By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 (HealthDay Information) — Heart injury was discovered in additional than half of a gaggle of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers after they have been discharged, in line with a brand new British examine.

The examine included 148 sufferers who have been handled for extreme COVID-19 at six hospitals in London. The sufferers all had raised ranges of a protein known as troponin, which is launched into the blood when the center muscle is injured.

Many hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers have elevated troponin ranges after they’re critically sick and the physique mounts an exaggerated immune response to the an infection, the researchers famous.

MRI scans of the sufferers’ hearts have been performed not less than one month after discharge. The scans confirmed that 54% had injury to their hearts.

Injury included inflammation of the center muscle, scarring or loss of life of coronary heart tissue, and restricted blood provide to the center. Some sufferers had mixtures of all three varieties of injury, the findings confirmed.

The report was printed Feb. 18 within the European Coronary heart Journal.

“Raised troponin ranges are related to worse outcomes in COVID-19 sufferers. Sufferers with extreme COVID-19 illness typically have pre-existing heart-related well being issues together with diabetes, raised blood pressure and weight problems,” mentioned examine co-author Marianna Fontana. She is a professor of cardiology at College Faculty London.

“Throughout extreme COVID-19 an infection, nevertheless, the center might also be instantly affected. Unpicking how the center can grow to be broken is troublesome, however MRI scans of the center can establish totally different patterns of harm, which can allow us to make extra correct diagnoses and to focus on therapies extra successfully,” Fontana mentioned in a journal information launch.

About one-third of the sufferers had been on a ventilator within the intensive care unit.

A number of the coronary heart injury within the sufferers might have been current earlier than they contracted COVID-19. However the MRI scans confirmed some was new and certain brought on by COVID-19, in line with Fontana.

“Importantly, the sample of harm to the center was variable, suggesting that the center is liable to several types of harm. Whereas we detected solely a small quantity of ongoing harm, we noticed harm to the center that was current even when the center’s pumping operate was not impaired and won’t have been picked up by different methods,” Fontana mentioned.


In probably the most extreme circumstances, she added, considerations exist that this harm might enhance the dangers of coronary heart failure sooner or later, however extra investigation is required.

Fontana mentioned that the examine findings provide two alternatives. One is to search out methods of stopping the harm within the first place. “From among the patterns we’ve got seen, blood clotting could also be taking part in a job, for which we’ve got potential therapies,” she famous.

“Secondly, detecting the results of harm throughout convalescence might establish topics who would profit from particular supporting drug therapies to guard coronary heart operate over time,” Fontana mentioned.

Extra data

The American Coronary heart Affiliation has extra on COVID-19.

SOURCE: European Coronary heart Journal, information launch, Feb. 18, 2021

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