COVID-19 and Heart Damage

Angie SzumlinskiHealth, Studies

Cardiac injury is a common condition among patients hospitalized with COVID-19, and it is associated with a higher risk of in-hospital mortality. To explore the association between cardiac injury and mortality in patients with COVID-19 a study was conducted from January 20, 2020 to February 10, 2020 in Wuhan China. The study concluded that although the exact mechanism of cardiac injury needs to be further explored, the findings presented highlight the need to consider cardiac complications in COVID-19 management.

To identify that in 121 patients, hypertension occurred in 61 of 121 patients (50.4%) and 71.9% of these patients developed persistent tachycardia (which is also a symptom in the “long-haulers”.) Honestly, how many of us actually thought of anything outside of the typical COVID-19 symptoms? We are often successful in treating symptoms for common illnesses like flu, respiratory infections, and even COVID-19 but to think our residents and staff could have long-term cardiac complications is troubling. Be sure that your primary care physicians and physician extenders are taking the time to evaluate residents recovering from COVID-19 infection to be sure there are no cardiac symptoms. Stay the course, stay well, mask up, get vaccinated and stay the course!