Severe Covid-19 survivors are at a heightened risk of developing heart illnesses, according to Dr. Ambuj Roy, a renowned cardiologist at AIIMS. As the pandemic continues to affect millions of people worldwide, it is becoming increasingly important to monitor the long-term effects of the virus on survivors’ health.
Dr. Roy emphasizes the need for survivors to be cautious and proactive in monitoring risk factors for cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. These individuals should undergo regular assessments to detect any signs of potential heart ailments and seek treatment if necessary. The heightened risk remains for at least a year after battling severe Covid-19.
However, it is not just Covid-19 survivors who are at risk. Heart attacks in India have been on the rise due to various factors, including poor diet, lack of exercise, tobacco use, uncontrolled high blood pressure, stress, and obesity. Lifestyle changes over the past decade have contributed significantly to the increasing incidence of heart diseases in the country. Notably, smoking and e-cigarette usage among the youth have posed a major risk.
India holds the unfortunate title of being the diabetes capital of the world, further burdening the nation with heart diseases. Additionally, South Asians are genetically predisposed to heart ailments, making the situation even more complicated.
To reduce the risk of heart attacks, individuals are urged to adopt a healthy lifestyle by incorporating green vegetables and fruits into their diet, engaging in regular exercise, quitting smoking, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight. Such changes have proven to be effective in preventing heart diseases and can benefit those who have already been diagnosed with coronary artery disease.
In addition to lifestyle changes, seeking treatment for other health conditions that increase the risk of heart attacks is essential. It is crucial for individuals to prioritize their overall health and well-being to prevent heart diseases and their associated complications.
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