, friends and the CHD community.  Others are likely experiencing similar challenges.  Openly sharing your struggles can help you feel more connected and less alone.”

Erica S.; PhD, Clinical Psychologist

For more information about ways to keep our minds healthy during this time check out these resources:


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