A report says that survivors of the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19) are at risk of heart damage a year after infection
A report Thursday said that COVID-19 survivors, some of whom were not sick enough to require hospital treatment, may face a higher risk of serious heart disease one year after infection.
The study found that patients who were not hospitalized had a 39% greater risk of developing heart failure compared to those who had never had the virus. Bloomberg reported. The risk increases with the severity of the infection, the report said.
Ziad Al-Ali, director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology at the Saint Louis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, described these effects as “significant.”
He said, according to the report, “Governments and health systems must wake up to the fact that COVID will cast a long shadow over the long-running form of COVID, with severe consequences. I worry that we are not taking this seriously enough.” .
Johns Hopkins posted on website Blood tests have shown that some COVID-19 patients have elevated levels of troponin in their blood, which is an indication of damaged heart tissue.
The Bloomberg report said the study could be published in the journal Nature.