Research is finding that people who had COVID-19 have an increased risk of heart disease one year after infection.
The heart risks spare practically no one who has been infected.
So anyone who had COVID is at risk?
The additional risk of heart disease one year after infection is clear in high risk people.
However, this poses a risk to people who had no prior cardiovascular risks. Rates were increased in young adults, people who have never smoked, and patients of all races and genders. Click here for more details.
What does this mean?
Experts are particularly concerned about how this will impact the healthcare system.
Cardiologist C. Michael Gibson, MD, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School commented. He said, “given the number of patients in the U.S. who have been infected with COVID, this could represent a significant chronic burden on the health care system, particularly as health care professionals leave the profession.”
The study found that the risk of a “major heart event” was 4% higher in people who had COVID-19.
A major heart event includes: heart attack, stroke, and all-cause mortality.
4% doesn’t seem like a large number, but it is actually quite big when you think about how many people have had COVID-19.
Experts think that the next generation will need recognition on the federal level to deal with the scar of COVID.
Al-Aly, who directs the Clinical Epidemiology Center at the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System compares it to an earthquake.
He says, “we need a greater and broader recognition at the federal level to try and recognize that when you have an earthquake, you don’t just deal with the earthquake when the earth is shaking, but you also need to deal with the aftermath.”
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