Valuable Tips for People on Cardiac Medication During Pandemic
By Dr Meeraji Rao, Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Continental Hospitals
Coronavirus infection is taking over countries and bringing them down to their knees. And still spreading like a wildfire affecting thousands of people in a single day. A lot of people suffering from heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes have started panicking about the situation. This is because experts suggest that these people are more prone to catch this virus and its complications. Besides, people on cardiac medication may have weakened immune systems, which has added to the fear.
Here are the few tips that people on cardiac medication may consider during this pandemic:
- People with heart conditions are considered a vulnerable group. Especially people above the age of 60, who suffer from any kind of heart disease or hypertension should take extra care of themselves.
- They should continue taking their medications as prescribed by the doctor. If you have any doubt please consult with your doctor who can guide you better.
- Please, do not visit the hospital unnecessarily for regular check-ups. If you find any new symptoms consult your doctor before going to the hospital. We suggest you only step out if it is an emergency.
- We recommend that you continue your physical exercises indoors and do not stop them. You must keep yourself even more fit and healthy in such a tough time.
- If you have to step out of the house for any unavoidable work then please make sure that you maintain social distance with people outside. Keep a distance of 1 to 2 meters at least.
- Cardiac medications do not weaken your immune system, but if you recently had a cardiac surgery then your immune system might be weak. Hence, be cautious and be in touch with your surgeon.
- Have a word with your doctor and add an ACE inhibitor and Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) in your prescription. According to global experts, these medications will play a big role in keeping your blood pressure in check.
There is a lot of confusion and many rumors about this pandemic. However, take care of your heart and overall health, and you will be safe.
Dr Meeraji Rao,
Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Continental Hospitals
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