Q: How can a recovered Covid patient take care of their heart at home? What are some care tips?
A: Post-Covid cardiac care is important. Cardiac patients should continue their medicines timely. Aerobic activity is encouraged. Blood thinners should be continued. Sometimes patients with elevated d-dimer need anti-coagulants for a few weeks as per consultation. What is important is: 45 minutes daily exercise, a balanced diet, and a positive mindset to keep their heart healthy.
Choose heart-healthy foods and snacks (plant-based and unprocessed foods are good choices). Maintain a normal body weight: Having obesity increases your chance of serious illness from Covid-19. Exercise daily. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water; Get enough sleep by aiming for seven to eight hours of shut-eye a night. Don’t smoke or overindulge with food or alcohol. Follow your care plan, stay up-to-date with vaccines and call if you have questions or concerns; use telehealth options if new symptoms or concerns arise. Ensure you have at least one month of prescribed medication at home.
Finally, maintain social distancing, but don’t socially isolate yourself. Stay connected with family and friends.
Q: Five final tips for people who gained a few extra kilos in this altered lifestyle?
A: If you are on a keto diet and because of limited supply of food material and also lack of domestic hired help, you are not able to do a keto it is fine and you can plan a low-carb diet. When things normalise you resume your earlier diet.
Intermittent fasting is a very good idea. You can skip either a breakfast or a dinner start within the duration of 12 hours gradually increasing to 18 hours of dieting for at least five days a week. Try not to snack in between the meals. Keep exercising and working out — dancing, rope skipping, yoga aerobics and exercising. Use apps.
Calories is what matters the most, less calories, less weight. Make a menu on what you have ahead for a week so that you don’t end up in out of the stock situation and land up in a high calorific diet.