Heart Problems Unlikely After Mild COVID-19

By Reuters Staff

July 15, 2021

(Reuters) - Survivors of mild cases of COVID-19 do not need to be screened later for heart problems, researchers advise.

They performed cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging on 74 healthcare workers who had recovered six months earlier from mild or asymptomatic coronavirus infections, and on 75 uninfected individuals matched for age, sex, and ethnicity.

According to a report published on Tuesday in European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Imaging, there were no differences between the survivor group and the control group in any parameters of heart structure or function or in biomarkers of heart disease.

The researchers, led by George Joy of Barts Heart Center in London, conclude, "Our study provides societal reassurance for the cardiovascular health of working-aged individuals with convalescence from mild SARS-CoV-2. Screening asymptomatic individuals following mild diseases is not indicated."

SOURCE: https://bit.ly/2U9Brqx European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Imaging, online July 13, 2021.