78 percent of patients recovered from COVID-19 shows cardiac damage


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78 percent of people diagnosed with COVID-19 showed evidence of a cardiac damage caused by the disease weeks after they recovered, a recent study published in the JAMA Cardiology.

Of the 100 participants in the study, 78 of them had evidence of cardiac sleep in MRI or MRI images, according to the researchers in charge of the study.

"None of the 100 patients included in the analysis had experienced cardiac symptoms related to the new coronavirus and were mostly healthy. before his illness," the experts in charge of the research explained.

The study notes that the MRI findings were consistent with two potentially serious heart conditions: myocarditis and pericarditis.

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The first is inflammation of the heart muscle and can reduce the heart's ability to pump, which can cause irregular heartbeats.

"And pericarditis causes inflammation of the protective tissues that surround the heart and can cause pain," explained the study's co-author, Valentina Puntmann, cardiologist and clinical pharmacologist at Frankfurt University Hospital in Germany.

They also reported that both patients and researchers were surprised by the intensity and prevalence of these findings, and that they were "still very pronounced even though the original disease was already a few weeks away," Puntmann said in the middle UPI.

The specialist added: "We found evidence of continuous inflammation within the heart muscle as well as the lining of the heart in a considerable majority of patients."

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The 100 study participants, aged 45 to 53, had recovered from COVID-19 and the researchers underwent an MRI evaluation two or three months after being diagnosed with the virus.

"60 percent of participants had evidence of ongoing cardiac inflammation on their MRIs, which was independent of pre-existing conditions or the course of their COVID-19 infection," it was reported.

Two-thirds of participants recovered from COVID-19 at home and 18 percent never had symptoms of the virus, the researchers explained. "About half of them had mild to moderate symptoms of coronavirus."

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Puntmann added: "While we do not yet have direct evidence of [long-term] consequences, such as the development of heart failure, which can be attributed directly to COVID-19, it is quite possible that in a few years this burden will be huge based on what we know from other viral conditions."

Although participants in Puntmann's study recovered from the virus, an independent analysis, published in JAMA Cardiology, found evidence of infection in the hearts of 16 out of 39 patients who died from the disease, or 41 percent.

The discovery was made during the autopsies of patients, who were between 78 and 89 years old.

"COVID-19 can infect the heart and, in severe cases, the virus seems to replicate within it," he told UPI the study co-author Dirk Westermann, cardiologist at the University Medical Center hamburg-Eppendorf, also in Germany.

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