“They quantified what we have already known:” Study showing COVID could lead to heart issues

MARYLAND– As the pandemic continues, more and more information is surfacing. One new study saying it appears COVID-19 can leave patients at risk for heart problems.

“They quantified what we have already known, which is good so validating the obvious,” Dr. Chris Snyder, with TidalHealth, said.

The study was published this month by Nature Medicine looking at the long term cardiovascular outcomes of COVID of over 150,000 people in different subgroups. They found the illness increased the possibility of blood clots, heart disease, and more.

“Definitely, the increase in blood clots both in people’s extremities mainly their legs and in their lungs that’s something we have seen with COVID sometimes with the acute infections and sometimes afterwards,” Dr. Sally Dowling, with Atlantic General Hospital, said.

The study also revealing evidence the virus can leave patients at risk for these problems for at least one year after infection.

“Folks are seeing acute cardiovascular things long after they had COVID and I think some of the promising things is how the potential vaccine prevention for these cardiovascular related incidents with COVID, due to the high viral load,” Dr. Snyder said.

Both Doctors we spoke with from TidalHealth and Atlantic General said they aren’t shocked about the findings, especially considering what they’ve already learned.

“It’s not surprising that this study showed that because we do know that a lot of viral infections will lead to an increase risk of cardiac disorders afterwards,” Dr. Dowling said.

But, they said with COVID-19 still being fairly new more data is still being collected.

“It’s a retrospect of study that’s analyzing population that’s not really scientifically figuring out what it’s happening, which we need to figure out,” Dr. Snyder said.

And, in the meantime, as we continue to learn more doctors said we should use the tools we’re given.

“Make sure you’re vaccinated because we know vaccination has a significant factor on reducing the viral load the infection based on the antibody response,” Dr. Snyder said.

Dr. Sally Dowling also said not keeping up with health routines and time in quarantine could also affect people’s heart health. That’s why she’s advising people to get back to their healthy routines like exercising and doctor check-ups.

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