According to experts from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Ramadan fasting can be safe for patients with heart failure. Studies show that
More than one billion Muslims worldwide abstain from food, drink, and oral medications from dawn to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. Patients with chronic illnesses are exempt but most elect to fast. The fasting period typically lasts 15 to 16 hours, and two meals are eaten during the night. Symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, ankle swelling, and fatigue. Patients are advised to limit daily intake of fluid to less than two litres and sodium to less than 2500 mg.
“I often hear from heart patients about whether it is safe to fast during Ramadan and now I can base my advice off of evidence that has been collected ,” said Dr K. P. Raman, Cardiologist & Chairman of Al Hayat Hospital.
Patients should adhere to fluid and salt restrictions, not omit any doses of drugs. For drugs with two daily doses, patients need to take them with as wide a gap as possible during non-fasting hours.
In addition, you can shift to drugs with a single daily dose that can be taken during non-fasting hours. Please reach out to us or your cardiologist for more details and medical advice.