Madurai, Sept 28:
There has been a more than 50% drop in cases of acute heart attack in three months of the ongoing lockdown, compared to the same period last year. This was said by renowned cardiologists from Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre, in the run up to the World Heart Day. Increased death rate has also been witnessed among patients of acute heart attacks admitted at the hospital due to delay in seeking medical care because of fear of Covid infection.
The theme of World Heart Day this year is “Use your heart to beat COVID’, Meenakshi Mission Hospital doctors revealed.
Said Dr. N. Ganesan Senior Consultant – Cardiology, Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai: “We have witnessed a significant reduction in cases of acute heart attack during Covid19. Total patients admitted during three months of the lockdown at Meenakshi Mission Hospital is 355, compared to 820 cases during the same period in 2019.”
Dr. M. Sampath Kumar, Sr. Consultant – Cardiology said: “While majority of COVID-19 patients appear to recover well, a smaller number experience severe, exaggerated inflammation throughout the body, called a cytokine storm.