Coronavirus

 Does anyone know if we come in the "at risk" group if we are living with left bundle branch blockage and pacemaker. I am 67 and quite fit and healthy. 


9 Comments

WuFlu and LBBB

by AgentX86 - 2020-03-26 11:40:43

If that's your only problem (there is no underlying issue), no, I don't think you're at any higher risk of getting or surviving this virus. That doesn't mean you're not at risk.  Everyone, but the very young it seems, is at risk and at 57 you're at more risk than many.  I would do everything I could to pass on this one.

Hi

by Bionic Beat - 2020-03-26 12:24:06

We all have 'compromised' hearts, more some than others. 

Everyone is at risk from Corona, its now showing that age does not matter as much but some medical conditions do increase the risk of severe illness.

Being a smoker increases your risk, of course as well as obesity.

There is really not much we can do to 'control' this but we can 'control' our reaction to it.

Try to not stress over it, if you get it sleep a lot and keep hydrated until it passes.

All versions of flu and pneumonias kill off the elderly and vulnerable first, who will come through this intact, no one knows.  But MOST WILL RECOVER.

Stock up on canned foods and medications.  Eat well, try to sleep welll and exercise but possibly indoors. (I'm doing it indoors, using stairs and weights)

 

All the best to everyone!

 

Bionic Beat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus

by Raymer - 2020-03-26 13:44:51

Thankyou to the kind people who put comments on my post. Much appreciated. 

Please ignore the clown above......

by ar_vin - 2020-03-27 20:47:07

It's about time this kind of trash was moderated and shut down.

Moderators?

 

 

healthy...

by AgentX86 - 2020-03-27 21:47:46

No, Robo, there are many reasons and not-reasons that one could have LBBB with absolutely no underlying conditions.  She may have had myocarditis, since resolved.  It may be a congenital problem or perhaps there is no reason at all.  There are a number of reasons one could have LBBB and have an otherwise perfectly healthy heart.  A pacemaker would completely fix the issue making it irrelevant as a risk factor for a Coronavirus.

Who's blowing smoke?

by AgentX86 - 2020-03-27 23:06:10

You're obviously as clueless as you are rude.  Leave it at that. 

RISK FACTORS

by Gemita - 2020-03-28 10:32:36

Hello Raymer,

I am very glad you feel fit and healthy with left bundle branch block and this is clearly a very good sign.  I have RBBB (Right Bundle Branch Block) with intermittent LBBB (Left Bundle Branch Block).  I can feel pretty awful when they are both playing up even with my dual chamber pacemaker.  I do not have any structural heart disease and certainly no blocked arteries, even at 71.  LBBB can be associated with heart disease I was told, but in my case it seems to be an intermittent electrical abnormality.

Ref Coronavirus, and are you in the at risk group with LBBB and pacemaker, I would suggest you are not at the “highest” risk level from your description of “I am 67 and quite fit and healthy”, although clearly I do not know your medical history.  Of course we are all at risk of getting the virus and passing it on but the conditions which would most worry me would be all forms of severe lung disease like severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, severe asthma, cystic fibrosis;   ischaemic heart disease and heart failure;   cancer, especially if undergoing chemotherapy;   autoimmune conditions like Lupus;   diabetes - in fact any condition which already undermines our immune systems would make the addition of Coronavirus particularly worrisome.  And let us not forget old age because our immune system will not be at its peak in an 81 year old for instance.

Continue doing what you are doing and stay well.  Try to keep your immune system as strong as you possibly can so that if you do contract the virus, you will have a fighting chance of overcoming it.

LBBB

by Dave H - 2020-03-28 12:14:39

Best way to address this issue is become more informed.  In the past, any Doc I saw would just casually mention LBBB to me without expounding on the issue. I was dumb enough to not inquire further. --- DON'T do the same!!  In any event, I should have been more diligent. The Docs(3 or 4 of them) were cavalier.  I had LBBB and maybe I shouldn't have had that ablation for A-Fib back in 2012.  Three trys, then OK for 4 months, then a NSR 125 heart rate ensued. Complete heart block was also at hand and, of couse, no Doc explained to me any of the consequenses of complete heart block, or what may have been the cause (ablation?). In other words, many Docs don't follow this rule: "First, do no harm."

BTW:

by Dave H - 2020-03-31 13:03:01

Just an observation of mine: When my EP - on March 10th - attempted to place (but failed) my third lead, the attitude of all the medical staff I chatted with there was pretty cavalier regarding the seriousness of COVID19.  Boy, have they changed their tune!!

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