Cardiovascular Health - Minnesota Department of Health

Cardiovascular Health

Image illustrating a child's hands holding an apple

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. This includes individuals with cardiovascular disease or those taking a medication to manage a chronic medical condition, including high blood pressure.

It is important to monitor your health, especially during COVID-19. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, like a heart attack or stroke, call 911 right away. Delaying can be the difference between recovery and disability.

Signs and symptoms include:

Heart Attack

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

Stroke (BE FAST)

  • Balance loss
  • Eyesight changes
  • Facial drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Time to call 9-1-1

Please visit the MDH COVID-19 page for current information. Our Reports and Resources page has more COVID-19 information specific to cardiovascular health for health care providers and patients.

Cardiovascular disease, also called heart and blood vessel disease, includes coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and several other conditions that affect blood flow to and functioning of the heart.

Combined, heart disease and stroke are responsible for about a quarter of all deaths in Minnesota, ranking just ahead of cancer as the number one cause of death. The Cardiovascular Health Unit works to strengthen communities to be heart-healthy and stroke-free.

Updated Tuesday, 01-Feb-2022 09:04:47 CST