Covid-19 Survivors are at High Risk of Heart Disease, Exercise Can Be a Prevention Solution – People infected with Covid-19 are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease 30 days after contracting the virus, researchers show in a recent report in the journal Nature Medicine.

The report found that survivors were susceptible to developing 20 different heart and blood vessel diseases. Such as, heart failure, pericarditis, myocarditis, stroke, cerebrovascular disorders, and dysrhythmias.

Even individuals who were not hospitalized with infection were found to have developed more cardiovascular disease, than people who had never been infected.

“There are 20 heart disorders diagnosed for patients suffering from long Covid. The most common are shortness of breath and fatigue,” said Dr. Evelina Grayver, MD, quoted from Fox News.

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Illustration of Covid-19 (Pixabay)
Illustration of Covid-19 (Pixabay)

He added, arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythms are also significant and can be very disturbing for many patients.

Researchers analyzed the health records of more than 11 million US veterans and found veterans who tested positive for Covid-19 one year earlier had a significantly increased risk for 20 different heart and blood vessel conditions, compared to those who were not infected.

“With regards to long Covid and cardio symptoms, there are many things from significant shortness of breath to palpitations to an inability to complete exercise,” says Grayver.

Grayver said that many patients suffer from the cardiovascular effects of prolonged Covid-19 such as myocarditis and are afraid to exercise. But they also recognize that exercise can play an important role in recovery.

“People with a history of myocarditis and with a fear of exercise should take part in a cardiac rehabilitation program,” he says.

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Cardiologists say many centers have opened to allow people recovering from Covid-19 to exercise in a controlled environment.