COVID-19: Heart Disease Deaths Increasing, Even Among Young People
The increasing number of deaths from heart disease is a cause for concern for everyone. Regardless of age, heart disease is responsible for half of all deaths, which is truly shocking. It is especially disheartening to hear about people who neglect their fitness, as they contribute to this alarming trend. Some individuals even argue that this situation has worsened since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has responded to the recent surge in heart disease-related deaths, emphasising that age is not a determining factor. He advises individuals who have recovered from severe COVID-19 illness to avoid engaging in strenuous activities and hard work that may lead to extreme physical fatigue for one to two years. This precautionary measure aims to minimise the risk of cardiac arrest.
Additionally, Minister Mandaviya cites a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) that advises people who have recovered from COVID-19 to stay away from stressful jobs. Additionally, it is advised to engage in regular exercise for at least two years to reduce the likelihood of heart attacks.
In Gujarat, numerous deaths have occurred during the Dussehra festival due to garba dancing. Rashkesh Patel, the minister of health and medicine in Gujarat, called a meeting with cardiologists, medical professionals, and Mansukh Mandaviya, the union health minister, out of concern for these incidents.
Recently, in the town of Kapadwanj in the Kheda district of Gujarat, a 17-year-old boy fell ill while participating in garba dancing during Navratri. He was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately, the doctors pronounced him dead due to a heart attack. Similarly, a 13-year-old boy, a 28-year-old youth, and a 55-year-old man also lost their lives to heart disease in Dabhoi, Vadodara district.
It is evident that heart attacks are occurring nationwide, affecting individuals regardless of age, health status, or lifestyle. Similar occurrences have been reported in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In light of these circumstances, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya urges caution and emphasises the importance of maintaining good health, particularly for those who have recovered from COVID-19. He advises individuals to avoid strenuous activities and to engage in regular exercise as preventive measures against heart disease.