A couple of studies published Monday suggest that COVID-19 patients may experience long-lasting heart problems after recovering from the disease, adding to the growing evidence that the coronavirus can have a devastating effect on the vital organ. .
In one study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Cardiology, scientists at the University Hospital of Frankfurt examined the cardiac MRIs of 100 people who had recovered from COVID-19 and compared them to images of the heart of 100 people who were not infected with the virus. Participants underwent MRI evaluations two to three months after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
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Of the 100 COVID-19 patients in the study, the researchers found that 78 patients, with an average age of 49, showed signs of heart abnormalities. The research showed that 76 patients showed heart damage comparable to that seen in someone who has had a heart attack and 60 patients showed signs of inflammation. The researchers said two-thirds of the patients had recovered at home and many did not suspect they had something wrong with their hearts.
“The fact that 78% of ‘recovered’ [patients] having evidence of continuous cardiac involvement means that the heart is involved in most patients, even if COVID-19 disease does not scream with classic heart symptoms such as anginal chest pain, “said Valentina Puntmann, who led the study. STAT News.
The second study They analyzed the autopsy results of 39 people who died from COVID-19 whose average age was 85 years. The official cause of death for most patients was pneumonia caused by COVID-19.
The analysis found high levels of the virus in the hearts of 24 of the patients, and in some patients, the virus was observed to be replicating in the tissue surrounding the heart muscle.
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