Coronavirus & the heart

There’s lots of information out there, and lots more uncertainty.

The good news is that most people experience mild symptoms if any and recover. But the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions, particularly heart conditions, are at higher risk of adverse outcomes.

The American College of Cardiology has just released a bulletin on the cardiac effects of coronavirus.

In a study of 138 patients hospitalised due to coronavirus, 17% experienced rhythm problems, and 7% experienced injury to the heart muscle.

Anecdotal reports include patients experiencing acute onset heart failure, heart attack (myocardial infarction) and inflammation of the heart (myocarditis)

We need to be aware of these and open to other rare issues that may arise with this new disease.

Stay well everyone, and wash your hands!

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