Cardiology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Şarlı made statements about the effect of the coronavirus epidemic on the heart. Stating that those with obvious diseases should apply to the hospital, Assoc. Dr. Şarlı said, “The heart involvement due to the coronavirus may occur in different ways. The direct involvement of the heart muscle, which is one of them, is the most obvious example of this. Individuals who have complaints in the form of pressure, pain and burning in the middle of the chest and have recently been infected with coronavirus should be careful. Heart attack, diagnosis and it is very easy to detect.
People with obvious signs of illness should seek immediate medical attention. There may be an inflammation of the heart muscle called ‘myocarditis’ due to the coronavirus. In this case, weakness and insufficiency occur in the heart muscle. In such cases, the patient complains of shortness of breath and heart rhythm disorder. In such a possible case, it is necessary to look at the heart ultrasound. If supportive treatment is started, the disease is usually temporary,” he said.
Emphasizing that the coronavirus increases the risk of coagulation, Assoc. Dr. Şarlı said, “We started to encounter fatal pulmonary embolism cases more frequently as a result of the development of a clot in the leg veins and then the progression of this clot to the pulmonary vein through the heart. However, it is a disease that is not very difficult to treat when diagnosed. “The drugs are given in the form of injections. We recommend that people who have survived the coronavirus stay active, not stay still, and use blood-thinning aspirin for a few months.”
Assoc. Dr. Sarlı also warned those with chronic illnesses, “People are afraid of coming to the hospital due to coronavirus and therefore sometimes delay their treatment. Diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking are risk factors. Individuals with this risk factor should have annual heart checks if they are over 40 years old. We also see cases of heart attack under the age of 40.
We have patients in our 20s with whom we had angiography. The decrease in the age of smoking, diet, and the risk of heart attack decrease the age ratio. No one should keep themselves away from heart disease just because I am ‘young’. Heart diseases can also occur in younger people. We advise our patients not to walk around the streets between 11:00 and 15:00 in hot weather,” he said.