"Cardiological control" warning to those who had Kovid-19
Hacettepe University Cardiovascular Surgery Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Ahmet Tulga Ulus stated that one third of the people hospitalized due to the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) may have heart tissue damage and the risk of heart attack, so cardiological control after recovery is important.
Prof. Dr. Ulus said in a statement to the AA reporter that although half of the patients had symptoms of a heart attack, they did not easily apply to the hospital, and that the anxiety of catching Kovid-19 prevented the fear of dying from a heart attack.
Advising the patients not to wait at home if there is a suspicion of a heart attack, they should call 112 immediately and apply to the hospital by wearing a mask, Ulus said, "We lost many of our patients who had a heart attack at home. It is necessary to find a solution. You will be treated in hospital from Kovid-19, but If you have a heart attack at home, you could die. Contact your hospital or doctor. " said.
Ulus also gave advice to those who recovered from Kovid-19.
Pointing out that disruption of the heartbeat pattern (arrhythmia), inflammation of the heart muscle, blood clotting problems, and blocking of capillaries by the clot formed, Ulus said:
"The permanent damage of the coronavirus occurs when the virus binds directly to the ACE2 receptors in the heart cells. The virus entering the heart cells causes the deterioration of cell functions. Symptoms of inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) and inflammation of the heart membrane can occur weeks after the patients recover. Damage and inflammation (inflammation) caused by the virus on the heart can cause heart failure. During Kovid-19 disease, substances secreted to destroy the virus in the body can cause blood clotting in some people. "
- "Heart damage can also be seen in healthy individuals"
Prof. Dr. Ulus said that the new type of coronavirus has only been recognized for a year, so there is not enough data to reveal its long-term effects, but in line with the information from many international centers, it is thought that the effects of Kovid-19 on the heart may be permanent.
Stating that factors such as the patient's virus load, immune response and accompanying diseases determine the rate at which the heart is affected by Kovid-19 disease, Ulus continued as follows:
"The likelihood of the heart being affected is higher in people with various health problems, but individuals who were completely healthy before Kovid-19 can also suffer from heart damage. Kovid-19 causes weakening in the veins and leaking blood from the weakened veins. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol. Patients with diseases such as obesity may develop more serious problems as a result of getting Kovid-19 disease.When recovering patients experience a problem related to cardiovascular health such as chest pain and difficulty breathing, they should consult a healthcare institution or doctor immediately. One-third of the patients hospitalized due to illness may develop heart tissue damage and risk of heart attack.