More research is needed to understand why, but many COVID-19 patients are developing heart complications and injuries like heart attacks, heart muscle inflammation and heart arrhythmias.
WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic grows, it is increasingly clear the infection is more than a lung disease. Many patients are developing heart complications, though the reasons are not fully understood.
People with heart disease or a history of stroke are at increased risk of the coronavirus infection, and of suffering more severe symptoms, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
But those severe infections are not only damaging people's lungs. Doctors are also seeing injuries to the heart -- from heart attack, to inflammation of the heart muscle, to potentially fatal heart arrhythmias.