Heart Association: Coronavirus causing heart damage to many patients – WXYZ

The American Heart Associated is dealing with 150 US hospitals and 14,000 clients to much better understand the virus impact to the heart.

Research studies have suggested that 8 to 12 percent of all coronavirus infections have caused heart damage. There is also issue that the resulting heart damage triggers a higher risk for cardiac arrest, strokes, and other cardiovascular-related diseases even following recovery.

“Much remains to be found out about COVID-19 infection and the heart. We think of the lungs being the primary target, there are frequent biomarker elevations noted in infected patients that are usually associated with severe heart injury. Moreover, a number of ravaging complications of COVID-19 are cardiac in nature and might result in lingering heart dysfunction beyond the course of the viral illness itself,” stated Mitchell S. V. Elkind, president of the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association highlighted findings on Friday showing the coronavirus might cause more heart damage than previously believed.

The AHA says that inflammation of the vascular system and injury to the heart happens in 20 to 30 percent of all hospitalized coronavirus patients. The heart damage results in the 40% of all coronavirus-related deaths, the American Heart Association said.