Those who had a bout of Covid-19 during the pandemic, are prone to heart ailments or cardiac arrests, and as such, they should not over exert themselves for up to two years.
This has been suggested by an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study following frequent heart attacks and deaths in a diverse population over the last two years or so.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya cited the study and said those who had earlier suffered a severe bout of Covid-19 must not overexert themselves for a year or two to avoid heart attacks and cardiac arrests.
Several deaths due to heart issues have been reported in Gujarat recently, including during ‘garba’ events that mark Navratri festivities, which prompted state health minister Rushikesh Patel to hold a meeting with medical experts.
Patel had asked then to collect data of the deaths to find out causes and remedies.
“The ICMR has conducted a detailed study. As per this study, those who have suffered from severe Covid-19 infection should not overexert themselves. They should stay away from hard workouts, running and strenuous exercises for a short time, say a year or two, so as to avoid heart attacks,” Mandaviya told reporters.
During her recent visit here, Uttar Pradesh Governor and former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel had also expressed concern over the issue.
Among those who died of heart attacks was one Veer Shah, a Class 12 student from Kheda district, 28-year-old Ravi Panchal from Ahmedabad, and 55-year-old Shankar Rana from Vadodara.
Incidentally, before the start of Navratri festivities, the state Health and Family Welfare Department, through a notification, made it mandatory for garba event organisers to deploy an ambulance and a medical team at the venue to provide immediate aid to participants.