In one of the not-so-frequent stories of hope about a covid patient, a team of doctors successfully treated a covid-positive woman in her early fifties, suffering from several other co-morbidities. What makes her story even more unique is the fact that within a few hours of being admitted, she suffered a series of
Sahiba’s medical history was complex. She had
To stabilize the situation, her heart was resuscitated by doing
Sahiba’s son-in-law, Farooq (name changed), said, “With her neurological problems and other pre-existing health issues, we were worried about her survival chances. But doctors were confident and positive that she would revive and asked us to stay positive.”
Dr Prakash Doraiswamy, Sr Consultant – Critical Care and Anesthesiology, Aster CMI Hospital, said, “Firstly, patients who are under ventilation for a long duration often experience physical weakness and the muscles tend to become inactive as the ventilator is doing all the work. Secondly, because of the isolation, the psychological condition of the patients is heavily impacted as it is only the medical staff in their Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) who are in contact with the patients.”
“She was discharged only after she was stable. Now, she needs to have healthy food and liquid supplements on a regular basis. Besides this, she needs to continue her physiotherapy rigorously and continue rehab facilities,” Dr Prakash added.
Covid-related heart problems
Dr Pradeep Kumar D, Sr. Consultant – Interventional Cardiology of the hospital said, “The virus is known to cause myocardial (heart muscle) damage as well which is reported to be between 30 to 80 per cent of covid patients.”
“People who have cardiac involvement are older, diabetic, with pre-existing ischaemic heart disease (blockages in the blood vessels) and have poorer outcomes,” added Dr Kumar.
What should be done?
Doctors said that patients who have already suffered from covid-19 and have cardiac ailments should be extra cautious in the immediate post-viral fever phase. They should continue all medications as prescribed by the doctor, should report any new symptoms (especially chest pain, breathlessness), take new medications like anticoagulants that may be prescribed if the d-dimer (a small protein fragment present in the blood) levels are high and start doing their daily exercises in a graded manner.