Symptom Similarity Between Cardiovascular And Respiratory Diseases

By Dr Ravindranath Reddy, Senior Consultant & HOD Cardiology Department, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital

Have you been feeling very tired lately? Do you feel breathless when you go down the stairs to run some errands? If yes, the one thing that might come to your mind is that you have some respiratory problems. But have you ever thought that these could be the symptoms of any cardiovascular disease?

Chronic respiratory disease and heart diseases are two completely different conditions. But both can make you short of breath when you do something physical, like climbing stairs, or walking for a long distance. Both can make you fatigue, dizzy and there are many other symptoms that they have in common.

Cardiac diseases cause breathlessness and fatigue when the heart is unable to pump sufficient blood through the body.

If you are facing these symptoms, it is important that you visit your doctor and get yourself tested to get to the core of your problem. It is better to consult a professional instead of taking matters into your own hand, or worse, neglect it completely. Such prominent symptoms must not be overseen. They must be acknowledged, addressed and treated.

It becomes even more important to get yourself checked if you show any of these symptoms started recently with the COVID-19 pandemic in its full rage. The symptoms that are common in chronic heart and respiratory diseases are also found in COVID-19. Therefore, there could be a possibility that you are infected by the coronavirus, hence getting yourself tested becomes extremely essential.

Symptoms that are common in all the three conditions include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue

You must be extremely vigilant when it comes to tracing these symptoms. By neglecting them you’ll not only pose a threat to yourself but your family as well. There is no reason for you to be scared and hide these symptoms. In fact, the earlier they are diagnosed the lesser the threats they prove to be.

If you already suffer from any cardiovascular or respiratory disease, you ought to protect yourself from being infected by the novel coronavirus. And if you show any of the symptoms mentioned above, you must quarantine yourself in your house and inform the healthcare officials immediately.

Dr Ravindranath Reddy,
Senior Consultant & HOD Cardiology Department, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article belong solely to the author. They do not reflect the opinions or views of the organization.

  

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