A rising number of studies show that people who have been recovered from COVID19 infection might experience some type of heart issues, even if they do not have any underlying heart conditions. This is a new and potential worry for several health experts around the world. Dr. Greg Fonarow, the head of the Cardiology department at the University of California has said that many recovered COVID19 patients have been showing symptoms of cardiac arrest. It shows that there might be some patients who recover from COVID19 infection but later they can develop cardiovascular issues. There has been news that around 30 percent of student-athletes infected with COVID19 have complained of heart inflammation at Penn State University. Health inflammation is also known as myocarditis.
Dr. Fonarow has affirmed that complications like myocarditis might lead to an increase in heart failure. Health experts are also worried about people who already have heart issues and do not have COVID19 infection. Such people are hesitant to go to the hospital for the treatment, as they are scared of the virus. A report says that one-fourth of all the people who have been hospitalized with COVID19 infection have been diagnosed with heart complications later. Two studies have confirmed that heart issues among those who have been infected might be more extensive. Although it is difficult to identify who all will be at risk. These studies have been published in the Journal of JAMA Cardiology.
Experts have performed autopsies on 39 COVID19 patients and found that there has been some infection in their hearts. These patients have not been diagnosed with any heart issues during the COVID19 treatment. In another study, experts have used cardiac MRI on 100 people who have been recovered from COVID19 within two to three months. Around 78 percent of them have been diagnosed with abnormalities in their hearts. Experts have found that at least 60 percent of them have developed myocardial inflammation as well. The same research has shown high levels of the blood enzyme troponin in 76 percent of coronavirus survivors. Troponin, a blood enzyme is an indicator of heart damage. However, experts have said that most of these patients do not need hospitalization.