As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreck havoc around the world, a lot of questions among doctors and the public alike are arising. It’s already known that the virus is able to reach the lungs, sometimes the nervous system, but what about the heart? This seems to be the case and it could even cause some heart problems.
Among the symptoms and consequences of the coronavirus, pulmonary and nervous damages stand center stage among others. Added to these is the possibility that the virus could actually cause some cardiac consequences. In a Chinese study carried out on 416 patients and relayed by the journal JAMA Cardiology, 82 people suffered from heart damage after contracting Covid-19.
Does this mean that the coronavirus necessarily attacks the heart? No. Covid-19 could lead to heart problems or exacerbate pre-existing diseases. The cause and effect relationship is not yet clearly established. That said, previous epidemics of coronavirus had already shown a link between viral infection and acute coronary syndromes, arrhythmias or heart failure.
Research on this subject continues. Heart damage is not necessarily caused by the virus directly. It’s a possibility. But it is also conceivable that it was the reaction of the body in response to the virus that caused these cardiac dysfunctions.
In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has reduced consultations in cardiac emergencies in many major cities around the world. But that does not mean that people no longer have heart problems … Simply that they do not dare to go to consult. As a result, doctors are seeing an upsurge in heart failure.
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