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Hyderabad: Spurt in heart problems post Covid

HYDERABAD: The impact of cardiovascular disease on the heart post Covid-19 is found to be severe in many cases and heart disease progresses quickly in existing patients.

According to experts, there has been a steep rise in the number of Covid-recovered patients suffering from heart problems like sudden palpitation, chest pain, heart attack, heart failure, heart swelling, low pump capacity (low ejection fraction), blood clotting, etc.

“We are seeing increasing cases of patients developing heart disease after getting infected,” Dr Sai Ravi Shanker, head of department cardiology, Prathima Hospitals, said.

Most common cardiac disorders in Hyderabad and Telangana include acute coronary syndrome, myocardial infarction, hypertensive heart disease, valvular heart disease, cardiac failure, ischaemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and dysrhythmia. “High levels of inflammation in body is destroying healthy tissues post-Covid and causing heart ailments. Pandemic has also led to increased stress levels and imbalances which are affecting the heart,” said Vikram Thaploo, CEO, Apollo Tele Health.

“There’s been an increase in the number of cases of heart attacks, strokes and aggravation of deep vein thrombosis in patients who have recovered from Covid-19. It has been observed that 78 out of the 100 patients diagnosed with the infection reported symptoms of heart damage and inflammation,” he added.

With sedentary lifestyle fuelling the risk of heart diseases among youth, it is important to undergo preventive heart check ups for anyone above 40 years, say experts. “Nearly 70-80% heart diseases are preventable with regular heart check-ups and lifestyle changes,” said Dr Bharat Purohith, senior consultant cardiologist, Care Hospitals

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