Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Three-Quarters of Recovered Coronavirus Patients Have Heart Damage Months Later, Study Finds

 Of the 100 patients studied, 78 had lingering heart damage despite being “mostly healthy … prior to their illness”.

By Julie Mazziotta

Well over half a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, experts are learning more about the virus that was initially believed to be only a respiratory illness. Over time, it’s become clear that COVID-19 attacks far more than just the lungs, and new research indicates that it can leave lasting heart damage, even in formerly healthy people who have recovered from the initial symptoms.

Two new studies, both from Germany, examined the effects of COVID-19 on the heart, with one focusing on recovered patients and the other on older victims of the virus.

The first study, published Monday in JAMA Cardiology, found that three-quarters of recovered COVID-19 patients were left with structural changes to their hearts, even two months later.  Read more >>