Overview

Overview

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a dangerous virus that affects your body in many ways. It can also harm your heart and cardiovascular system.

Studies show that COVID-19 can damage the heart muscle and cause inflammation, scarring and blood clots. Your risk of complications from the virus is also higher if you have heart disease.

Why Choose Cleveland Clinic for Cardiovascular Recovery from COVID-19?

Cleveland Clinic’s Post-COVID Cardiovascular Recovery Program helps patients who have had COVID-19 begin the recovery process. The program uses a multidisciplinary approach to treatment by including Cleveland Clinic doctors and other healthcare providers who are experts in different areas. They work together to create a complete plan of care to meet your specific needs.

Our Post-COVID Cardiovascular Recovery Program can help you if:

  • It's been more than 4 weeks since you had COVID-19, and you have any symptoms of heart disease, such as:
    • Chest pain.
    • Feeling short of breath.
    • Feeling dizzy or light-headed.
    • Passing out or feeling like you might pass out.
    • Heart palpitations (feel like your heart is beating very fast, skipping beats or fluttering).
    • Feeling very tired.
    • Feeling like you can’t do your normal activities.
  • You were told during your infection that you have a positive heart inflammatory biomarker (NT-Pro-BNP and/or troponin)
  • You have a history of cardiovascular disease and are worried about how COVID-19 has affected your heart.
  • You are an athlete and worried about the effects of COVID-19 on your heart and if it will affect your ability to return to play.
  • You have cardiovascular symptoms related to post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC)

Patients in our Post-COVID Cardiovascular Recovery Program will receive:

  • A complete evaluation to screen for COVID-19 complications that affect your heart and cardiovascular system.
  • An initial evaluation to screen for other complications affecting your:
    • Lungs and respiratory system.
    • Brain and neurological system.
What To Expect

What To Expect

Whether you are coming from around the corner or around the world, you want to know what to expect before, during and after your visit with us. If you have any questions while reviewing this information, please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

What should I expect before my appointment?

An important part of the appointment process at Cleveland Clinic is your doctor’s review of your medical records and results of imaging tests you have had, including x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and more. This review will help your doctor understand your medical history and helps prevent any unnecessary tests. 

We have several ways to get medical information to your doctor.

If your scheduled appointment is less than one week away, please make sure to bring your records to your appointment.

What should I expect on the day of my appointment?

Your appointment may last the entire day, so be prepared. Your appointment will begin by meeting with a nurse or physician assistant (PA) who will collect information about your medical history, symptoms and test results, which will be stored electronically so your doctor can access it during your exam.

A cardiologist from the Post-COVID Cardiovascular Recovery Program will review your records, take a medical history and perform a physical exam. You may need blood and imaging tests, such as an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, MRI or CT scan. Your provider will use these tests to help diagnose your condition and to create an individualized treatment plan for you.

If you need to meet with other multidisciplinary specialists, we will try to arrange a meeting with them within a day to limit your travel as much as possible to and from Cleveland Clinic. The Post-COVID Cardiovascular Recovery Program cardiologist will talk to you about your diagnosis and plan of care within 1 to 2 days, depending on when your test results are completed.

How long will I need to stay at Cleveland Clinic?

You should plan on spending 1 to 2 days in the Cleveland area. Your stay may be longer if treatment is scheduled at the time of your visit.

What is the follow-up process like?

Your doctor will talk to you about your plan for follow-up care. Both in-person and virtual visit options are available as appropriate.

Our Team

Our Team

Our multidisciplinary cardiovascular medical team includes specialists from clinical cardiology, cardiovascular imaging, heart failure, electrophysiology, vascular medicine and sports medicine.

Jerry Estep, MD
Jerry Estep, MD
Co-Director, Post-COVID Cardiovascular Recovery Center

Mina Chung, MD
Mina Chung, MD
Co-Director, Post-COVID Cardiovascular Recovery Center

Kenneth McCurry, MD
Kenneth McCurry, MD
Surgical Director, Post-COVID Cardiovascular Recovery Center

Clinical Cardiology

Cardiovascular Imaging

Heart Failure

Electrophysiology

Vascular Medicine

Cardiovascular Surgery

Cardiovascular Medicine Quality

Other COVID-19 Specialists at Cleveland Clinic

A variety of Cleveland Clinic specialists are available to provide evaluation and treatment for complications following COVID-19. These include experts in infectious disease, pulmonary medicine, neurology, psychology, nutrition therapy and family medicine.

Cleveland Clinic reCOVer Clinic: A multidisciplinary approach to COVID-19 care and recovery

William Lago, MD
William Lago, MD
Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic reCOVer Clinic

Infectious Disease

Community Care/Family Medicine

Cardiology

Pulmonary

Neurology

Headache

Geriatrics

Psychiatry

Neuropsych

Functional Medicine

PT/OT/Speech

  • Christine Schulte, PT
  • Mary Stilphen, PT

Integrative Medicine

Vascular Medicine

ENT

Sleep Medicine

Rheumatology

Appointments & Location

Appointments & Location

To make an appointment with the Post-COVID Cardiovascular Recovery Center, please call 216.444.6697 or toll-free at 800.223.2273, ext. 46697

Traveling to Cleveland Clinic

To help make your visit to Cleveland Clinic as easy as possible, please review our travel guide:

What if I am worried about safely traveling to Cleveland Clinic because of COVID-19?

Many patients have concerns about coronavirus and seeking medical care. At Cleveland Clinic, the health and safety of our patients is our top priority. Learn more about our increased safety protocols and what you can expect when you visit Cleveland Clinic.

Still have questions?

If you need more information, send us a message, chat with a heart nurse or call our Resource Information Center at 216.445.9288 or toll-free at 866.289.6911. We would be happy to help you.

Location

The Post-COVID Cardiovascular Recovery Center is located at Cleveland Clinic's main campus:

J Building - Sydell & Arnold Miller Family Pavilion
9500 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44195

Resources

Resources

Health Essentials

Find helpful posts from Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials site, featuring the latest health and wellness news:

Podcasts

Listen to episodes of Cleveland Clinic's podcast Love Your Heart, to learn more about COVID-19 and how it affects your heart:

News

Cleveland Clinic physicians have been at the forefront of research and care for patients with COVID-19. See how:

  • The Washington Post – Many health experts worry coronavirus could cause lasting heart complications for athletes. Dr. Michael Emery comments. Read more
  • WJW-TV 8 – Dr. Marc Gillinov talks about how the coronavirus pandemic impacts the heart. Read more
  • NBC News – Cases of broken heart syndrome have ticked upward since the pandemic began, study finds Read more
  • Health.com – Study finds broken heart syndrome has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drs. Ankur Kalra and Grant Reed discuss the findings. Read more
  • USA Today – New evidence suggests the coronavirus has lasting impacts on the heart. Dr. Paul Cremer comments. Read more
  • Health.com and WJW-TV 8 – Dr. Daniel Cantillon comments on new research linking COVID-19 and myocarditis. Read more or Watch the story
  • STAT News – The world wants answers on Gilead’s Covid-19 drug. Experts worry next studies may increase uncertainty. Dr. Steven Nissen comments on clinical trial results for Remdesivir to treat COVID-19. Read more
  • The Washington Post – Why older and chronically ill Americans are at greatest risk from coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new coronavirus guidelines saying those suffering from serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, are at greater risk. Dr. Steven Nissen comments. Read more

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