Published on October 15, 2021 by AliveCor India

Impact of the Vaccine on People with Underlying Cardiac Condition

COVID-19 has shaken every corner of the world including people with underlying cardiac conditions. It is completely normal for those with cardiac conditions to worry about getting the vaccination.

However, we are here to tell you that COVID-19 vaccines are completely safe without demonstrating any serious effects.

These vaccines aren’t just safe and effective for people with a history of cardiac condition, they are also crucial. People with a history of heart conditions are at the highest risk of severe complications from COVID-19.

Common Side Effects of the Vaccine

At the most, patients can experience pain at the site of injection, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, or chills. The arm might remain firm and painful for a few days. While tiredness and chills are caused by the effect of the immune system for identifying the viral proteins as foreign particles.

You might also undergo a low-grade fever. The aftermath of taking the vaccine isn't much different from normal people. The symptoms last less than 2 to 3 days.

There is no way that vaccine can result in causing or heightening the COVID-19 infection. People with serious heart conditions can experience a drastic reaction after taking the second dose of the vaccine.

These reactions include mild fevers, flu-like symptoms and tiredness. However, these effects are quite short-lived, lasting 1 to 2 days. We advise you to take paracetamol and increase your fluid intake to recover quickly.

Allergic reactions are also a potential reaction to patients with heart disease that can make them ill. However, it’s not pretty common, affecting only one person out of 2 million.

Covid 19 Vaccine and AFib Patients

People with heart disease and conditions include those with AFib (Atrial Fibrillation), cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease and many more. According to the meta-analysis study done at the beginning of 2021, the published article mentioned the growing risk of COVID-19 to people with atrial fibrillation (AFib).

In 23 studies featuring over 100,000 COVID-19 patients, the study confirmed severe complications from COVID-19 to people with AFib. However, battling COVID-19 has become a challenge for almost everyone.

Therefore, the American Heart Association recommends people with any kind of pre-existing heart disease, including atrial fibrillation to get fully vaccinated to minimize the harsh complication.

The major side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations to AFib patients include:

  • Pain, swelling, redness at the injection site
  • Exhaustion
  • Headache or muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Chills or fever

The benefits of getting vaccinated are much greater than the risk of COVID-19 for patients with a history of heart condition. These non-harmful side effects shouldn’t discourage people from getting the vaccine and maintaining their health and safety.

Many people suffer from AFib without experiencing any problem. However, irregular blood flow makes the blood vulnerable to clotting. Clot formation can travel to the brain, resulting in a stroke.

AFib can reduce the heart’s pumping ability by 20 to 25%. AFib combined with a fast heart rate for a long time can cause heart failure. Therefore, it’s extremely crucial to monitor your AFib levels regularly to avoid life-threatening incidents.

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