We know that Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite.Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite. The parasite is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. It is a mosquito borne disease caused by anopheles mosquito. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever, tiredness, vomiting, and headaches. In severe cases it can cause yellow skin, seizures, coma, or death. It causes a large number of deaths every year all over the world.
Now it is being said that Malaria is also related to heart failure. It increases the risk of heart disease. This could be possible since malaria affects multi organs, in severe cases even after the cure the damage caused persists. In a study, it is found that patients infected with malaria have a 30% chance of developing heart failure over time.
The exact reason for this is still a question and its study is going on. It is said that malaria could be a contributor to functional and structural changes in the myocardium, which is the muscle failure of the heart. Studies have also shown that malaria can affect the blood pressure regulatory, which may cause heart failure.
As we say prevention is better than cure, Malaria can often be avoided using the ABCD approach to prevention, which stands for:
- Awareness of risk – find out whether you’re at risk of getting malaria.
- Bite prevention – avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent, covering your arms and legs, and using a mosquito net.
- Check whether you need to take malaria prevention tablets – if you do, make sure you take the right antimalarial tablets at the right dose, and finish the course.
- Diagnosis– seek immediate medical advice if you have malaria symptoms.