Interview by Narine Galstyan
Translated and edited by Anush Muradyan

Photo by Med
2020-06-22 16:08
These days of the pandemic created difficulties in the lives of young people too. Places of entertainment and cultural centers closed down, ways of socializing got restricted.

Some were not able to celebrate their birthdays, others were forced to postpone a long-planned wedding. Some young people lost their jobs, others switched to remote education or work, which being a completely new experience, arose additional stress and difficulties. Those who were graduating high schools or colleges, did not get the chance to properly celebrate those memorable events of their lives. And, God forbid, the illness was added to all of this, a mental breakdown could not be avoided.

Today life is getting back to normal, and yet new challenges are still ahead, especially for those who are to enter universities, as the entrance exams will be held in a totally new structure this year.


Have there been more cases of blood pressure fluctuations or cardiac insufficiency reported by young people? Is there a link to the coronavirus pandemic? How to defeat stress?

We asked these questions to Tsiala Ustyan, Cardiologist at Preventive Cardiology Center.

Tsiala Ustyan graduated from public school N 117 in 1996, then from the Medical University after M. Heratsi in 2002, and then completed her residency. Since 2010 she has been working in the Preventive Cardiology Center, also had worked in the Research Center of Radiation Medicine and Burns, and in “Armenia” Republican Medical Center. She participated in multiple research projects, she is an author and co-author of numerous research papers.

“Has the number of young visitors grown during the pandemic or people tend to forget their illnesses and focus only on protecting themselves from the coronavirus?”

“The events of the past months have made changes in all of our lives, including changes in people’s attitude towards their own health issues. Before this people used to visit us even with minor complaints, and now they visit mostly in severe cases. This is true for young people as well.”.

“They say that lately cardiovascular illnesses, such as hypertension, started to occur from a younger age. Is this accurate?”

“Sadly, we see that in our practice on a daily basis. The World Health Organization states that these issues ‘got younger’. And, Armenia is not an exception. The risk factors such as low physical activity, overweight, and mental tension add to these illnesses.

But I can also confidently say that young people changed their attitude towards their health in general, the culture of taking care of their own health has been forming. Not only the number of followers of healthy lifestyle has grown, which means they do exercise periodically, follow certain diets, avoid weight gain, but also young people visit doctors in order to prevent possible illnesses. This is very reassuring, as we as doctors always state that it is easier to prevent an illness rather than to cure one. In this sense, the detectability of illnesses has risen for the younger generation. And detecting hypertension at a younger stage is more important as the irregular hypertension is one of the principal reasons for cardiovascular issues.”.

“What would you advise to young people especially for the summertime - the pandemic is not yet over, the weather is getting hotter, and the university entrance exams are expected soon, and will add to tension and can create stressful situations?”

“Be positive, do not surrender because of temporary hardship. In every situation try to see the positive, appreciate what you have and not what you lack temporarily. Realize that today’s seeming sacrifice will save numerous lives and you are responsible in the fight against the pandemic too.”.