February is American Heart Month—which has become more pressing than ever during the pandemic. According to the American Heart Association, “A growing number of studies suggest many COVID-19 survivors experience some type of heart damage, even if they didn’t have underlying heart disease and weren’t sick enough to be hospitalized…Nearly one-fourth of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have been diagnosed with cardiovascular complications, which have been shown to contribute to roughly 40% of all COVID-19-related deaths…This latest twist has health care experts worried about a potential increase in heart failure.” Sermo physicians could not agree more.
In a recent poll of about 450 global physicians, 93% said they fear the Covid pandemic could lead to an increase in cases of heart failure; and 94% are concerned that people who have had Covid don’t understand they may be at an increased risk of heart issues. In addition, 48% of doctors have personally witnessed long-term effects on heart health in Covid patients. And 90% believe that screenings to detect cardiovascular damage should become a routine part of follow-up care for all COVID-19 patients.
Here is more of what Sermo physicians have to say on this topic:
I have seen the appearance of post-COVID atrial fibrillation in patients without previous heart disease.General Practice (GP)
Saw a 48 healthy female who was ∼ 2 months post COVID without XX. Suddenly developed pics and atypical chest pain. Found to have post COVID pericarditis.Anesthesiology
I have done echocardiograms post infection. I don’t think insurances will pay for cardiac MRIs as it can be difficult getting an MRI.
Would stress test be of help?Internal Medicine
I”ve seen many cardiovascular complications post-COVID– persistent sinus tachycardia, persistent chest pain of unknown etiology, and pericarditis/myocarditis–most often after mild/moderate initial infection without hospitalization. This is an area that needs continued research.Family Medicine / Practice (FP)