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COVID-19 is an inflammatory disease. It causes inflammation in the body in most of the blood vessels. We also know that blood becomes thicker and often clot formation occurs in the lungs and heart arteries. In order to completely recover from COVID-19, it’s important to focus on post-COVID care as well.

Nagpur-based Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysicist Dr Chetan Rathi says that COVID-19 infection triggers inflammation in the body that may lead to weakening of the heart muscle, abnormalities in heart rhythm, and even clot formation in blood vessels.

Dr Rathi says that there is a sharp rise in incidences of heart-related issues in recovered COVID patients aged 30-50 years resulting in long-term cardiac problems including breathing difficulty, chest pain, sudden onset palpitation,(arrhythmias, abnormalities of heartbeat), heart attacks, and heart failure (low pumping capacity).

Dr Chetan Rathi

Dr Chetan Rathi

Dr Rathi answers the frequently asked questions related to heart and COVID-19.

Is there a correlation between COVID-19 and heart ailments

Dr Rathi: Yes, there is a correlation between COVID-19 and heart ailments but this has to be looked under two categories. The first set of people are those with pre-existing heart disease, such as those who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, valve operations, and are prone to more severe illness when they contract the COVID-19 virus. The second set or people are those who contract the COVID-19 virus and develop the viral involvement of the heart muscles, which can lead to myocarditis or heart failure. Such patients are also susceptible to developing acute blood clots in their coronary artery, which results in heart attacks. This is also something that can happen in younger patients.

Once a patient recovers from COVID-19, what are the signs he/she should watch out for with respect to the heart?

Dr Rathi: In recovering COVID-19 patients, if there are no pre-existing heart ailments, we usually are concerned with two aspects ? the occurrence of myocarditis and the formation of blood clots even after four to six weeks of the COVID-19 infection subsiding. So, even after four to six weeks of recovery one can have an acute attack. One of the signs that one can look out for include a heaviness in the chest. Patients suffering from myocarditis might experience rapid heartbeat and breathlessness. In such cases one is advised to get a check-up done immediately by a cardiologist.

For someone who has recovered from COVID-19, is there a risk of having a heart attack – even with no pre-existing heart condition?

Dr Rathi: If any patient recovering from COVID-19 gets any new symptom again like shortness of breath, which is out of proportion along with some peculiar sensation like a very fast or slow heart rate, unconsciousness, dizziness, one should always consider that it could be a heart attack. Especially in those patients who have underlying diabetes, high blood pressure and these people are much more vulnerable so they have to be much more careful.

Are heart patients at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19?

Dr Rathi: No, the risk of contracting COVID-19 arises due to exposure from aerosols. If you have a pre-existing heart ailment then the chances of COVID-19 impacting you severely is higher. Underlying co-morbidities only increase the risk of severity of COVID-19 and does not put one at any risk of contracting the virus.

What timely intervention must be carried out if a heart patient contracts COVID-19?

Dr Rathi: Heart patients who have contracted COVID-19 need to be monitored even more closely. Timely blood work, to ascertain the CRP and Ddimer readings must be done to help understand the severity of the infection. This will provide an indication of the complications that might arise in such patients. If any doubt, they should consult a cardiologist immediately.

Is it normal for one to have heart palpitations and pulse rate reaching 130 post COVID-19?

Dr Rathi: Post COVID-19, there are several reasons why the pulse rate in a patient can be high; more pertaining to autonomic dysfunction. The patient continuing to have a fever, low oxygen saturation level, anxiety and myocarditis can lead to one having a high pulse rate too.

Are vaccines safe for patients with heart conditions
Dr Rathi: Yes, they are absolutely safe for anyone with a heart ailment. Both the vaccines currently available in India are safe.

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Priyanka Nahata Jain launches kid’s journal ‘THE LIL LUCKY FEET’ as she turns 30 | Nagpur

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As Nagpur resident Priyanka Nahata Jain turned 30, she took her friends by surprise with the launch of a kids journal titled ‘THE LIL LUCKY FEET’ – for kids aged between four to eight and eight to 13 years – launched by her daughter Krisha.

The journal focuses on how kids can develop fresh prospective and help them create a thinking pattern that will make them want to explore and question life. Priyanka said, “It’s a self reflection and self assessment journal, in which kids learn about themselves that make broadens their prospective.”

A sneak peek into the birthday party of Priyanka Nahata Jain that recently took place at Pablo The Art Cafe’ & Lounge. 

Also read: Mahima Chaudhry graces Miss and Mrs India Queen of Nation beauty pageant in Nagpur

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Mahima Chaudhry graces Miss and Mrs India Queen of Nation beauty pageant in Nagpur

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Mahima Chaudhry graces Miss and Mrs India Queen of Nation beauty pageant in Nagpur…

Magenta Arts & Entertainment organised Miss and Mrs India Queen of Nation Season 2 2022 at Hotel Le Meridian in Nagpur on Tuesday. While actress Mahima Chaudhry was the judge, actor Aman Verma hosted the pageant show.  

Speaking about the event, organiser of the pageant show, Monica Ganvir said that she aimed to encourage every woman who dreamt big. She said she wanted to provide a platform to such women in Central India so that they could showcase their hidden talent. 

Post auditions, around 18 contestants across India got qualified. The event that lasted for three days in Nagpur included various activities like talent round, fitness round, photoshoot, personal interview and ramp walk.

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India’s longest surviving tiger passes away in West Bengal

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Raja, India’s longest surviving tiger, passed away on July 11 (Monday) at South Khairbari (SKB) Tiger Rescue Center in West Bengal.

Forest officials pay their respect to ‘Raja’ after his demise

Raja, India’s longest surviving tiger, passed away on July 11 (Monday) at South Khairbari (SKB) Tiger Rescue Center in West Bengal. Raja was 25 years 10 months old.

Forest department informed: “With a very sad heart, this is to inform you that ‘Raja’ the tiger from SKB Rescue Center, died today morning around 3 a.m. He died at the age of 25 years and 10 months making him one of the longest surviving tigers in the country.”

Raja was brought to the SKB Tiger Rescue Center in North Bengal in August 2008, after being injured by a crocodile in a territorial fight. Veterinary doctor Pralay Mandal along with Wildlife Guard Partha Sarthi Sinha and other staff members, with utmost dedication and labour, had then healed the magnificent beast at South Khairbari.

Raja was almost 11 years old when he was bought to SKB rescue centre, and there he survived for another 15 years, making him one of the oldest surviving tigers in the country.

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