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Expert alert: Have heart disease? Protect your health during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Automatic food

These are foods that people eat without thinking, such as the bread, or chips and salsa, served before a meal.

Adulterated food

These foods look better than they are because of the chemicals and processing used to produce them. Adulterated foods are not healthy additions.

Keep up the exercise

Dr. Kopecky suggests that patients continue with their recommended exercise routines if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Besides providing the comfort of keeping a routine, regular exercise helps relieve stress and maintain weight. He cautions that eating more without exercising will cause weight gain.

"It's better to recognize weight gain on your scale early on, before it starts to cause symptoms which lead to shortness of breath and the need to be seen by your doctor, or to go to the emergency room," says Dr. Kopecky.


"Remember, do all you can to stay away from hospitals during this pandemic, especially if you have a heart condition."

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