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Heart problems found in recovered middle-aged Covid patients: doctors

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There is a sharp increase in the incidence of heart-related problems in recovered Covid patients in their 30s and 50s, due to long-term heart problems including shortness of breath, chest pain, sudden palpitations (arrhythmias, abnormalities of heartbeat), heart attacks. , heart failure (low pumping capacity), experts say.

Due to increased inflammation and blood clotting trends after Covid, heart patients faced problems after Covid infection, their heart condition worsened due to irregular monitoring and neglect towards heart problems, Dr. Pramod Narkhede, cardiologist, Apollo Clinic, Pune.

Dr. Pramod Narkhede, a cardiologist at Apollo Clinic, Pune, explained: “After becoming infected with the coronavirus, patients belonging to the age group of 30 to 50 years face shortness of breath due to pneumonia and lung infection and are lost heart problems masked by coughing and shortness of breath. . After Covid, a marked increase in acute heart problems was also seen in previously healthy people … the viral syndrome can range from the onset of systemic hypertension (blood pressure), mild palpitations, to severe, life-threatening arrhythmias , heart attacks, heart failure, acute pulmonary embolism and other vascular events such as peripheral arteriovenous occlusion and cerebrovascular accident “.

A 45-year-old COVID-19 patient, for example, developed chest pain and shortness of breath. His EKG showed changes in his heart rate. He had stopped taking aspirin. His echocardiography revealed compromised heart function. He was immediately brought in for a coronary intervention that revealed “100% thrombotic occlusion of one artery and 90% thrombotic stenosis of another main coronary artery.” He immediately underwent a successful angioplasty on both arteries and was stabilized in the ICU after two days of the procedure. He was discharged with regular follow-up counseling thereafter. There are many patients like him who are witnessing heart problems after Covid, suggested Dr. Narkhede.

Doctors recommend regular and frequent heart exams in the post-Covid period to detect the appearance of any new abnormalities in cardiac function as soon as possible.

What must be considered?

Once you detect signs such as dizziness, lightheadedness, sudden palpitations, hypertension, vomiting, sweating and shortness of breath, chest pain, immediately consult a doctor.

Early diagnosis and timely treatment will help these patients to lead a good quality of life, reducing morbidity and mortality. “To take care of your heart, eat a diet rich in fiber and protein. (Try to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, cereals, legumes, nuts, and legumes). Don’t eat spicy, oily, processed, or junk food. Control your high blood pressure and cholesterol through regular monitoring. Exercise every day, maintain optimal weight, avoid alcohol and smoking, ”said Dr. Prerna Agarwal, Apollo Diagnostics Technical Operations.

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