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COVID-19 patients face risk of new heart failure

Doctors found patients with no history of heart failure who developed new cases during their hospitalization

Reuters , Tuesday 4 May 2021
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Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 may develop heart failure even if they do not have a previous history of heart disease or cardiovascular risk factors, although the risk is low, according to a study published  in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Among 6,439 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, doctors found 37 patients (0.6%) with no history of heart failure who developed new cases during their hospitalization - including eight in their 40s, on average, who had no previous cardiovascular disease or risk factors.

 It is not clear yet whether new-onset heart failure in these patients is an indirect effect of critical illness or a direct effect of the virus invading the heart, said study coauthor Dr. Anu Lala of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, in a statement.

"Importantly," she added, "though symptoms of heart failure - particularly shortness of breath - can mimic symptoms associated with COVID-19, being alerted to the findings of this study may prompt clinicians to monitor for signs of congestion more consistent with heart failure than COVID-19 alone." 

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