Post-Covid Unit: Consequences after overcoming the disease.
We will repeat it as often as necessary and it will never be enough: At Juaneda Hospitales, we are close to you. That is why we always take care of your health and well-being.
These months have undoubtedly been very complicated for everyone, but especially for all those who have had the misfortune of contracting COVID-19.
Some were lucky enough to be asymptomatic, but other patients had to cope with much more severe symptoms and the associated consequences.
The experience of this year and a half confirms that almost all patients who have been infected and overcome the disease suffer from sequelae of various kinds: Respiratory problems, pain and muscle weakness, cardiovascular problems, fatigue, weight loss or general malaise. In addition, digestive problems, neurological, renal, dermatological or speech and attention disorders.
For this reason, and with the aim of being able to monitor the state of health and the after-effects of the disease in our patients, we have decided to set up a Post-Covid Unit.
A room where all those of you who have overcome the disease can go, regardless of the severity of the symptoms. There we can analyse and characterise the possible consequences that the virus has caused in your body.
What tests are done in the Post-Covid-Unit?
It is important to analyse the consequences of the virus, so we need to do a series of tests to know what to look for:
1. Clinical assessment.
2. Complete physical examination with measurement of blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation.
3. Complete blood analysis with hemogram, biochemistry, coagulation, liver profile, inflammatory values (C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, interleukin-6, ferritin), haemostatic balance (D-dimer), creatine kinase, troponin, glycaemia and COVID-19 serology.
Depending on the clinical condition of the patient, further tests are performed:
- In patients who have had pneumonia or have dyspnoea after the infection has resolved, a chest X-ray is recommended.
- Assessment of dyspnoea by respiratory function tests: forced spirometry, diffusion test or the six-minute walk test.
- If respiratory insufficiency is present, an arterial blood gas analysis is performed.
- Thoracic computed angiotomography, high-resolution chest tomography or pulmonary endoscopy depending on the involvement of the lungs.
- Electrocardiogram and echocardiography if heart involvement is suspected.
- Assessment of depression/anxiety symptoms.
- Sleep assessment.
- Assessment of nutritional status following coronavirus infection.
- Assessment of possible neurological disorders or neuromuscular involvement.
At Juaneda Hospitales, we put all our resources at the service of your health and recovery.
If you have passed a coronavirus infection and want to know how it has affected your health, you can make an appointment by calling 971 28 00 00.
Juaneda Hospitales, near you.