Patients with heart disease are susceptible to viral infections. Therefore, normally, during the viral season, it is recommended to repeat the visit to the attending physician to adjust the treatment. Cardiologists warn that this year, more than ever, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, heart patients should not delay medical consultations.
People with chronic cardiovascular disease are more vulnerable to viral infections, such as the coronavirus epidemic, which virtually destabilizes their metabolic balance.
„Comorbidities are crucial in determining the prognosis of patients with Covid-19. It should be noted that most cardiovascular risk factors (diabetes, hypertension, obesity, old age) increase the risk of unfavorable evolution of this pandemic.Explains Dr. Stefan Mosch, Cardiologist at the Ares Cardiology Hospital, the largest private interventional cardiology hospital in Transylvania.
Photo: Dr. Stefan Mosch
While coronavirus infection can affect anyone, patients with heart disease may be more likely to develop moderate to severe forms of the disease. This is because once it enters the body, the virus damages the lungs and causes an inflammatory response that affects the cardiovascular system. On the one hand, with lung damage, the level of oxygen in the blood decreases. On the other hand, it lowers blood pressure. Thus, the heart is forced to beat faster and harder to provide the necessary oxygen to the important organs of the body.
Patients with heart disease, such as heart failure, are in delicate balance, regulated by appropriate treatment. This additional pressure on the cardiovascular system can quickly cause imbalance and worsening of the disease.
„In addition, cardiovascular prevention, where an important point is regular consultation with a specialist, will obviously be much more needed during this period! Therefore, do not delay regular consultations, they will really help you pay attention to Covid, it will not increase the risk of contracting this virus! Outpatient clinics and hospitals are extremely controlled environments that are clearly harder to infect than in public places!», Attracts the attention of Dr. Stefan Mosch.
In addition, heart patients should be aware that viral infections of any kind can cause an acute event, such as a heart attack. Due to the inflammatory effect of the infection, there is a risk that the fat deposits deposited on the walls and walls of the blood vessels will burst and clog the vessel, blocking blood flow to the heart.
Acute myocardial infarction today can be treated with a minimally invasive method called coronary angioplasty. This intervention, available at ARES Cardioteam Cardiology Hospital, involves inserting thin sheaths (catheters) into the arteries and directing them to the coronary arteries. There are areas where blood flow is blocked and arteries are dilated with balloons or stents. The patient’s subsequent recovery depends on how quickly he arrives at the hospital.
„Delaying and neglecting regular consultations has led to the presentation of patients at an advanced stage of the disease, when complete recovery is even more difficult to achieve. For example, the presentation 12 hours after the onset of symptoms of an acute heart attack in a hospital with the possibility of intervention therapy will lead to the possibility of heart failure over time, a situation that is extremely difficult for the patient, the family. and the medical system. Or neglecting pre-existing heart valve problems, lack of timely treatment can lead to physical disappearance of patients.“Warns Dr. Stefan Mosch.
The warning applies especially to patients with known angina pectoris or those with multiple cardiovascular risk factors (smokers, hypertensives, diabetics, dyslipidemia) who suffer from severe chest pain lasting more than 20 minutes and does not subside. nitroglycerin, pain usually accompanied by shortness of breath or profuse sweating. Other symptoms to look out for: severe sudden pain in the arms or legs, accompanied by coldness and pallor of the skin, disturbances in the sensation or mobility of the arms or legs, difficulty speaking or balance, fainting, suffocation, rapid palpitations accompanied by impaired general condition . All these signs should sound the alarm and be followed by an immediate presentation to the cardiologist or service room.
The Ares Cardiotherapy Cardiothema Hospital, at 8 Republika Street, has taken all safety measures to treat patients in a protected area in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ares’s mission in Romania is to develop the calling in cardiology and the approach of as many Romanians as possible to innovative therapeutic solutions that preserve the integrity of the patient’s body. Since 2011, thousands of interventions have been carried out at ARES, including 12 in absolute national premiere and one in European premiere.