Ramadan fasting provides many health benefits for heart disease patients. Despite having to withstand hunger and thirst for 14 hours, but Ramadan fasting proved to have a major effect on heart function and other organs.
‘Research shows that there is no increase in the incidence of heart attacks, severe heart rhythm disturbances, acute heart problems and are lighter than the months that are not Ramadan,’ Dr. David said.
In addition, Ramadan fasting can reduce cholesterol levels in the body as well as very consistent healing in heart patients. In fact, other research shows that fasting can reduce blood pressure, which is a beneficial condition for heart disease patients.
‘Lowering total cholesterol, then lowering LDL cholesterol, bad cholesterol, and increasing HDL or good cholesterol. Then also lowering blood pressure, losing weight, and abdominal circumference,’ explained Dr. David.
‘All of these are factors that play an important role in maintaining a healthy heart and blood vessels. Fasting apparently does not reduce immunity, but will improve or make our body’s immune condition become more balanced,’ he continued.
Patients with stable heart disease and controlled hypertension who routinely receive medication can perform Ramadan fasting without problems.
‘So you don’t need to worry, those who have a slight heart condition and hypertension can fast as usual’ said Dr. David.