<br>People suffering from cardiovascular diseases have had it worse during the ongoing pandemic. Heart patients have been living in the constant fear of sudden deaths and severe infections. Over the past one year, we have witnessed a spike in the number of deaths due to cardiac arrest, post Covid infections. During the second wave, one of the most common aftereffects was sudden deaths due to cardiac arrest post Covid. Therefore, it was advised that people with a history of heart diseases should get themselves vaccinated. Although people believe in myths and misconceptions around Covid-19 vaccines, it is important, especially for heart patients to take the vaccine shot. Hence, it is now imperative to address the following question: are Covid-19 vaccine safe for people with heart conditions?
Some safety concerns or adverse reactions of Covid-19 vaccinations that have arose are guillan-barre syndrome, increased blood clots, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), or anaphylaxis (acute allergic reaction to an antigen). However, what has been documented is that most of the mentioned side-effects tend to show up weeks following vaccination, and not long after it. It has been further witnessed that the <br>side-effects, which have consequential risks appear, most commonly after a month of inoculation. Hence, they can be managed well if diagnosed in time. There are no <br>side-effects that are severely detrimental to our health and well-being.
Moreover, the severe side-effects associated with vaccines are fewer than reported averages across the general population. For example, the risk of developing gullian-barre syndrome is said to be 17 times more likely with general infections in comparison to vaccines.
Additionally, reports suggest that Covid-19 vaccines are not only safe for people with heart diseases, but they are also very important. We are at a point where there is a growing risk of emerging variants, there heart patient being one of the most vulnerable populations in the society need to get their vaccine shots as soon as possible.
If one is still concerned about the safety, they must note that the vaccines are safe for all age groups. Earlier this year, the American Heart Association released a statement urging everyone fitting the eligibility criteria to get their vaccination shots. The statement had particularly mentioned people with cardiovascular risk factors, heart diseases, and heart attack and stroke survivors to get vaccinated as soon as possible since they are at a greater risk from the virus than the vaccine.
However, some common effects to note post vaccination are fever, fatigue, headache, and joint pain. Additionally, pain in the injection site may also be witnessed. Whether a person is healthy or is someone with a pre-existing heart ailment, these side-effects from the vaccine will be the same in everyone. As a heart patient, the symptoms will not differ from others. It is, however, always recommended to consult your doctor and also keep a constant check post vaccination.
It is most important to note that whether a person is healthy or is someone with a heart ailment, getting vaccinated does not mean that one is safe from contracting the virus. Vaccination reduces the chances for hospitalization; however, cases of breakthrough infections have increased in current times with the emergence of new variants. Therefore, physical distancing, wearing a mask, maintaining hand hygiene, and staying at home is extremely important.
Nishith Chandra -- Director, Interventional Cardiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla road, New Delhi
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London, Sep 6 (IANS) More than 200 health journals across the world have, for the first time, come together to simultaneously publish an editorial calling on world leaders to take emergency action to limit global temperature increases, halt the destruction of nature, and protect health.In a year of Covid-19, the editorial warns that the greatest threat to global public health into the future is the continued failure of world leaders to take adequate action to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius as decided in the UN-mandated Paris Agreement in 2015 and to restore nature.The editorial has been published in leading titles from every continent including The BMJ, The Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the East African Medical Journal, the Chinese Science Bulletin, the National Medical Journal of India, the Medical Journal of Australia, and 50 BMJ specialist journals including BMJ Global Health and Thorax."As health professionals, we must do all we can to aid the transition to a sustainable, fairer, resilient, and healthier world," the experts wrote in the editorial."We, as editors of health journals, call for governments and other leaders to act, marking 2021 as the year that the world finally changes course," they added.According to a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, every fraction of a degree hotter endangers our health and future.The editorial, published ahead of the UN General Assembly next week, urged wealthier nations to act faster and do more to support those countries already suffering under higher temperatures."The impact on health and survival of extreme temperatures, destructive weather events, and the widespread degradation of essential ecosystems are just some of the impacts that we are seeing more of due to a changing climate."They disproportionately affect the most vulnerable, including children and the elderly, ethnic minorities, poorer communities and those with underlying health conditions."The environment and health are inextricably intertwined. The changing climate is endangering us in many ways, including its critical impacts on health and health care delivery. As medical and public health practitioners, we have an obligation not only to anticipate new health care needs but also to be active participants in limiting the causes of the climate crisis," said Eric J Rubin, Editor-in-Chief of NEJM, and one of the co-authors of the editorial.--IANSrvt/vd
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 5 (IANS) After a 12-year-old boy succumbed to Nipah virus attack on Sunday, two health workers who were in contact with the boy are now under surveillance.State health minister Veena George, who reached Kozhikode in the morning along with state PWD minister P.A. Mohammed Riyaz and state Transport minister A.K. Saseendran held a meeting of the health, revenue and police officials to review the situation.The review meeting mainly revolved around the steps to be taken to manage the situation arising after the death of the 12 year-old boy and the return of Nipah after it was contained in the state on June 10, 2018.In the last Nipah attack in 2018, 17 people had lost their lives and the government and health department are now not taking any chances.According to the health department officials, two health officials, who were on the contact list of the boy, have developed symptoms of the virus. A total of 188 people are in the contact list and 20 of these are from the index list or high-risk category.State Health Minister Veena George told media persons that one of the health workers is from the Kozhikode Government Medical College hospital and the other is from the private hospital where the boy was treated earlier.The health Minister while speaking to the media persons after the review meeting at the Kozhikode government guest house said, "There is no reason to worry but have to be highly alert. A ward at the Kozhikode Government Medical College has already been converted to Nipah ward and a control room is opened."She said that the three-storied pay ward at the Kozhikode Government Medical College will be allotted for Nipah and high-risk patients and the health workers will be soon shifted in that facility. The minister also said that a team from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune will reach Kozhikode soon and set up a virology lab at Kozhikode Government Medical College hospital. This lab is for initial screening for Nipah virus.The minister also said that medical teams are visiting Chathamangalam panchayath to find out the contact source of the disease. She said that all necessary precautions were taken by Saturday evening itself before the test result of the child was announced.Meanwhile the authorities have declared a high alert in Kozhikode district. The roads within 3 km of the residence of the deceased boy were cordoned off with a heavy police posse being deployed for duty.The health department has already closed Ward no 9 of Chathamangalam panchayath and restrictions imposed in wards 8, 10, and 12.The staff of the local hospital at Omassery in Kozhikode district where the child was first taken for consultation after he developed fever are also put under alert.Health authorities have already informed the local people to immediately report any instances of fever, vomiting and other health ailments.--IANSaal/dpb
Action was also taken against a couple of others in Mathura and Agra.The local bodies in Firozabad have come under heavy criticism for neglecting cleanliness. After the cases multiplied in the last ten days, a big drive has been launched but "it will take weeks for results to show," a local politician said.The Agra district magistrate P.N. Singh has issued a series of instructions for the health department to sensitise people about the dangers of mosquito-borne diseases. The Agra Municipal Corporation has given notices to more than 250 households after several teams visited localities.During the Covid-19 pandemic, the slums and low-income group areas had seen a lower percentage of infection, for whatever reason, but the graph is now going up with rising numbers of cases of Malaria, dengue, viral fever, according to health workers. The S.N. Medical College hospital wards are full, so is the district hospital. The Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the rural areas are seeing an abnormal increase in the number of patients. A team of the Central government is already in Firozabad taking stock of the situation.According to doctors, the chief cause of the surge in the number of patients is "directly related to the piling garbage dumps, choked sewer, and overflowing gutters in municipal areas". Though the municipal corporation has started fogging inner-city areas and the cleanliness drive has been upticked, the citizens themselves will need to gear up on this front, said Devashish Bhattacharya, an environmentalist. Om Prakash Choudhary, incharge of fogging, said a roster was being followed. Initially, the localities with dense population have been identified for fogging. District Malaria Officer R.K. Dixit said "we are surveying and constantly monitoring the situation in all the urban clusters and spraying anti-larvae medicines."On Saturday, Additional Principal Secretary Hemant Rao, the nodal officer dispatched by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, visited many areas including the waste treatment plants.The municipal corporation is daily spending more than a lakh rupees to spray and fog congested areas in the city, with 14 big machines and 24 bike mounted machines."The whole city is dug up and you have poodles everywhere. It's easy for mosquitoes to breed and multiply. The state government has now sanctioned some Rs 50 crores for filling up potholes but it will all take time," said Jugal Kishor Pandit, an activist.Most patients with dengue are coming to the Agra Medical College hospital from the rural hinterland where public hygiene is a big concern. The hospital has patients from Mathura, Firozabad and Shikohabad rural and semi-urban pockets, doctors said.Meanwhile, thermal screening of visitors has again been started at the Taj Mahal, to ensure Covid-19 positive persons were isolated promptly.--IANS<br>bk/shs/dpb
New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with healthcare workers and beneficiaries of Covid vaccination program of Himachal Pradesh on September 6, at 11 a.m. via video conferencing.Himachal Pradesh has successfully covered its entire eligible population with the first dose of Covid vaccination. The efforts by the state included geographical prioritization to focus on difficult terrains, initiatives to ensure mass awareness, and door to door visits by ASHA workers, among others. The state gave special attention to women, elderly, divyangjans (specially abled persons) industrial workers, daily wagers and undertook special campaigns like "Suraksha ki Yukti - Corona se Mukti" to attain this milestone.Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jay Ram Thakur will be present during the interaction.Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in India to administer the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 100 per cent of its adult population.Expressing satisfaction over the achievement, the state's health minister on August 29 said that the second dose to 100 per cent of the population will be completed by November 30.More than half of India's adult population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 16 per cent have got both, the Health Ministry has stated as the cumulative number of doses administered in the country crossed over 67 crore.According to government data, the number of vaccine doses administered daily has increased from 19.69 lakh in May to 39.89 lakh in June and further to 43.41 lakh in July.In Sikkim, 36 per cent of the eligible population has been administered the second dose while in Dadra and Nagar Haveli it is 18 per cent and in Himachal Pradesh, 32 per cent.--IANSams/skp/
Mumbai, Sep 4 (IANS) Ever since the pandemic started, the entertainment industry has taken a big hit. Actress Rashmi Agdekar, known for her role in series 'Dev DD', feels that actors should focus on being healthy not just physically but mentally as well.The actress feels that since artists have to immerse themselves in multiple characters, it is important for them to be in a strong, healthy mindspace."Since I have to get into the psychology of a character while portraying a role, my personal mental health needs to be centered. It becomes relatively easier to oscillate to extreme emotions when an actor is mentally fit in my opinion. So yes it is crucial" Rashmi tells IANS.She also adds on how she will be helping a friend who is dealing with mental health issues."I'll hear my friend out at first. But encourage him/her to get professional help and keep track of how they are feeling," she says.Rashmi started her acting career with 'Dev DD' and played the lead role in 'I'm Mature' for the Me web series on MX player which was critically acclaimed. She was seen in the web series 'Rasbhari' alongside Swara Bhaskar on Amazon Prime. She also made her debut in Bollywood with the film 'Andhadhun' alongside Ayushmann Khurrana.--IANSym/bg