Common myths busted, experts differentiate between heart failure and attack


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), heart disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide, even after a two-year struggle with the coronavirus, killing an estimated 17.9 million people each year. In the wake of COVID-19, an increase in the percentage of chronic heart diseases such as heart failure has been observed. Not only this, it has also been seen in youth and even many lives have been lost. So realizing the need to be well aware of the situation, Dr Jamshed Dalal, Director, Cardiac Sciences, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai busted some common myths in an interview with The Indian Express.

While the WHO informs that most cardiovascular diseases are preventable by addressing behavioral risk factors, their early detection is of the utmost importance. Needless to say, in view of such risk, it becomes extremely important to be well versed of the situation, so that it can be managed well. So Dr. Jamshed explained in detail about heart failure and how it is different from heart attack. Stating that heart failure “does not equate to heart attack”, Dr Jamshed was quoted by the Indian Express as saying, “heart failure is unable to pump enough blood efficiently to meet the body’s needs. Refers to heart failure.”

He added that there is also another type of heart failure that occurs when “the heart muscles become stiff and unable to relax”, giving similar symptoms and clinical features as heart failure. There are. Elaborating on a heart attack, he said that when there is a blockage in the blood supply to the heart, it results in a heart attack. Dr. Jamshed also debunks some common myths associated with heart failure. Addressing the most common myth that heart failure can only occur in the elderly, he explained that despite it being more common in people aged 55 and over, “the disease is increasingly affecting the younger population as well.” Is.”

Many people believe that heart failure occurs suddenly and without any warning signs. To this end, the specialist uncovered some of the symptoms associated with a heart attack, and they include shortness of breath, swelling—mostly in the ankles and abdomen, fatigue, and loss of appetite. “Acute heart failure can present suddenly, usually precipitating a few factors,” he said. Addressing whether heart failure can be managed, Dr Jamshed said that it is not “end of life”, so one should not think that it cannot be managed. Noting that “heart transplantation remains an option” in the final stages, the expert said that several drugs recently introduced “improve heart failure and prolong survival.” Dr. Jamshed concluded by saying that some lifestyle modifications and living a healthy life is the key.