COVID-19 takes serious toll on heart health - a full year after recovery

Researchers found the risk of 20 different heart and vessel maladies was substantially increased.

The risk rose with severity of initial disease and extended to every outcome the team examined, including heart attacks, arrhythmias, transient ischemic attacks, heart failure, inflammatory heart disease, cardiac arrest, pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis. Even people who never went to the hospital had more cardiovascular disease than those who were never infected.

The results are "stunning... worse than I expected, for sure," says Eric Topol, a cardiologist at Scripps Research. "All of these are very serious disorders. If anybody ever thought that COVID was like the flu this should be one of the most powerful data sets to point out it's not." [...]

"We found an increased risk of cardiovascular problems in old people and in young people, in people with diabetes and without diabetes, in people with obesity and people without obesity, in people who smoked and who never smoked." [...] The authors say their findings suggest millions of COVID-19 survivors could suffer long-term consequences, straining health systems for years to come. [...]

Al-Aly adds: "What really worries me is that some of these conditions are chronic conditions that will literally scar people for a lifetime. It's not like you wake up tomorrow and suddenly no longer have heart failure."

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3 Responses:

  1. Igelau says:

    This is one of those things that triggers both sides of my anxiety coin. On one side I'm like "omg, I have to super careful and try not to get this", while the other side is like "I probably already had an asymptomatic case and the time bomb is ticking, better go lick doorknobs while I'm still alive to do it"

    • rinze says:

      Pretty much. I had a runny nose two days ago and did a quick test -- negative. Took some antihistamines because I thought it was a random allergy I get from time to time and that solved the issue. But what if...? I guess we'll all find out a few years down the line. Canada has decided that we have to "learn to live with the virus" and I really think this is not the brightest idea.

      As someone said in another forum: the best thing that can happen is to have a new strain more contagiuos than Omicron but with 33 % mortality, MERS-like. That way we'll really tackle this.

  2. MattyJ says:

    Whoa boy. I can't wait to see, in about 10 years, the mesothelioma lawyer commercials replaced with long COVID lawyer commercials when all the anti-vaxxers start dropping dead from random heart attacks because nobody mandated they do anything about it in the before current times.

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