Heart Patients Susceptible To Covid-19: Expert

Dr Irfan Ahmad Bhat

Srinagar: A senior cardiologist said on Saturday that the patients with heart problems and uncontrolled blood pressure are susceptible to infection and conversely Covid patients also develop heart problems.

“Heart disease is very common among severe Covid patients,” said Dr Irfan Ahmad Bhat, Consultant Cardiologist Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, while speaking about the impact of coronavirus infection on heart health.

He said patients with heart problems and uncontrolled blood pressure are susceptible to infection and conversely Covid patients also develop heart problems.

The senior cardiologist also said that Covid patient having history of any heart problem like heart attack, cardiac stent or any other chronic heart problem shall continue to take their prescribed medicine at optimal time.

He also said that no change in medicine shall be made during Covid infection and advised heart patients to remain in touch with their personal and concerned doctors for suggestions in this regard,

He also asked Covid patients having heart issues not to pay heed to rumours regarding the ill effects of prescribed medicines during infection seriously.

While emphasizing on vaccine jabs for heart patients, Dr Bhat said that vaccination is very important for such patients who are taking blood thinner drugs like warfarin, aspirin or acitrom and there is no need to panic.

Urging people to protect themselves from catching infection, the senior cardiologist said that it has been observed that virus initially affects lungs then directly or indirectly affects heart.

Dr Bhat further said that internal stable disease of some patients gets unstable due to Covid infection which increases the chances of heart attack.

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