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New study shows COVID-19 could have lasting impacts on heart health

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Two studies published this week show heart damage in patients after they've recovered from the coronavirus. It provides new evidence about the lasting impacts of COVID-19.

The studies from JAMA Cardiology claim 78 of 100 patients identified from a testing site in Germany revealed cardiac involvement after recovering from the virus. Sixty of the same patients showed heart inflammation.

Dr. Michael Kim with Colorado Springs Cardiology reviewed a recently published autopsy study. While it could indicate troubling trends about the long-term effects of COVID-19, Kim says more research is needed.

“They were all patients that succumbed to complications from COVID-19," he said. "But what it did show, is that there was some heart muscle damage or heart muscle inflammation that could be associated with the virus.”

Dr. Kim tells KRDO his office is also seeing an increase in patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy, better known as broken heart syndrome. A national study claims cases of broken heart syndrome doubled compared to pre-pandemic.

“We’ve actually seen that here at our hospital as well, where patients are coming in with acute heart attack symptoms, and their heart arteries are all normal," Kim said. "But it’s a stress-induced phenomenon probably related to COVID, or the things surrounding COVID.”

It makes sense to Katie Clarke.

“As a school counselor, I’m not surprised by it," Clarke said. "I know a lot of single people are feeling really lonely right now.”

Those feelings could be exaggerated in parts of the country hit hardest by the virus.

“Especially in more strict areas, where quarantine is more mandated, people can be pretty lonely," Faith Janssen, who was visiting Colorado Springs from Kansas, said. "When you’re isolated, you can go a little crazy almost.”

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  1. “New study shows COVID-19 could have lasting impacts on heart health”
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    Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy is a well known condition from which people usually recover. But it typically takes some time (weeks or months) and requires careful monitoring, most often with prescribed medications. Those who recover generally have no long-term deficits.

    1. If it hadn’t come from China, it probably would have come from somewhere else. You and Trump still believe that everything is a conspiracy, rather than actually listening to investigative results and accepting the most likely reasons…

    1. Good point. KRDO could get good reporters….. coronavirus could mutate and kill us all…… or we could accept it is not going away, is not killing healthy people and we could all go back to our normal lives!!!!

        1. You are always trying to correct everyone else. It is “your” not “you’re”.

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