Heart Patients Face Higher Covid-19 Risk: Expert

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Dr Dharminder Kumar

Ajaz Ali

Jammu: A senior heart specialist on Tuesday cautioned that the deadly coronavirus affects the function of the heart and was a major cause of Covid related deaths.

‘People with heart issues need to take the vaccine at the earliest, if not already vaccinated. Those with kidney-liver problems and asthma patients also need to take the vaccine immediately in addition to their treatment’” Associate Professor of Cardiology, Super Speciality Hospital, Government Medical College, Jammu, Dr. Dharminder Kumar said Tuesday.

He also cautioned heart patients to adopt Covid super behavior amid the pandemic saying that the virus affects the function of the heart and was a major cause of deaths.

Explaining further, Dr Kumar said that the virus usually attacks the lungs and the heart and can become a cause of heart attack, heart block or heart failure.

“While in a heart attack, nutrition to the pulmonary artery is hindered due to blockage, in case of heart block, the electrical conduction system becomes abnormal and dysfunctional. In case of heart failure, the pumping action of the heart is affected because of weakness in heart muscles,” he said.

‘High inflammatory markers are detected in patients with potential heart issues. Such patients are given steroids, anticoagulants and other recommended drugs,” he added.

The prominent cardiologist also discouraged unsupervised administration of steroids to Covid patients.

“It has been observed that normally, patients show progress after supervision of steroids and their lungs and heart start working with increased capacity in 3-4 days,” he said.

Making a fervent appeal to people to adopt Covid appropriate behaviour to avoid post-Covid complications, Dr Kumar also advised the heart patients to take care of their heart and not to go out in public unless necessary.

“The patients are also advised to keep taking their medicines after consultation with their doctor,” he added.

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