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Cardiac patients & risk of COVID severity

The rapid spread of Omicron, a new variant of COVID infection is one of the major health concerns today. People who are not following COVID appropriate behavior consistently are certainly more at the risk of catching it because of its high infectivity rate and easy transmission from one person to another. Eventually,they are also more likely to propagate it to other people. We also should keep in mind that this rapid spread may bring more complications to cardiac patients. Let’s get some insights. 

Considering the scenario mentioned abovepatients with comorbiditiessuch asdiabetes, hypertension, obesity and any severe disease should be more cautious as this infection may bring more severity to their ailments. COVID infection is not only a respiratory infection rather it potentially affects almost every aspect of our wellbeing. In process the same infection increases the risk of coagulabilityof the blood and altered biochemical parameters. This leads an infected patient to develop the symptoms of coronary artery disease. This is one of the major reasons for the increased incidence of cardiac problems among COVID patients and post COVID syndrome as well. The same condition is still bringing more complexities for patients dealing with heart disease. Along with that increased inactivity, sedentary lifestyle, old age also add to the risk.

Hence the need of the hour is to follow COVID appropriate behavior.Repeated hand sanitization/washing with soap, wearing mask before stepping out, and following social distance practice are some of the preventive measures today which carry the potential to save lives. Along with these Cardiac patients are suggested to be regular with their treatment, medicines and follow every required consultation and continue to follow advice on diet and exercise.

Dr. Chander Mohan Mittal

Head of the Department & Senior Consultant

Cardiac Surgery