75% of COVID patients now have damaged hearts

From: Razz (RAZZMAN)11 Aug 2020 12:37
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 1 of 12
This is alarming news! Studies have shown that 75% of recovered COVID patients now have damaged hearts. You said that you think you may have had COVID early on in late winter. If so, you may want to get checked out to see if you are OK.


Three-Quarters of Recovered Coronavirus Patients Have Heart Damage Months Later, Study Finds

Of the 100 patients studied, 78 had lingering heart damage despite being “mostly healthy … prior to their illness”

By Julie Mazziotta July 28, 2020 04:37 PM

Well over half a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, experts are learning more about the virus that was initially believed to be only a respiratory illness. Over time, it’s become clear that COVID-19 attacks far more than just the lungs, and new research indicates that it can leave lasting heart damage, even in formerly healthy people who have recovered from the initial symptoms.

Two new studies, both from Germany, examined the effects of COVID-19 on the heart, with one focusing on recovered patients and the other on older victims of the virus.

The first study, published Monday in JAMA Cardiology, found that three-quarters of recovered COVID-19 patients were left with structural changes to their hearts, even two months later.

The researchers examined cardiac MRIs from 100 recovered COVID-19 patients between the ages of 45 to 53, and compared them to MRIs of similar people who did not contract the virus. Most of the COVID-19 patients had recovered at home, while 33 had to be hospitalized at some point in their illness.

Of the 100 COVID-19 patients, 78 had structural changes to their hearts. Within that group, 76 had a biomarker that is typically found in patients who had a heart attack, and 60 had heart inflammation, called myocarditis. The patients were all “mostly healthy … prior to their illness,” the researchers said.

"The patients and ourselves were both surprised by the intensity and prevalence of these findings, and that they were still very pronounced even though the original illness had been by then already a few weeks away," study co-author Dr. Valentina Puntmann, a consultant physician, cardiologist and clinical pharmacologist at University Hospital Frankfurt in Germany, told UPI.

The second study, also published in JAMA Cardiology, looked at autopsy reports from 39 COVID-19 victims between 78 and 89 years old who died at the start of the pandemic. The researchers found that the virus had infected the heart in 41 percent of the patients.

“We see signs of viral replication in those that are heavily infected,” study co-author Dirk Westermann, a cardiologist at the University Heart and Vascular Centre in Hamburg, told Stat. “We don’t know the long-term consequences of the changes in gene expression yet. I know from other diseases that it’s obviously not good to have that increased level of inflammation.”

On Sunday, Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez confirmed that he won’t yet start the new MLB season because he is dealing with myocarditis, the heart inflammation found in the first study, in the months after he contracted COVID-19. Rodriguez is currently waiting on further MRI results to see if he can play.

“It’s been hard, weird. First, I got the COVID, feel all the symptoms and everything, at some point thinking that’s how bad it was the first four days. And then get here, and now that I have this, I was hoping that I get ready and go for the season as quick as I can,” Rodriguez told WEEI. “Now I’ve got to get a week off, wait for the results of the next MRI. I would say it’s been weird, really weird for me."


EDITED: 11 Aug 2020 12:40 by RAZZMAN
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)11 Aug 2020 16:21
To: ALL2 of 12
I hadn't heard of these heart problems until yesterday. Now I find many disturbing articles about heart structure damage as a result o f having COVID.


HEART OF IT Coronavirus could cause ‘SAME damage as a heart attack in 75% of patients’

    Gemma Mullin, Digital Health Reporter

    Jul 28 2020, 4:40 ETUpdated: Jul 28 2020, 6:17 ET

CORONAVIRUS could cause the same damage as a heart attack in 75 per cent of patients, experts claim.

Doctors battling the Covid-19 pandemic have previously warned that the respiratory infection is a "multi-organ killer".

Now, two new studies have revealed the extent of the damage the virus can have on the heart.

Research from Germany found that 78 per cent of patients who have recovered from Covid were left with structural changes to the vital organ.

While, 76 out of the 100 survivors studied showed similar signs of damage that a heart attack can have.

Meanwhile, a separate study - also carried out in Germany - found that high levels of the virus in the hearts of more than half of patients who died from Covid.

Long-lasting damage

Experts say it's not yet clear how long the damage might last or whether it could increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiac issues.

However, it could explain why some survivors have been left weak and fatigued long after recovering from the virus itself.

The researchers have also said their findings should be used to help doctors monitor the long-term cardiac health of recovered Covid patients.

Led by a team from the University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany, the first study published in the journal JAMA looked at MRI scans of 100 people who had tested positive for coronavirus between April and June.

The control group of 50, who were around the same age, gender and race, were considered to have normal heart health and weren't on cardiac medication prior to catching the virus.

The other group of 57 patients had heart problem risk factors, such as diabetes, smoking or had other underlying health conditions.

Analysis of the MRIs showed that 78 out of 100 people had signs of heart damage.

While 76 per cent had high levels of the protein troponin - which is released into the bloodstream during a heart attack.

Doctors will test for troponin when they suspect that someone has suffered a heart attack and so they can diagnose it.

The scans, which were carried out on average 71 days after the patient was diagnosed, also showed that 60 people had signs of heart inflammation.

In the second study, scientists from the University of Heart and Vascular Centre in Hamburg, Germany, look at the heart tissue of 39 people who died from Covid.

The cause of death for 35 of those patients was listed as pneumonia.

Most had clear signs the virus had made its way to their heart, but there wasn't quite enough damage to be considered acute myocarditis - a severe viral infection of the heart, researchers said.

They found that 16 had high concentration levels of SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes Covid-19 - in their hearts.

But the scientists also discovered that the virus was actively replicating itself inside the tissue until the patient died.

The studies are not the first to pick up on the worrying damage coronavirus is having on people's hearts.

Another major study published earlier this month found that more than half of those in hospital with Covid suffered heart damage.

Research from 69 countries showed that 55 per cent of 1,261 Covid-19 patients had abnormal changes to the way the heart was pumping.

The study, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), also found that around one in seven had evidence of severe dysfunction.

Yet the majority - 901 patients - had never been diagnosed with heart problems before.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)11 Aug 2020 17:54
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 3 of 12
As a Sox fan I heard about this. These types of viruses can cause an inflammation of the heart. This is the first I have heard it apparently is so widespread.

Suspect it is total bs as usual.
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)12 Aug 2020 11:05
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 4 of 12
Well, if I had COVID and had recovered, I would contact my doctor to see if they could do a scan to see if my heart was affected.

It may be total BS, but I wouldn't take a chance.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)12 Aug 2020 14:06
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 5 of 12
I have my physical next month. Firstly, I should see if I really had it. Lol
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)13 Aug 2020 09:44
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 6 of 12
Yea, who knows? There still is some uncertainty about the anti-body test and if it can really tell who had the virus. Also, the tests for the virus itself has been questioned for it's unreliability.

Lastly, those tests in Germany only had something like 100 people tested for heart damage. You need a gobal testing to see if this is actually right.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)13 Aug 2020 20:23
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 7 of 12
Ya. The 100 Germans were probably over 90. Lol
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)14 Aug 2020 15:03
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 8 of 12
Or they were Nazis in WWII. Heck, there's reports that Hitler is still alive somewhere in South America, 131 years young.
From: Carl (SPARTACUS)14 Aug 2020 16:11
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 9 of 12
I saw somewhere the Russians had pieces of Hitler’s jaw. DNA proved it was him. But, who knows.
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)16 Aug 2020 11:37
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 10 of 12
Did you watch Hunting Hitler? He may have gone to South America to live out the rest of his days and maybe attempting to build a Fourth Reich there.

From: Carl (SPARTACUS)16 Aug 2020 14:49
To: Razz (RAZZMAN) 11 of 12
I think the 4th Reich are the Democrats. Lol
From: Razz (RAZZMAN)17 Aug 2020 09:15
To: Carl (SPARTACUS) 12 of 12
I think the Dems are actually a branch of the Chinese Communist Party. I know that the Chinese are supplying assault weapons to BLM and Antifa to help overthrow our government.

Meanwhile,Thursday afternoonI was in the family room when I heard this loud crash. I thought that the umbrella from the picnic table had flipped over. It was much worse than that! The pool wall collapsed near my patio and flooded the back yard and some came into the house. It knocked over this cabinet and threw my planters all over the yard. I had noticed a small crack on the bottom of the pool and it was showing the blue liner behind. That small 1" crack must have expanded and burst the dam that afternoon!

Now I'm trying to dismantle the pool. The screws were really in tight and I had to use WD40 to help loosen them. I'm going to rent this electric metal cutter to cut up the wall panel. This project will take the rest of the summer, when you consider I have to get a load of dirt to fill the hole and plant grass seed or sod.