Cardiac and neurological disorders have seen a slight increase due to the post-COVID state which is believed to have started since the second wave of the virus, according to health experts.
Speaking to ANI on Saturday, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Health, and also Executive Director, said there was an increase in brain and heart related issues during the second wave, however , in the current scenario, more data is required.
“COVID patients, especially during the second wave, there has definitely been a slight increase in the incidence of COVID patients developing clot forms and clots in the brain or in the heart. But this pattern we don’t have seen that during the second wave. But we have to really get the data and I’m the only one who can say if that’s really the case, but we saw a slightly higher incidence of strokes and heart problems, ” said Dr. Shetty.
However, Dr. Nitish Naik, Professor, Department of Cardiology, AIIMS, Delhi, said the study on the role of COVID in precipitating acute heart problems after recovery is still evolving.
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“All flu-like illnesses have always been associated with an increased risk of heart problems. This has been known for many years and Covid also behaves similarly. Our knowledge of the role of Covid 19 in precipitating heart problems acute after recovery are still Although there are reports of cardiac involvement even after even mild COVID infections, the vast majority will recover without the need for investigations or interventions,” he said .
The expert explained that it may happen that some people experience persistent pain, fatigue and palpitations during the recovery phase like after any viral illness.
“However, people with breathing problems or significant pain should see a doctor for further evaluation,” he said of symptoms and when to see a doctor for evaluation.
Dr Arun Sharma, senior consultant neurosurgeon at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, opined that people who have suffered from COVID are at higher risk of neurological disorders.
“Patients who have suffered from Covid have a higher risk of neurological disorders. A good number of young patients come with stroke. There has also been an increase in mental health problems. Psychological problems within the population are increasing,” said Dr. Arun.
“People are only advised light to moderate exercise and regular relaxation breathing exercises (pranayama/meditation). This will reduce their stress levels at home and at work,” he added in talking about some preventive measures.
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According to Dr. Manjari Tripathi, Professor of Neurology at AIIMS, post-COVID neurological disorders are on the rise due to their effect on the brain.
“Certainly, post-COVID 19 neurological disorders are on the rise due to the effect on the brain, whether it’s reduced memory or dementia, or strokes, the syndrome of Guillain-Barré (GB), which is neuropathy, severe neuropathy and worsening of seizures and epilepsy. So it’s known neurologically. Yes, the heart is also affected. People come with heart attacks younger, the younger ones come with heart attacks, and there is more myocarditis,” he said.
Dr Tripathi suggested that patients should get tested if they are facing any neurological disorders and start their treatment.
“Suggestions for these are that as soon as there is minimal discomfort like chest pain or certain symptoms. They should not be confused with indigestion and a checkup should be done. Particularly if the person is fat and has obstructive sleep apnea, so of course for neurological conditions they should go to the doctor and get tested for memory problems and the appropriate medications should be started.” she suggested.