COVID-19 survivors in danger of heart damage year after infection, report says

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COVID-19 survivors, some of whom were not sick enough to require hospitalization, may be at higher risk of serious heart problems a year after infection, according to a report on Thursday.

The study found that non-hospitalized patients had a 39% higher risk of developing heart failure than someone who had never been sick with the virus, Bloomberg reported. The report said that the risk increases with the severity of the infection.

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Ziad al-Ali, director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology at the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System, called these results “substantial.”

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According to the report, “Governments and health systems must wake up to the reality that COVID, in the form of prolonged COVID, will cast a long shadow, and will have disastrous consequences. I am concerned that we are not taking this seriously,” he said. said. .

Posted by johns hopkins on Website That blood tests have shown that some COVID-19 patients have increased levels of troponin in their blood, an indicator of damaged heart tissue.

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Bloomberg reports that the study could be published in the journal Nature.


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