Heart patients should make the ‘fasting’ decision together with their physician.


Health Sciences University (SBU) Koşuyolu High Specialization Training and Research Hospital Cardiology Clinic Instructor Prof. Dr. Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Ramazan Kargın stated that one of the many virtues of the month of Ramadan, which is of great importance for the Muslim world, is the benefits of fasting for body health.

Stating that this month is also important for cardiovascular patients, Kargın emphasized that in patients with advanced heart disease or those whose symptoms begin suddenly, life-threatening conditions may occur due to the disease, and long-term intake of food and liquid on fasting days can lead to changes in sensitive body functions.

Kargın said, “Cardiovascular diseases, rhythm disorders, high blood pressure and many diseases, which can range from advanced stage heart failure, can contain a single type or many of them together. The treatment applied in these diseases is aimed at keeping the clinical condition in hemodynamically normal conditions and eliminating the patient’s complaints. Sometimes, due to the complicated clinical situation or the sudden onset of the disease, treatment practices are also carried out in hospital conditions. Therefore, the decision to fast should be evaluated together with the physician who follows it, according to the type and severity of the disease. ” he spoke.

“Patients should continue their medication while fasting.”

Kargın stated that those who had a heart attack, stent implanted, heart failure patients after a few weeks and those who had heart surgery or heart transplants after a few weeks, and those who had heart surgery or heart transplants, were able to do their daily activities comfortably, and that these patients were able to fast only from the period when they do their daily activities. He stated that they could start.

Kargın continued as follows:

“These patients may not fast because there is a high clinical situation variability in patients with ongoing chest pain, shortness of breath and discomfort with palpitations, uncontrolled blood pressure, advanced heart failure or cardiac patients who take high doses of medication, and they need to take more intense medication. Patients whose cardiac complaints are improved, whose blood pressure is normal, who have not had a life-threatening heart disease or surgery, can fast, provided that they take their medications at sahur or iftar. Those who use a single dose of medication per day can continue their treatment by taking their morning medicine at sahur and evening medication at iftar. The important thing is to take the medicine at the same time every day. “

Prof. Dr. Ramazan Kargın, explaining that it is necessary to continue healthy eating habits during Ramadan, and that a sufficient and balanced diet and fluid intake between iftar and sahur are important, “We should also pay attention to our heart health during Ramadan. We should evaluate the decision of fasting together with our physician. After determining in advance, we can perform our fast at iftar and sahur by feeding properly and in moderation and by taking enough liquid. ” used the expressions.


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