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Does Covid-19 Increase the Risk of Stroke?

In December 2019 the Coronavirus appeared in the world for the first time. COVID-19 has caused millions of deaths around the world as well as health problems for those who have survived it. There have been many studies conducted by doctors and scientists on those who survived after being infected with Covid-19. They found that these people are more likely to suffer a heart stroke or Heart attack regardless of their age.

Let’s look at the two studies-

  1. An Oxford University study has found that more than half of COVID-19 patients with a severe infection have a high risk of experiencing a heart attack within a few days or weeks after recovering from the infection. A majority of those infected recover, but others succumb. There have been cases where people who had no heart issues before contracting COVID-19 but developed heart problems after recovering from the infection. 
  2. A study published in The Lancet journal showed that heart attacks and strokes are increased threefold in the first two weeks after recovering from Covid-19. Between February 1 and September 14, 2020, researchers in Sweden compared the occurrence of acute myocardial infarction or heart attack and stroke in 86,742 Covid-19 patients with 348,481 control individuals. They found that there is a three-fold increased risk of acute heart stroke in the first two weeks following Covid-19. 

What should you do after recovering from COVID-19? 

  • To speed up recovery, a balanced nutritious diet rich in immune-boosting vitamins and minerals, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, and safe poultry is essential.
  • Make sure you drink plenty of fluids.
  • It is recommended that drinking warm water can be helpful for patients suffering from scratchy throat or dry cough because it can improve circulation and reduce nasal congestion.
  • Kadhas and other concoctions can be made more immune-boosting by adding anti-inflammatory agents such as honey and herbs such as "mulethi".
  • Following COVID-19 infection, your body is still weak and susceptible to infections and complications. Thus taking proper rest and sleep can help your body recover faster.
  • Do not overstrain yourself. You should avoid strenuous exercises for at least 2-3 weeks after recovering. 

 

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