These patients had a tendency to become ill and died more frequently than patients without cardiac complications, they did not raise immediate danger. After all, people with severe cases of Kovid-19 — severely enough to air the hospital. Most people who contract the virus experience a spectrum of less-severe symptoms. Many do not feel as ill as one in three. But now, evidence is emerging that the virus can damage the heart even in people who had mild symptoms or none at all, especially if those people exercise while infected.
Last month, when league commissioners from the Big Ten and Pac-12 college conferences announced they would postpone the 2020 game season, one of the key factors they cited was concern over something called myocarditis. Cardiologists speak of what happens when the heart muscle walls become inflamed, the organ becomes weak and makes it more difficult for the blood to pump. This is not a newly discovered condition, and it rarely changes, but when it does, it often starts with infection. Viruses, bacteria, even invasive amoebae, yeast, and insects have all been shown to cause this.
All they have is that they shock the body’s immune system in a manner of attack, which leads to inflammation. If a person relaxes when they are ill and during recovery, most of the time the swelling is cured and the heart muscle recovers automatically. But strenuous activity, while the heart is weak, can cause swelling in the legs, dizziness, shortness of breath and – in severe cases – irregular heartbeat, cardiac arrest and sudden death.
These more extreme results are seen most often among competitive athletes. Therefore cardiologists are cautioning about the return of sports mid-epidemic. Just last month, former Florida basketball player Michael Ojo died of apparent heart complications while playing in a Pro League in Serbia, shortly after the 27-year-old was recovered from the Kovid-19.
Saurabh Rajpal, a cardiologist and assistant professor at OSU State University, said that to prevent the epidemic, to prevent tragic heart injuries among student athletes, doctors at Ohio State University developed a new protocol. The protocol requires clinical trials, blood tests, electrocardiograms, and MRIs — an expensive and moderately used imaging technique — which is diagnosed before returning to play, with Kovid-19. Between June and August, 26 men and women from the school’s football, football, lacrosse, basketball and track teams were shown after being recovered from Kovid-19. MRI increased inflammation of the heart muscle – four of them indicating myocarditis. Of them, two had never experienced any symptoms of Kovid-19. The series of cases was reported in the magazine on Friday JAMA Cardiology.
Because the athletes’ hearts were not imaged prior to their Kovid-19 infection, and because they did not match the controls – similar ones that did not contract the virus – it is impossible to ascertain whether the virus caused the observed damage. . But Rajpal, one of the study’s co-workers, says myocarditis is caused by other viral infections, and SARS-COV-2 is no different. “It’s important for people to know that Kovid-19 can affect the heart,” he says.