A new study that came into light recently suggests that exercising while suffering from coronavirus can worsen the symptoms of the deadly infectious disease.
How exercising and coronavirus are linked
As per a recent study published in JAMA Cardiology, German researchers found that performing even moderate exercise when suffering from mild coronavirus infection could be dangerous and lead to serious heart issues. It can make the symptoms of COVID-19 worse and can cause Myocarditis for some patients, which is an inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium).
For the study, researchers performed cardiac MRI tests on 100 adults who had recovered from COVID-19. Of all, half of the participants had mild to moderate symptoms and about 18 per cent had no symptoms. However, the testing was carried out two to three months after their diagnosis of COVID-19 and at that time none of them had experienced heart symptoms related to the new coronavirus. But 78 of them had structural changes to their hearts, and 60 had myocarditis.
When exercising, the cardiac output of our heart increases. This could simply mean an increase in the viral replication in the heart muscle. Once the viral load becomes higher, it may cause cardiac harm in the form of myocarditis, arrhythmias, and heart failure.
It is best to keep monitoring your heart rate when suffering from COVID-19. If your heart rate spikes suddenly and you are finding it hard to catch your breath then you should immediately check with your doctor.
What experts suggest
Experts back the latest findings and say that people of all age groups, especially elders should be careful when resuming exercise after recovering from COVID-19.
Dr Rommel Tickoo, Associate Director, Internal Medicine of Max Healthcare said, “Post COVID one should be careful as far as resuming exercise goes especially in the elderly age group and those with comorbidities.”
“There are certain patients who end up with a cardiac event, stroke or Pulmonary embolism even after 2 weeks post-illness,” he added.
Dr Soumya V, Senior Consultant – Family Medicine, Apollo TeleHealth also suggested that it is best to avoid exercising until complete recovery. She asserted, “In the acute phase of the disease, exercise can result in accelerated viral replication, a heightened inflammatory response with resultant increased cellular necrosis and a proarrhythmic unstable myocardial substrate. As such, it is generally recommended to avoid exercise training during an active infection.”
When should you resume your workout
The evidence suggests that involving in too much physical activity when suffering from COVID-19 can be harmful. Dr Tickoo said that if you are knee to resume your fitness game then wait for at least 4 weeks post-illness. Even then go slow and perform easy exercises.
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