New researches from Germany claim that the virus can trigger long-lasting heart damage. This is not limited to patients with co-morbidities; even healthy people can develop long-lasting damage after recovering from the virus.
The studies found that three-quarters of recovered patients experienced structural changes in their hearts, even two months after recovering from the virus. There are changes in the basic structure of the heart. Predominant is heart inﬂammation, which is called myocarditis. Even weeks after recovering, the effects on the heart remained pronounced, opening doors of potential long-term effects that we may still not be aware of. Lead researchers Clyde W. Yancy, MD and Gregg C. Fonarow, MD said that as the infection rates peak and get worse, the symptoms and side-effects are only getting worse. Another study done out of a UK-based institution found out of a similar pattern in patients who were infected with the virus.
A lot still remains unknown regarding the long-term repercussions of the SARS-COV-2 virus. Coronavirus can impact the heart health in more ways than one. Acute inﬂammation could obstruct arteries, and cause blood clots, which contribute to reduced heart function. Some of the most common and primary symptoms of any coronary artery disease are chest pain, weakness, fatigue, excess sweating, shortness of breath. A more severe condition could also manifest as a stroke, arrhythmias or cardiac failure.