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Even A Mild COVID-19 Infection Can Be Harmful To Heart Health Over Time

Jun, 2023

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A new study found that even mild cases of COVID-19 can have long-term effects on the health of the heart and blood vessels.

According to new study, even mild COVID-19 infections can hurt the health of your heart. This is the first study to look at the stiffness of the arteries before and after COVID-19 infection, which changes how well the arteries work and how people age. COVID-19 illness that lasts for a long time can lead to heart disease, dementia, and even death. A group of scientists from around the world took measurements of the stiffness of the arteries before the outbreak. After 2–3 months, COVID-19 caused mild damage to the heart and arteries. Heart disease may be caused by atherosclerosis.

COVID and aging damage arteries, according to Clinical Medicine. Dr. Maria Perissiou, co-author from Portsmouth's School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science, said, "We were surprised to observe such a decline in vascular health, which worsened over time following COVID-19 infection." Infection should clear, restoring physiological function.COVID-19 may activate the vascular-destroying auto-immune system if unstudied. Long-term effects of COVID-19 on heart failure and vascular dysfunction are unknown.

The University Of Split School Of Medicine Laboratory for Vascular Aging followed participants from October 2019 to April 2022. Most were healthy. None had excessive cholesterol, and 9% had hypertension. Two were diabetic, and 78% did not smoke. 56% men, 44% women.Given the amount of persons infected worldwide, the study's lead author, Professor Ana Jeroncic of the University of Split, warns that COVID-19 infection can affect cardiovascular health in young people with a moderate form of the disease.

This unfavorable effect's reversibility and duration are questions. “While this study is small, it does corroborate the prediction of vascular physiologists that COVID-19 infections will increase cardiovascular disease in the future," Dr. Perissiou said. "Other factors may have caused this increase." The findings may prevent and treat COVID-19-related vascular disease. To determine causes and factors, more research is needed.

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