Thai doctor: Recovered Covid patients at risk of developing heart problems


A CHULALONGKORN University Faculty of Medicine doctor warned that patients infected with Covid-19, regardless of whether it is a mild or severe case, are all at many times greater risk of developing cardiovascular problems within 12 months of recovery from the disease, TV Channel 7 said today (Feb. 14).

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Thira Woratanarat said in a Facebook post that although Omicron is less potent, the mortality rate is 1.6 times higher than flu to go by the data from the UK while globally the daily Covid death toll is likewise much higher than influenza.

In some countries where there is a large number of infections, such as the United States, it has been found that the Covid death toll is a hundred times higher than that by flu with all the academic data showing that Covid-19 is certainly not like the common cold or flu.

Secondly, Covid-19 increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in future with a large study in the US showing that those who have recovered from Covid-19 were at risk of developing 20 cardiovascular problems during the next 12 months including ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia cardiac arrest, cerebrovascular disease, thrombosis in the lungs and various blood vessels among others.

Dr. Thira added that those who have been infected are at 52 percent higher risk of getting a stroke than uninfected people, an average of 72 percent higher risk of suffering a heart failure than uninfected people.

Out of every one thousand people who had been infected with Covid-19 45 had one of the above cardiovascular problems 12 months after the infection.

He added that it is best to not get infected and this makes self-defence imperative. People should be careful when going out to eat in a restaurant or celebrate.

Meanwhile the Public Health Ministry said there were 14,900 new Covid cases and 26 deaths over the 24 hours to this morning with this taking the cumulative confirmed total since Jan. 1 to 384,792 and from the start of the pandemic 2,608,227.

Of today’s batch of cases 14,610 were infected domestically, 98 fell sick in prisons and detention centres while 192 overseas arrivals tested positive.

Another 9,810 patients were cured taking total recoveries from the start of the pandemic to 2,455,832 with 129,933 still undergoing treatment among whom 687 are in serious condition with 138 requiring oxygen. 

Today’s 26 fatalities raised the death toll to 22,462.

Altogether 120,009,906 doses of vaccines have been administered.


Top: Stethoscope and heartbeats on red background. Photo: Marco Verch, professional photographer (CC BY 2.0)

Home Page: Dr. Thira Woratanarat. Photo: Naewna

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