Inactivity, obesity and additional stress, which are more common due to lifestyle changes in the Covid-19 process, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Studies show that the risk of death from a heart attack during the coronavirus pandemic is twice as high as in previous periods. Because patients with symptoms of heart disease may hesitate to go to the hospital due to the concern of contamination and disrupt their treatment.
This situation causes the picture to become even more severe. Specialist from Memorial Antalya Hospital Cardiology Department. Dr. Nuri Cömert gave information about heart health and the things to be considered during the corona process at the “12-18 April Heart Health Week”.
If there are symptoms, a specialist should be consulted immediately.
Many people avoid going to the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic for fear of contracting the coronavirus. This causes many people to ignore heart attack symptoms. Going to the hospital early after the symptoms of a heart attack is vital to prevent loss of life from a heart attack. Even non-fatal heart attacks can cause heart failure in later years.
Death rates from heart diseases increase in pandemic
Studies have indicated that the probability of loss of life from a heart attack during the peak periods of the coronavirus epidemic is higher than in previous years. During the peak periods of the coronavirus pandemic, there was a 20 percent decrease in hospital admissions due to heart disease due to the fear of transmission. During the stable periods of the pandemic, it was observed that the admissions to the hospital started to increase again, the patients with heart attack were younger and the rate of death from heart attack was 2,4 times higher than the previous periods.
An increase in the number of patients with a heart attack may be observed.
In the coming periods, an increase in the number of patients who have a severe heart attack can be expected. It is important to reduce the risk of vaccination and Covid-19 infection in the patient group with a heart attack. Complaints such as pressure in the chest, tightness, sweating, palpitations, nausea and vomiting, which may be signs of a heart attack, should be taken into account. If any of the symptoms are present, hospitals should be admitted without wasting time, following the rules of social distance and wearing a mask. In the evaluations made, the risk of death from a heart attack can be reduced by following the treatment plans given according to the urgency of the situation.
Heart attack symptoms include:
- Professional support should be sought immediately with the 112 emergency call number.
- If there is, the person should be given aspirin and chewed.
- The person should be seated or recumbent.
- If the clothes are tight, they should be loosened.
- The patient should be allowed to breathe deeply and slowly.
- If the person has a sublingual pill, it can be used to save time.
- Coughing the patient can be helpful when a difference in heart rate is felt.
- The person who has had a heart attack should not be left alone, should not be wasted time, should not be given anything other than oral medication.