New Delhi: The new Corona virus has affected everyone around the world. However, the virus was more severe and dangerous for people with pre-existing chronic diseases. Furthermore, the combination of COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease has been proven to be dangerous in more ways than one.
Dr. Nishith Chandra, Director of Interventional Cardiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okla Road, New Delhi is involved.
COVID-19 is worse for people with cardiovascular disease
People with cardiovascular disease are in poorer condition during the ongoing pandemic. Heart patients live in constant fear of sudden death and severe infections.
Over the past year, we’ve seen a sharp rise in deaths from cardiac arrest and post-COVID infection. During the second wave, one of the most common after-effects was death due to cardiac arrest after sudden COVID-19. Therefore, people with a history of heart disease were advised to vaccinate themselves. Although people believe in myths and misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines, it is important, especially for heart patients, that they get vaccinated.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for people with heart disease?
Some of the concerns regarding safety or adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines that have emerged are Gullén-Barré syndrome, increased blood clots, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), or anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction to an antigen).
However, what has been documented is that most of the mentioned side effects tend to appear within weeks after vaccination, rather than long after that. It has also been noted that side effects, which have consequential risks, appear more commonly a month after vaccination. Thus, it can be managed well if diagnosed in time. There are no side effects that are severely harmful to our health and well-being.
Furthermore, severe side effects associated with vaccines are lower than the averages reported across the general population. For example, the risk of developing Julien-Barré syndrome is said to be 17 times higher for a general infection than with vaccines.
Additionally, reports indicate that COVID-19 vaccines are not only safe for people with heart disease, but are also very important. We are at a stage where there is an increased risk of emerging variables and heart patients are one of the most vulnerable populations in society who need to get their vaccines as soon as possible.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for all age groups?
If one is still concerned about safety, they should note that vaccines are safe for all age groups. Earlier this year, the American Heart Association issued a statement urging everyone who meets the eligibility criteria to receive the vaccination. The statement specifically referred to people with risk factors for cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and heart attack and stroke survivors to get vaccinated as soon as possible because they are at greater risk of contracting the virus than the vaccine.
What are the common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines?
Some of the common effects to notice after vaccination are fever, fatigue, headache, and joint pain. In addition, pain at the injection site may also be observed. Whether the person is otherwise healthy or has pre-existing heart disease, these side effects from the vaccine will be the same for everyone. As a heart patient, your symptoms will not be different from others. However, it is always recommended to consult your doctor as well as to have a constant check-up after vaccination.
It is important to note that whether a person is healthy or has a heart condition, receiving the vaccination does not mean that they are safe from contracting the virus. Vaccination reduces the chances of hospitalization; However, penetration infections have increased in current times with the emergence of new variants. Therefore, physical distancing, mask wearing, keeping hands clean, and staying at home are critical.