Now available: The link between heart health and viral respiratory infections


In this episode, Dr Salwa Elkholy, a specialist cardiologist with 20 years of experience in clinical and non-invasive cardiology, provides insights into the diverse spectrum of heart diseases. She covers conditions affecting the heart muscle, valves, coronary arteries, and the heart’s electrical system, clarifying the reasons behind complications in various parts of the body, including the brain. Dr. Elkholy emphasizes the intricate connections between heart disease and broader health problems.

Dr. Elkholy explains how viral respiratory infections can directly or indirectly affect the heart, causing conditions such as myocarditis, pericarditis or endocarditis. She notes that while the direct effect on the heart is rare, it can occur when heart cells become inflamed and cause myocarditis.

Highlighting the increased risk that people with pre-existing heart conditions face for hospitalization or serious complications from respiratory infections, Dr. Elkholy advises those aware of their heart disease to take specific steps when experiencing symptoms of a viral respiratory infection to safeguard their health and mitigate it. possible complications.

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