COVID-19 threatens people with heart diseases, as winter hints at a second wave

COVID-19 threatens people with heart diseases, as winter hints at a second wave

New Delhi (NVI): As the winter cold hints at a second wave, medical experts from Maharashtra say that coronavirus can prove to be more dangerous for heart patients in India as they are more likely to develop heart complications and are likely to die from the deadly contagion.

Notably, according to a major study, researchers from across the globe have found that Covid-19 patients with cardiovascular co-morbidities or risk factors are more likely to develop heart complications while being hospitalized and are likely to die from coronavirus.

Coronavirus crisis is not over yet as many countries have been infected and are still fighting to overcome the pandemic, but now countries fear a second wave of infection all over the world and winter cold intensifies.

Even though, the virus is coming under control in Maharashtra, but cannot go unnoticed.

Giving more information about this, Director of Shushrusha Heart Care and Multispeciality Hospital in Nerul and Cardiologist Dr. Sanjay Tarlekar said, “Winter is considered to be the season of cold and fever. Even after the corona infection, there are fever and chills, so there will be a bit of confusion among the citizens.”

“Therefore, citizens need to take special care in this season. The World Health Organization (WHO) is predicting a second wave of corona and heart disease in winter,”  he added.

Tarlekar further said, “I would like to make an appeal to the citizens of India, especially those people who are staying in a strong winter zone to avoid alcohol and smoking which causes irregular heartbeat, dizziness or chest pain. People with heart disease or high blood pressure should avoid excessive physical activity in winter.”

“Citizens who have had heart surgery or citizens who have heart problems should ensure that their heart is healthy by going through all the necessary heart checkups. It is also important to control blood sugar and cholesterol in winter. Eat less salt in your diet during this season.  Eating too much salt is also bad for your heart health,” the doctor said.

Commenting on prediction of a second wave of coronavirus, Dr. Mayur Jain, senior Interventional Cardiologist from Apex Hospital Mulund said, “No medical conclusions have been drawn as to how the virus will behave in cold across the country.”

“This is the first winter season since the corona pandemic hit India. Public transport was closed during the monsoons, which reduces the number of commuters, but now the situation has changed.  All the main markets and vegetable markets have started in Maharashtra and the pandemic should not be considered an illusion of the past,” Dr Mayur said.

“Patients with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart diseases are urged to take special care.  Wearing a face mask while going out for Diwali shopping, keeping proper distance between two persons and washing hands is also important when you come home from outside.”

-CHK