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COVID-19 may hurt your heart, according to new reserach. Marco Mantovani/Getty Images
  • A new study finds COVID-19 can cause heart injury, even in people without underlying heart issues.
  • According to from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC), the death rate for COVID-19 patients with heart disease was 10.5 percent.
  • Experts say it’s important for people with cardiovascular disease to be isolated from people with COVID-19 symptoms.

All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. Some information may be out of date.

体育投注网址COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, has sickened hundreds of thousands and continues to kill large numbers of people worldwide.

Primarily considered life threatening for its effects on the lungs, a 体育投注网址 published this month in JAMA Cardiology finds COVID-19 can also cause heart injury, even in people without underlying heart issues.

“We know that the cardiac injury risk is there, no matter if you had prior heart disease or not. So prior heart disease is a risk factor for higher mortality in these patients. Cardiac injury also is a risk factor, but this can happen to people who are free of heart disease,” , MS, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of cardiology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, told Healthline.

体育投注网址 from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC), the death rate for COVID-19 patients with heart disease in mainland China was 10.5 percent between Dec. 30 and Feb. 11.

体育投注网址“It’s been seen with lots of viruses. In fact, we’ve most commonly seen it with Epstein-Barr, and we’ve seen it with influenza — so that’s definitely not a new thing. The difference seems to be in the later stages of this disease,” said , interventional cardiologist with St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California.

体育投注网址 “COVID-19 seems to be more of a respiratory picture first and then at the later stages becomes more of a cardiac,” he said.

with another germ; when the lungs are weakened by the disease; and a “” caused by an overwhelming immune system response to the infection.

“Cytokines are proteins that regulate a wide array of biologic functions, one of them being inflammation and repair,” said , DO, FACC, RPVI, a cardiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and Texas Health Physicians Group.

“The inflammatory response of cytokines can lead to heart damage via the mechanism of heart failure,” he said.

体育投注网址, a cardiologist at Texas Health Fort Worth and Texas Health Physicians Group, explains that when this happens, a patient could experience a potentially deadly condition called myocarditis.

体育投注网址“Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle. It can potentially result in weak pump function of the heart muscle, known as heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) or systolic heart failure,” Gudimetla said.

He points out in JAMA Cardiology that concluded cardiac injury is a common condition in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China.

in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine in May, found that 24 percent of COVID-19 patients were experiencing acute heart failure when first diagnosed with the virus.

体育投注网址The authors state that it’s unclear if the heart failure was caused by COVID-19 or if the virus had worsened undiagnosed heart failure.

体育投注网址“It is currently unknown if heart failure is due to new cardiomyopathy [a condition that can lead to heart failure] versus an exacerbation of previously undiagnosed heart failure,” study authors wrote.

体育投注网址Dr. William Brady, one of the study’s authors, that as more experience is gained treating COVID-19, “We will continue to learn more about COVID-19 and the most optimal means of managing its many presentations.”

体育投注网址The researchers also address potential drug interactions in these patients.

According to the study, is a treatment option that can interact with medications used to regulate heart rhythm. It could also cause heart damage and worsen cardiomyopathy.

The authors note that , an antiviral that’s the only COVID-19 treatment by the FDA, can cause low blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm.

体育投注网址“Some of the medications utilized to treat COVID-19 also have potential cardiac complications,” the authors note. “It is important for the emergency clinicians to be aware of these complications when treating the COVID-19 patient.”

(for which Madjid consulted) advising healthcare providers how best to deal with the cardiac risks presented by COVID-19.

体育投注网址They include:

  • Make plans for quickly identifying and isolating cardiovascular patients with COVID-19 symptoms from other patients.
  • Patients with underlying cardiovascular disease are at higher risk for developing COVID-19 and have a worse outlook.
  • Advise all cardiovascular patients of the potential increased risk and encourage additional, reasonable precautions.
  • It’s important for people with cardiovascular disease to remain current with vaccinations, especially for influenza and pneumonia.

Typically considered a threat to the lungs, COVID-19 also presents a significant threat to heart health, according to recently published research.

Although people with existing heart disease have a greater risk, a small percent of people with no preexisting heart issues also experienced heart damage from COVID-19.

Experts say it’s important for those with cardiovascular disease to be isolated from people with COVID-19 symptoms and to remain current with vaccinations for influenza and pneumonia.