Be Still, My Beating Heart: COVID Heart Inflammation Not That Common After All

Early reports on the effects of COVID-19 found that between 14% and 60% of people who recovered from the virus suffered long-lasting myocarditis (heart muscle inflammation). A recent study found that those rates could be wrong—myocarditis might actually be fairly rare, happening in only 1.4% of cases in athletes and 7.2% of cases in older, sicker people. Study results were published in the journal Cardiovascular Pathology.

Said coauthor Dr. Marc Halushka, a professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland:

“What we have learned is that myocarditis is not nearly as frequent in COVID-19 as has been thought. This finding should be useful for our clinical colleagues to reconsider how to interpret blood tests and heart radiology studies.”

The researchers studied autopsies from 9 countries of 277 people who died of COVID-19. Their report included a checklist for use in autopsies so that results found in COVID-19 patients could be recorded consistently.

According to Dr. Richard Vander Heide, professor of medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, even a myocarditis rate as low as 1.4% in means that myocarditis could affect hundreds of thousands of COVID sufferers worldwide, because so many people are getting the virus.

Disclaimer: This article does not provide medical advice. Do not take action based solely on this article and always consult with an appropriate healthcare professional. This article is purely for informational purposes.

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