What should hearts pay attention to in Ramadan

SAFAKNA TURKEY- Assoc. Dr. Masit Bitargil said: “Heard information can create serious dangers in this process. Despite the fact that many studies have been conducted on this topic in the world, there is still no consensus on some issues. Therefore, each patient must be assessed separately by the appropriate doctor and this decision must be made together with the doctor.” speaks. Assoc. Dr. Macit Bitargil explained 5 things patients who are at risk of cardiovascular disease but who are allowed to fast in a controlled manner by doctors should pay attention, and gave important warnings and recommendations.

You should drink plenty of water

Emphasizing that this is very important for patients who are at risk for cardiovascular disease, but who have been allowed by the doctor to fast in a controlled manner, it is very important to regulate their water balance well. Dr. Macit Bitargil “If the water balance is not properly adjusted, phenomena such as increased stress on the heart, fainting, heart attack and death due to hypovolemia (dehydration of the body) can occur. For this reason, it is very important to drink approximately 2-2.5 liters of water at regular intervals, especially between iftar and suhoor. speaks.

Avoid overly sweet and salty foods

Emphasizing that salty, spicy foods, sour and sweet drinks that cause thirst should be avoided, Assoc. Dr. Macit Bitargil says it will be good to eat lots of vegetables and greens, eat fish instead of red meat, prefer boiled, steamed and grilled ways instead of frying. It is also very important for heart health to stay away from pastries and sweets with syrup, and avoid foods containing excessive amounts of salt.

Attention to those who use drugs for blood thinning!

Assoc. Dr. Masit Bitargil emphasizes that it is very important to organize the doctor’s medication and medication intake in accordance with Ramadan and maintain close communication with the doctor. Assoc. Dr. Macit Bitargil “Particularly those who need to use blood thinners may face very serious consequences, ranging from risk of stroke to death, if they stop or do not use blood thinners.” speaks.

Physical exercise is important after iftar

Cardiac patients who want to be physically active during Ramadan should pay attention to some points. Specialist in Cardiovascular Surgery Assoc. Dr. Macit Bitargil “Physical activity done at the wrong time can increase the workload on the heart in an already dehydrated person and cause unwanted results, fainting and heart attacks. Therefore, those who want to play sports can take walks for 30-40 minutes 2-3 hours after eating in the evening, without straining too much and with the permission of a doctor. Assoc. Dr. Matsit Bitargil says that going to bed immediately after eating is uncomfortable, so inactivity should be avoided.

There should be small breaks for sleep

Emphasizing that sufficient sleep during Ramadan is essential for proper brain decision-making and cognitive functions such as memory and logical thinking, Assoc. Dr. Masit Bitargil says:

Lack of sleep will also lead to poor decision making, irritability during the day, temper tantrums, headaches, and stress. All this directly or indirectly increases the load on the heart and can lead to undesirable results. In this regard, it is recommended to sleep at least 4 hours of uninterrupted night sleep after iftar before suhoor, a few more hours after suhoor, and during the day to take small breaks for sleep for 20 minutes.

Assoc. Dr. Macit Bitargil, on the other hand, emphasizes that patients with a recent heart attack or severe arrhythmias, patients with uncontrolled hypertension, and patients with advanced valvular disease are at high risk, so fasting is not recommended.

Specialist in Cardiovascular Surgery at Acibadem Taksim Hospital, Assoc. Dr. Masit Bitargil stated that fasting can lead to significant risk for people with cardiovascular disease, especially if there are additional diseases such as uncontrolled diabetes and chronic kidney failure; He says that patients who don’t use insulin and whose blood sugar levels are tightly controlled with diabetes medications can fast under medical supervision.


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