Studies suggest COVID-19 causes potential injury to the heart

FILE PHOTO: A health worker wearing a protective gear swabs the mouth of a man outside a mobile logistics unit as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Rome, Italy, April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

According to two German studies new evidence suggests that the coronavirus has impacts on the heart and this has raised concerns  amongst cardiologists who have been concerned about potential heart injury from COVID-19 on long term.

The two studies have been published JAMA Cardiology journal.

Evidence shows that heart abnormalities in COVID-19 patients eventhough they had recovered from the disease.

The first study included 100 patients from the University of Hospital Frankfurt COVID-19 Registry. These 100 patients were healthy adults in their 40s and 50s. They involved taking cardiac magnetic resonance imaging two and a half months after the patients were diagnosed and compared them with images from people who never had COVID-19.

The studies found abnormalities in the heart in 78 patients. Sixty of those patients showed signs of inflammation in the heart muscle from the virus. The studies also say that the majority of patients did not have any symptoms and that the specific abnormalities were detected by the MRI.

It was also stated that the studies do not say or suggest that COVID-19 causes heart failure but it presents potential injury to the heart.