Coronavirus has everyone’s attention. Everybody is being cautious and people with heart diseases or any heart problems have more reasons to be cautious. People who are above 65 years of age with hypertension, diabetes or suffering from any heart related illnesses; they may develop more severe symptoms. The virus could affect heart disease patients in several ways, said Dr Sanjay Kumar India’s best heart specialist in Faridabad and interventional cardiologist.

Any person can contact the virus in the same manner, i.e., via droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing, talking or via touching contaminated surfaces. It directly infects the lungs, as a result of which there occurs a drop in the blood oxygen level. The heart beat faster and it’s harder to supply oxygen to major organs.

During this situation, people with existing heart problems or diseases, this virus can cause a severe and rapid deterioration. People with chronic medical conditions and any existing heart issues may also have a less robust immune system and their body’s immune response may not be as strong when exposed to Coronavirus, said Dr Sanjay Kumar, heart specialist in Faridabad, India.

Dr Sanjay Kumar added that people who have fatty buildup in their arteries, also known as plaques, may also be at risk from this virus. Viral illnesses weaken these plaques, possibly contributing to blockage of artery supplying blood into the heart, therefore putting patients at risk of heart attack.

Heart specialists may face one challenge. It is that previous viruses that affected the society at large, such as SARS, MERS offered more insights as compared to Coronavirus, for which information is changing almost every hour. Previous respiratory illness related viruses like SARS and MERS were also linked to problems such as inflammation of the heart muscle, heart attack and rapid-onset heart failure.

Dr. Sanjay, who is also the best cardiac surgeon in India, mentioned that there are no special protocols for higher-risk cardiac patients, but they should be more careful by following the necessary health practices-  protecting themselves by staying at home, maintaining social distances, washing hands regularly, keeping surfaces clean.

He added, in addition to these recommendations, it is extremely important to exercise (can practice breathing exercise at home), get enough sleep, manage stress, and eat a balanced diet. These healthy habits will help to boost the immune system in the longer period. For further details about heart related disorders, you may contact Dr. Sanjay Kumar, the best Heart specialist in Faridabad.