After novelist Julie Powell, 49, passed away from a cardiac arrest brought on by a Covid infection, health professionals on the internet are issuing warnings about the connection between “cardiovascular events” and Covid. We have a pandemic of vascular inflammation and irregular clotting, a doctor tweeted. The cautions follow new research that shows those with Covid are more susceptible to developing health issues after contracting the illness.
A study published in the BMJ’s journal Heart found that the risk of “most” cardiovascular events is “highest in the early post-infection period”.
The authors of the study looked at thousands of health records from March 2020 to March 2021 to spot the association.
Cardiovascular events refer to the onset of severe health problems that are connected to damage to your heart and blood vessels.
The study didn’t attempt to explain why cardiovascular events were more common for Covid sufferers.
But medical professionals have found that the virus can reduce the amount of oxygen that gets into your blood.
John Hopkins Medicine explains: “As the virus causes inflammation and fluid to fill up the air sacs in the lungs, less oxygen can reach the bloodstream.
“The heart has to work harder to pump blood through the body, which can be dangerous in people with preexisting heart disease.”
As the doctor on Twitter suggested, there are also studies showing that COVID-19 can directly cause severe inflammation of the heart (myocarditis) and blood vessels (vasculitis).