KRLD recently asked Dr. Fahmi Farah to come on the air in Dallas, TX to discuss a recent study that has shown an increase in heart attacks in adults between the ages of 25 and 44, linked to COVID-19. Dr. Farah, cardiologist and founder of Bentley Health, said that the age group of 25 to 44 is the youngest population whose risk of heart attack has gone up by 30% in the last three years during the pandemic.
Dr. Farah believes that the cause is multifactorial, and could be related to lifestyle changes such as lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, and increased alcohol consumption due to working from home. She also mentioned that a study conducted by the VA showed an increase in 20 different heart conditions across all age groups as a result of COVID.
When it comes to detecting heart-related issues due to COVID, Dr. Farah suggests paying attention to stamina, and if there is a decrease in activity that was previously able to be done, it should be checked. She also mentioned that often times, heart conditions can be overlooked due to other symptoms of COVID such as lung issues.
Lastly, Dr. Farah noted that although there have been cases of myocarditis as a result of the vaccine, the rate is much lower than the rate of myocarditis from the virus itself, and other types of vaccines can cause myocarditis as well.
Dr. Farah’s advice is to pay attention to your body, seek help from a specialist if needed, and be aware of your heart health during this pandemic. #HeartHealth #COVID19 #Myocarditis