We’ll keep your heart beat right

One of the Top 5 Cardiologist in Faridabad, Dr. Sanjay Kumar, shares how Coronavirus can affect the heart, what safety measures heart patients need to take, and how the effect of lockdown stress on the heart in times of social distancing. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone has their own ways to protect themselves. Now a day’s people have started to take health more seriously and changing lifestyle for the better.

There is still a lot to know about Coronavirus and its effect on humans. While it is notorious that the virus can affect the lungs and bring about complications, many are unaware of the harmful affects the SARS-CoV-2 virus on our body’s most vital organ – our heart.

Heart Patients need to be even more cautious

Those with pre-existing heart conditions have to be more cautious as Coronavirus is known to affect them more badly.

Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Director and Head Department of Cardiology at Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad- says that people with chronic medical conditions and existing heart issues may have a less strong immune system. And hence, their body’s immune response may not be as strong as normal peoples when exposed to the Coronavirus.

Patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and other pre-existing heart problems are at a higher risk. But any COVID-19 positive patients can develop cardiac issues such as heart attack, pulmonary embolism, rhythm problems, angina and myocarditis says Dr. Sanjay Kumar.

He adds that there is a higher chance of complications with those with pre-existing coronary artery disease. This can lead to an increase in the formation of clots on existing blockages.

Remote Monitoring in Times of Social Distancing

While the necessary precautions like regular hand washing, maintain social distancing, and wearing masks are of utmost importance, there also needs to be monitoring of blood pressure, oxygen dispersion, and pulse rate on a regular basis.

Patients with implanted devices make the best use of remote monitoring and get their implanted devices, such as pacemakers, monitored regularly. This is known as programming of the pacemaker.

Impact of Lockdown Stress

Due to the lockdown, an increasing number of peoples are experiencing stress and having negative thoughts in their mind. This kind of stress and negativity is not good, especially for the heart. In such difficult times, it is very important to stay calm and be in a positive state of mind. Breathing exercises and yoga in the mornings can help reduce stress levels.

About Dr. Sanjay Kumar

Dr. Sanjay Kumar is Director and Head Department of Cardiology at Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad. Dr. Sanjay is a renowned and one of the top 5 Cardiologist in Faridabad, Haryana to have expertise in Angiography and Angioplasty. He is committed to working for the well-being of patients at any point in time.