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Learning in Time: Viruses and Colds Bad Heart!

Professor Petar Otasevic, Cardiologist at the Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases, said respiratory infections, and most of all, flu, increased the ability to reach heart failure several times.

– If symptoms persist after three to four days or if they get worse in case of breathing difficulties, chest pains or minor problems, medical assistance is required – says the News.

Symbols that show significant heart damage are chest pain, heart failure, lying, swelling of the leg, or flat lying on the floor. Since serious cardiac inflammation is not detected in time and is not treated appropriately, permanent heart failure in the sense of chronic heart failure and even death. – explains Professor Otaševic.

Bacterial inflammation of the throat is also considered a serious complication of cold because it causes the onset of rheumatic fever.

– Rheumatic fever affects the most common heart valve and occurs in about 3% of patients who did not treat streptococcal infection with appropriate antibiotics. These patients can seriously damage the valve that requires surgical treatment and replacement said the professor.


Pulmonologist Dr. Tatjana Radosavljevic says that when the bacteria attack the sinus, there is headache, permanent secretion of secretion into dysfunction, causing a strong and constant cough.

– Sinus infections, if not recognized, and the lenses can go into chronic inflammation. The common consequence of cold is inflammation of the ear, which is most commonly developed in children she explained.

Dr. Radosavljevic says pneumonia is a serious complication of cold. Usually, it comes after the initial recovery, when the patient suddenly gets very high temperature, followed by low blood pressure and cough.

– It should be emphasized that viral infections can "open around the neck" the already present allergy that can be expressed more strongly, especially when it comes to allergic rhinitis and asthma. It is not uncommon for the cold to remain dry, permanent coughing, as a result of some form of inflammation of the main respiratory tube. In such cases, the virus removes the mucosa of the main respiratory tube so that the end nerve responsible for the initiation of the reflex cough is directly exposed to the air stream, which leads to permanent coughing that may last several weeks she explained.


And treatment causes complications

Medications used to treat respiratory infections, primarily for the removal of temperature, such as acetyl salicylic acid and ibuprofen, can lead to increased blood pressure, gastritis or even stomach bleeding.

These complications are seen mainly in people who had previously had elevated blood pressure or abdominal problems – says prof. Dr. Petra Pusevic and concludes:

– The risk of stomach bleeding is increased if patients are already taking some of the drugs that slow down blood clotting.

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