Delayed Cardiac Treatment Can Lead To Life-threatening Consequences

Over the past few months, coronavirus disease has brought the whole world to a standstill. Not only India, but the entire world is suffering from this pandemic. India’s condition is still far better than a few developed countries around the world. It has affected all of us, doctors, business owners, schools, industries, workers, and even people working from home in one way or another. And these conditions are going some time to easy up. Corona may be new, but we have an old foe among us in the form of Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD), which is getting worse in these conditions.

History of cardiovascular diseases in India.

In 2016 the estimated prevalence of cardiovascular disease in India was 54.5 million ; one in four death in India occurs due to CVD. This disease tends to affect people in the most productive years, resulting in catastrophic social and economic conditions. In 2010, the reported CVD mortality in India was 188700 deaths, and this number was said to be doubled in the next ten years. So in 2020, we can estimate the CVD deaths to be around 30 – 35 lakhs. CVD death rate of 272 per 100000 population in India is higher than the global average of 235 per 100000 people.
CVDs have emerged as the leading cause of death in all parts of India, including poor states and rural areas.
According to the global burden of disease, study age standardizes estimates nearly a quarter (24.8) of all deaths are attributed to CVD.

  • The burgeoning burden of cardiovascular disease can be explained by the alarming rise in the prevalence of coronary risk factors like smoking, diabetes, hypertension, central obesity, and physical inactivity.
  • Rapid urbanization and lifestyle changes that have occurred during the past two decades have led to the growing burden of CVDs in India.
  • Smoking, unhealthy food, and stress are also factors that lead to this disease.

Why is this information more valid now than ever?

  • The whole idea behind providing the statistics about CVDs are not to fear monger but to inform about the cost of carelessness and negligence of heart disease because of Covid-19, which can have fatal consequences.
  • An important thing to take into notice is that with the emergence of Covid-19, the existence of all other prevalent diseases has not gone down.

Why are cardiovascular diseases CVDs increasing during Covid-19?

  • The biggest concern is that many patients have been hesitating to go to the hospital despite having heart-related conditions because of Covid-19.
  • This has been seen in Europe and America as there a medical report of a community is always registered.
  • While there are less admitted cases of acute heart attack, there is a marked increase in deaths from Cardiac arrests at home.
  • Since cardiac arrest also causes difficulty in breathing, people often fear covid and neglect cardiac arrest, making their early diagnosis, treatment, and recovery difficult.
  • While the covid pandemic is dominating the healthcare system, other widely common and far deadly diseases should not be forgotten.
  • Therefore, it is advised that patients do not neglect their deteriorating heart and condition and go for checkups with safety.

Heart patients should not worry. The hospitals are open, and doctors are working. Hospitals are equipped with preventative measures to keep patients from getting infected.
So the clear message is that any heart patient should not delay their treatment due to fears of covid, Take the necessary measures and see your doctor because timely treatment saves lives.

Content Reviewed by – Asian Hospital Medical Editors