Long-term heart effects of COVID-19

Dr. Jen Ashton shares the latest findings on the connection between cardiac complications and the coronavirus.
2:07 | 07/31/20

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Some of the major developments we're tracking right now. More than 17.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world. 4.4 million in the U.S. That's more than any other country with 152,000 fatalities. With me is ABC chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton. Dr. Jen, there's a new study talking about long-term heart damage with covid-19. Often we think of lung damage. This focuses on heart damage. Tell us more about it. It's important to remember, as we cite those numbers there's people behind those cases. Dolkts and physicians are looking organ system by organ system. This latest study just published in Jama cardiology breaks down about longer complications on the heart. This study looked at 100 covid patients in Germany, not all of them had severe disease. They then did a cardiac mri. This mri showed evidence of ongoing inflammation in 60% of those patients and some type of cardiac involvement in 78% of patients. This is two to three months out which is what we're calling long term at this point. I'm shocked. I don't know as a physician if you are. As a layman, I am. What are the implications of the findings? First, we need to study this more. That's critically important. We don't know how long the effects will last. As I said, this study was three months maximum follow up. We don't know whether there should be long term follow up for anyone who has had any severity of covid-19 disease. It's important for people hearing this to be aware of cardiac symptoms. Don't think I had a respiratory infection, it couldn't be my heart. You never want to ignore something coming from your the research is intensely ongoing. Not just for cardio vascular involvement, but every organ system as we learn about the virus. Dr. Jen, thank you for the important information.

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