The Bahrain Specialist Hospital (BSH) Apollo Heart Centre has recorded a strong correlation between Covid-19 infection and cardiac injury since the onset of the pandemic.
Interventional cardiologist Dr Abdul Azeez Mohammed said that the risk of heart disease doesn’t subside after the infection has passed and that the BSH Apollo Heart Centre has treated patients who have tested negative for the virus after an initial positive test.
These patients were initially treated at the Public Health Facility and after testing negative multiple times in follow-up tests, suffered a heart attack a few weeks after recovery.
“Globally, studies have found that approximately one in five patients with Covid-19 have presented with cardiac injury during the illness and these patients are at maximum risk of death from the infection,” he added.
Dr Azeez cited a recent study out of Germany and published in the prestigious journal JAMA Cardiology, which found that there was some heart damage in 78 per cent of people who had recovered from Covid-19, with on-going myocardial inflammation found in 60pc of the patients, regardless of pre-existing conditions, severity and overall course of the acute illness.
“This study underscores the need for long-term monitoring of patients for the cardiovascular consequences of Covid-19 infection.”
Dr Azeez added that cardiovascular disease is responsible for 22pc of all deaths in Bahrain, making it a serious community health concern.
To underscore the connection between Covid-19 and heart disease, the World Heart Federation has made one of its main thrusts ‘Use Heart to Fight Covid-19” in the run up to its World Heart Day campaign on September 29.
The aim of this initiative is to foster a better understanding and greater practice of measures to improve heart health during these times.
As part of the BSH Community Service Initiative, Bahrain Specialist Hospital is offering Free Preventive Heart Checkups throughout the month of September, as a way to mark World Heart Day. The hospital is also offering 20pc discounted rates on all cardiac procedures, including Angiography, Angioplasty & Stenting.
Managing director at Bahrain Specialist Hospital, Dr Kasim Ardati, said: “We, at BSH, believe in preventive medicine; an important key to preventing heart disease is going for regular checkups.
“We encourage everyone to take advantage of the free offer and help us in our efforts to bring down the rates of heart disease in Bahrain”.
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