COVID patients with heart diseases may develop severe infection: Cardiologist

Srinagar : Asserting that COVID patients with heart diseases may develop moderate to severe infection, a senior Cardiologist said that the virus also increases the chances of heart attack.

Dr Irfan Ahmad Bhat, Consultant Cardiologist, Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar said that patients with heart problems and uncontrolled blood pressure are susceptible to infection and conversely COVID patients also develop heart problems.

The Cardiologist said that COVID patient having history of any heart problem like heart attack, cardiac stent or any other chronic heart problem should continue to take his prescribed medicine at optimal time and further added that no change in medicine shall be made during the infection. He 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 COVID infection.

Emphasizing on vaccination for heart patients, he 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.

Dr Irfan said that it has been observed that COVID virus initially affected lungs then directly or indirectly affects heart.

Meanwhile, he said that internal stable disease of some patients gets unstable due to covid infection which increases the chances of heart attack.

The Cardiologist also stressed on observance of COVID appropriate behavior strictly to be safe from infection.