Suara.com – The corona virus, which was initially thought to only cause respiratory disease, can also spread to various organs. In fact, the Sars Cov2 virus can damage and affect heart function through several mechanisms. One of them is through the ACE-2 receptor which is found in various organs, one of which is the heart.
“This ACE-2 receptor will ‘mediate’ the virus so that it can enter the cell,” said Andrea Kartika Suryadharma, a heart and blood vessel specialist at the Siloam Hospitals Heart Diagram (Siloam Hospitals Heart Diagram). 3/3/2022).
He explained that corona virus infection can damage heart cells directly and can also cause further inflammation. Especially when there is an excess immune response or what is often called a cytokine storm.
This causes damage to blood vessel cells (endothelial dysfunction), has the potential to disrupt the stability of atherosclerotic plaques, and also trigger hypercoagulable conditions in the blood.
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“This disorder is very likely to appear with a variety of different ‘manifestations’, but not all Covid survivors will experience it. Based on the case study data, there is no specific pattern that can predict complications of heart problems in Covid survivors,” said Andrea, who practices daily. remains at the hospital located in Cinere, Depok.
Furthermore, Andrea said, the Covid-19 virus has been proven to cause ‘disruption’ of the heart and blood vessels and other organs. Not only Covid patients with severe symptoms, but also COVID-19 survivors with mild symptoms, it turns out that it can cause complications in the heart and blood vessels.
Maintaining self-awareness through health protocols on an ongoing basis is important for covid survivors, immediately consult a doctor if you experience symptoms such as: discomfort in the chest that is very likely to spread to the arms, back, especially if accompanied by shortness of breath, feeling tired easily, irregular heartbeat and even cold sweats.
dr. Andrea Kartika Suryadharma, Sp.JP., explained that therapy and treatment, especially for heart health disorders for Covid-19 survivors, really depends on the entity of the initial disease and the case experienced.
“It is highly recommended that you consult a specialist who has previously treated you when exposed to Covid, especially if there are symptoms that have been mentioned and have previous comorbidities,” concluded dr. Andrea Kartika Suryadharma Sp.JP., closed the short session this time.
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