Covid-19 is a spectrum disorder that can cause a variety of symptoms. These symptoms include asymptomatic infections to severe life-threatening illnesses. Heart damage is now a possible outcome of the Covid-19 virus. Acute respiratory distress syndrome and lung injury were the most common complications. We are going to be discussing the Covid-19 effect on the heart.
Impact of Covid-19 on the heart
Research and observations made during the pandemic revealed that the Covid-19 virus affected the heart of hospitalized patients, people with mild cases, and those without any previous heart conditions. Information obtained by Chetan Kothari through an RTI (Right to Information), shows that heart attacks accounted for nearly 23.8 percent (17.880) of the 75,165 Mumbai deaths up to June 2013. This is because the city experienced a sixfold increase in heart attacks in the first six months following the introduction of Covid-19. These heart-related problems may continue long after an individual has recovered from a severe case or milder form of Covid-19.
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Covid-19 is the leading cause of increasing heart disease rates
Doctors noticed an increase in heart attacks immediately after and during the Covid-19 period. The virus seems to have created conditions that increase clotting and blockages within the pulmonary vessels, leading to heart attacks. Myocarditis can be caused by the virus directly affecting the heart.
Myocarditis refers to inflammation of the myocardium (the middle layer of your heart muscle wall). It is rare and usually occurs due to a viral infection. Myocarditis affects the heart muscle as well as the electrical system that keeps it pumping. The heart’s ability to pump is affected. The Covid-19 virus can cause clot formation in any area of the body due to hyperinflammation. This can lead to blood vessels becoming damaged and other organs being affected.
Children’s impact of Covid-19
The coronavirus is not as dangerous in children as it is for adults. Multisystem Inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a rare, but potentially fatal, complication of Covid-19. It can lead to serious heart damage, shock, or even death. The condition usually presents within 2 to 4 weeks of Covid-19 infection. Children who survive MIS can develop abnormal heart rhythms or stiffened heart muscles. This prevents the heart from beating normally and allows them to continue living.
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Your heart health is affected by a sedentary or lockdown lifestyle
A significant factor in the pandemic’s impact on heart health was also the increased sedentary lifestyle. The pandemic caused significant changes in lifestyle, emotional well-being and mood disorders. This could have an impact on food preferences, such as loneliness, depression, boredom and anxiety. An increase in unhealthy eating habits and decreased physical activity due to Covid-19-induced lockdown resulted in weight gain, obesity, and cholesterol buildup within the blood vessels which, in turn, raised the risk for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).
Covid-19’s long-term impact
Covid-19‘s long-term cardiovascular effects remain to be determined. It is a concern for healthcare professionals worldwide as there are many patients complaining of exercise intolerance and other symptoms that may be related to cardiac problems.
Pay attention to the signs of declining heart health
It is important to be aware of warning signs and symptoms in order to understand your condition and take prompt action to avoid a tragedy. It is difficult to connect all sudden cardiac arrests and deaths to excessive cholesterol or heart attacks. You should be able to recognize signs such as inexplicable fainting and shortness of breath. It is important to seek medical attention immediately if any of these symptoms occur.