Last modified on May 2021
With inputs from Dr. Pragnya Rao - General Physician
The heart is a key organ of our biological system. We are all aware of how vital our heart is for our survival and the overall functioning of our bodies.Across the world, cardiovascular diseases constitute some of the primary causes of death.
The World Heart Organisation, in late 2019, published an article on World Health Day specifying that over 17.9 million people die every year due to heart disorders.
In India, heart disease contributes to 28.1% of total deaths in India.
Cardiac arrests and heart attacks both pertain to the heart, but they are separate heart conditions. Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably in normal conversation, there are actually many differences between cardiac arrest and heart attack. Understanding the difference between them can help identify symptoms and provide the right patient care.
Today, both of these conditions are affecting an increasing number of people, irrespective of age. Unhealthy lifestyle choices and genetics play a huge role in why young Indians have become more susceptible to various heart diseases.
COVID-19 and the heart: What you need to know?
Though it is known that novel coronavirus affects the lungs and causes shortness of breath, some of the new studies have stated that deadly viruses can injure the heart as well. According to clinical trials, coronavirus diseases could increase the risk of blood clots in patients.
People who have underlying medical conditions, including coronary heart disease, pose a greater risk to catch the symptoms of COVID-19. Older adults with heart disease could be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 infection.
However, following the advice of the health authorities, and also a bit of extra care can help you limit the complication of COVID-19 exposure:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, that is maintaining a two-meter distance from individuals whenever possible
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean often touched surfaces like light switches, doorknobs, or handles with a disinfectant
- If you see mild symptoms of COVID-19, consult a doctor online through a video or phone call.
- Do not panic or stress. Try meditation to calm COVID related fears and worries
COVID in India is spiralling, and it is of dire importance to get the vaccine shots on time to prevent avert any major lung or heart diseases. The COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective and currently being administered to all Indian citizens. Additionally, you can visit MFine’s COVID-19 care page to explore all aspects related to COVID and even book an RTPCR test online in just a few clicks.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, getting medical help for heart-related issues may be difficult. However, we at MFine are able to offer instant online doctor consultations where you can speak to leading cardiologists in the country through chat or video calls from the comfort of your home.