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If someone you care about has a chest, heart or stroke condition

If someone you care about has a chest, heart or stroke condition

Many of us provide support for people living with long-term chest, heart or stroke conditions. This might be a family member, a friend or someone you care for. There are many things you can do to provide support, reassurance and reduce the risks. This includes:

  1. Look after yourself

It’s important to try and reduce your own risk of getting coronavirus as much as possible. Staying healthy means:

  • You can continue to provide as much support as possible to the person you are caring for
  • You reduce your chances of passing the virus to the person you are caring for.

You can reduce your risk of getting and spreading coronavirus by following the advice of NHS Scotland.

  1. Encourage people you care about to reduce their risk

If someone you care about is living with a chest, heart or stroke condition, they don’t have a higher risk of getting coronavirus. However, if they do get the virus, they have a higher chance of becoming seriously ill or having complications.

You play an important role in supporting them to reduce their risk. You can do this by:

  • Sharing the advice of NHS Scotland about how to reduce the risk of getting coronavirus.
  • Supporting them to make sure they have what they need to reduce their risk, such as enough soap and tissues.
  • Sharing updates about coronavirus from reliable and trustworthy sources. This includes the NHS Scotland website and the UK Government website.
  • Talking with them about how they are feeling and helping them to monitor their health and any new symptoms.
  • Helping them to take the right action if they think they have developed symptoms of coronavirus.
  1. Provide reassurance

You play an important role in helping someone you care about reduce their risk of getting coronavirus. However, you also play a vital role in helping to provide reassurance and emotional support as the coronavirus situation develops. You can do this by:

  • Understanding that they might feel worried, anxious or uncertain.
  • Giving them time to talk about their concerns and listening to them.
  • Encouraging them to talk about their understanding of coronavirus and helping them to sort the myths from the facts. You can do this together by accessing trusted and accurate information from reliable sources such as NHS Scotland.
  1. Follow advice if the person you care about gets coronavirus

If you someone you care about has been diagnosed with coronavirus, there is a lot of help and advice about what steps you should take. It’s important to follow this advice.

For up-to-date advice about what steps you should take, visit the NHS Scotland coronavirus webpages or call the NHS coronavirus helpline on 0800 028 2816.

To find out more about supporting someone you care about, download our chest, heart or stroke coronavirus factsheets.

 

Note that we are continually updating our information on coronavirus, please check back for updates.