- A new study finds that people who suffer mild cases of COVID-19 are still at risk of serious complications a year later
- Those who did not require hospitalization had a 24% increased risk of stroke and an 119% increased risk of pulmonary embolism, a type of blood clot
- Patients who require hospitalization or ICU treatment for the virus are at an even higher risk of developing these conditions
- The long-lasting effects of Covid are currently going unnoticed, researchers fear, as even mild cases of the virus can cause permanent harm to someone.
Even mild COVID-19 cases can significantly increase the risk of developing heart problems a year later, a new study has found.
A joint research team from Washington University in St. Louis and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), St. Louis Health Care System in Missouri, examined the likelihood of developing a condition in the 12 months following a COVID diagnosis.
They found that people who didn’t need hospitalization had a 39 percent increased risk of suffering heart failure with virus cases and 24 percent more likely to have a stroke than someone who didn’t. There was never covid.
People with mild COVID-19 cases were 119 percent more likely to develop a pulmonary embolism — a type of blood clot — and 277 percent more likely to suffer from inflammation of the heart.
People who suffer mild cases of COVID-19 that do not require hospitalization may still have heart failure (39% increased risk), stroke (24%) or pulmonary embolism (119 %) is at an increased risk of developing serious complications. study finds
People who required hospitalization or even intensive care during their bout with the virus were at an even greater risk of developing these serious conditions the following year, with 2,426% of pulmonary embolisms. There is an increased chance of developing surgery and a 2,774% increased chance of suffering. cardiac arrest
Cases that require hospitalization or even intensive medical care often have a higher risk of developing these conditions.
Data from the preprint study was provided by Research Square on Tuesday, and is pending peer review before full publication in the journal Nature.
The research presents the worrying possibility that more Americans may be at risk for serious medical issues than they believe, and that the nation could face further health crises in the future.
“The results for COVID-19 are substantial,” said lead author and director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology at VA St. Louis, Dr. Ziad Al-Ali. bloomberg.
‘Governments and health systems must wake up to the reality that COVID will cast a long shadow in the form of a prolonged COVID, and will have disastrous consequences. I am worried that we are not taking this seriously.
‘Long covid’ is a term used to refer to the lasting effects on one’s body even after recovery.
ICU treatment is required, often in the most severe cases of the virus, leaving someone at highest risk of developing serious medical complications. Pictured: A patient is placed on a ventilator in an Apple Valley, Calif., ICU, Jan. 11
In more mild cases, a person may have a reduced ability to smell or taste things.
More severe cases can leave a person bedridden, or even develop serious complications down the line as a result of the damage done by the virus to their body.
Why or how the virus affects a person’s body in this way is unknown, although experts fear the ‘Long Covid’ could become a post-pandemic pandemic as many people’s bodies will be permanently replaced by the virus.
This type of serious medical condition that develops in people suffering from mild cases of the virus is a particularly worrying effect of ‘long covid’.
With 44 million Americans and 21.9 million people infected with the virus worldwide, the near future could see an influx of medical issues across the globe.
People with more severe COVID cases are at a much higher risk of long-term heart problems.
The researchers found that people hospitalized with the virus had a 482 percent increased risk of cardiac arrest up to a year after being infected — while the risk was negligible for those with mild cases.
People who require intensive care in the ICU are at an astronomical risk, with a 2,774 percent increased chance of going into cardiac arrest after COVID.
Someone hospitalized with the virus was more than twice as likely to have a stroke on average — 177 percent — and those admitted to the ICU were four times more likely.
A pulmonary embolism is a type of blood clot that often forms in one’s legs before traveling elsewhere in the body.
People who contract COVID and are hospitalized have an 855 percent increased risk of clot formation.
A person who ends up in intensive care because of the virus has a 2,426 percent increase chance.
Additionally, patients hospitalized during a battle with the virus had a 1,264 percent higher risk, and those admitted to the ICU were 3,940 percent more likely to develop rare heart inflammation.
Myocarditis is a relatively minor condition compared to others researched in the study – as inflammation of the heart often clears up on its own and is somewhat common after a viral infection – but it can also prove fatal in some cases. Is.
This is a common side effect of COVID, but people who experience severe cases of the virus are also more likely to develop it than those with mild cases.