Acute Myocardial Infarction and COVID-19

By Dr Meeraji Rao, Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Continental Hospitals

As the coronavirus outbreak is increasing day-by-day it has made it very difficult for all of us to lead a normal life. Whether it's simply going out to take medicines or if it is an emergency, things are not the same anymore. We are in a state of worry and fear more than ever before. It is advised for people with underlying diseases to be confined to their homes.

However, in case of emergencies like a heart attack, also known as, AMI (acute myocardial infarction), experts advise that people should definitely visit the hospital. AMI is a condition of the heart, where there is a blockage in the blood flow towards the heart, which leads to damage in your heart muscle.

The key to saving the patients' life is helping them get the right treatment at the right time. And when it comes to patients and COVID infection, all hospitals follow a protocol to treat emergency patients in separate wards and try to keep them as safe as possible.

Here are certain things that AMI patients should consider during COVID-19:
  • To all the patients who feel that they have acute myocardial infarction symptoms or have slightest of risk then please consult the doctor. Do not ignore the symptoms.
  • Continue following the basic instructions and recommendations given by your doctor before the pandemic.
Here are some tips that the caregiver should consider while dealing with an AMI patient during COVID-19:
  • While it is a pandemic, the caregiver must not ignore the symptoms of acute myocardial infarction of the patient thinking it's just their anxiety.
  • As a caregiver, do not delay getting the acute myocardial infarction patient to the hospital as it is vital for the doctors to give timely, emergency treatment.
  • Though acute myocardial infarction is an emergency and the patient can be tested negative for COVID-19 still please do not attend the patients without wearing personal protective gear.
  • When the patient is recovering in the hospital, he needs to be tested for COVID-19, even if he has no symptoms. This is because 80% of the population who tested positive for COVID did not have any symptoms.

I would again like to urge people that if there is something that you think can be serious, then please consult your doctor or visit the hospital.

Dr Meeraji Rao,
Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

Disclaimer: : The views and opinions expressed in this article belong solely to the author. They do not reflect the opinions or views of the organization.

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