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Coronavirus: heart damage in patients?

Doctors suspect Covid-19, in its most severe forms, of causing acute cardiovascular problems.

We know it all too well: Covid-19 , in its most serious forms, causes respiratory infections which can go as far as lung lesions, which are fatal in many cases – fortunately not the majority.

Doctors are now wondering if the disease also has repercussions on the cardiovascular level. A study published in the specialized publication Jama cardiology highlights the higher lethality of Covid-19 in people prone to heart problems. A rate that would rise to more than 10% (about 3 times more than normal). Especially in people over 65 years old suffering from pathologies like hypertension , angina pectoris, heart failure, arrhythmia, arteritis, or arteriosclerosis …

Worse, doctors suspect Covid-19 to cause cardiovascular damage in patients who did not suffer from it before, as in previous epidemics of coronavirus-related illnesses – SARS or MERS.

“It is likely that even in the absence of previous heart disease, the heart muscle could be affected by coronavirus disease,” says one of the study authors. “Overall, a lesion of the heart muscle can occur in any patient, whether or not he has heart disease , but the risk is higher in those who already have heart disease,” he continues. he. But not just among them: “It is reasonable to expect that significant cardiovascular complications from Covid 19 will occur in patients with severe symptoms due to the strong inflammatory response associated with this disease. “

We do not stop discovering about this dirt. Be more vigilant than ever.

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