During the COVID-19 pandemic, we learned that the coronavirus attacks much more than your respiratory system. There are symptoms of the virus that affect everyone from your mouth to your digestive system. Now, a new study published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Cardiology Have found that one of the more frightening effects of COVID-19 is also very common. According to Jama Cardiology study, About 80 percent of COVID patients have heart damage..
The research, conducted out of University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany, examined MRI scans of 100 patients diagnosed with COVID-19, most of whom were healthy in their 40s and 50s. The scan showed that 78 (78 percent) of the patients had signs of heart damage. In addition, 60 percent of patients showed signs of inflammation. Researchers say these startling findings demonstrate the need for “ongoing investigation into the long-term cardiac consequences of COVID-19”.
Lead author of the study, Valentina Putman, MD, Cardiologist and Clinical Pharmacist at University Hospital Frankfurt state, “The fact that 78 percent ‘recovered’ [patients] Evidence of ongoing involvement of the heart means that the majority of cardiac patients are involved, even though COVID-19 disease does not rule out with classical heart symptoms, such as chest pain. “
In a recent paper, JAMA Cardiology The editors Clyde W. Yancy, MD, and Greg C. Fonro, MD, cites this new study as evidence that they “Watch the plot thicken. “They write:” We are inclined to raise a new and very clear concern that COVID-19-related cardiomyopathy and heart failure may potentially develop as the natural history of this infection becomes apparent. “
Unfortunately, while the new German study began to answer some questions, it opened the door to even more questions. “Now the question is, how long do these changes continue?” cardiologist Matthew tome, MD, who was not involved in the study, reported state. “Are these going to have long-term effects on the heart, or are they – we hope – temporary effects on heart function that will gradually improve over time?”
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As experts continue to study COVID-19 and its long-lasting effects, we would expect those answers to be known. And for more information on how COVID-19 affects the heart, most coronovirus patients have severe damage to this vital organ.
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