The first 30 days after contracting COVID-19 pose the “highest risk” of death from “cardiovascular events,” including blood clots, heart attack and stroke.
Internet health experts have warned of a link between ‘cardiovascular events’ and ‘Covid’ following the death of 49-year-old writer Julie Powell from cardiac arrest after contracting the ‘Covid’ virus.
“We have a vasculitis pandemic and abnormal coagulation,” one doctor tweeted. The warnings come as a new study confirms that people with Covid are more likely to experience health problems after being sick.
A study published in the BMJ Heart Journal found that the risk of “most” cardiovascular events “is higher in the early post-traumatic period.”
The study authors looked at thousands of medical records from March 2020 to March 2021 to determine the link.
Cardiovascular events indicate the emergence of serious health problems associated with damage to the heart and blood vessels.
The study did not attempt to explain why cardiovascular disease is more common in Covid patients, but health professionals have found that the virus can reduce the amount of oxygen entering the blood.
John Hopkins Medicine explains: “Because the virus causes inflammation and fluid fills the air sacs in the lungs, oxygen can enter the bloodstream. The heart has to work harder to pump blood around the body, which can be dangerous for people with pre-existing heart disease.”
There are also studies showing that Covid-19 can cause severe inflammation of the heart (myocarditis) and blood vessels (vasculitis).
The study, which included 17,871 participants from the UK Biobank database, found that “non-hospitalized” Covid patients were twice as likely to develop a venous thromboembolism and more than 10 times as likely to die.
A venous thromboembolism (VTE) is defined as a blood clot that starts in a vein.
Although VTE is treatable, leaving it undetected can lead to disability and death.
According to the American Heart Association, VTE can cause the following symptoms:
Swelling of one or both legs.
The skin is warm to the touch.
The study also found that people who were hospitalized with Covid as their “underlying” problem were more likely to have “all outcomes,” including stroke, heart attack, and atrial fibrillation.
These people are 27.6 times more likely to develop venous thromboembolism, 21 times more likely to have heart failure, and 17.5 times more likely to have a stroke.
However, if you develop warning symptoms such as chest pain – a common sign of a heart attack – this does not necessarily mean that you have “cardiovascular disease”.
At the end of their study, the researchers concluded: “This risk is almost entirely limited to those with an illness requiring hospitalization and is higher early (first 30 days) after the infection period.”
According to health experts, COVID-19 can also mimic the symptoms of a heart attack without causing serious problems.
John Hopkins Medicine explained: “People with Covid may have symptoms similar to those of a heart attack, including chest pain, shortness of breath, and changes on an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). These patients do not show any signs of significant blockage of blood vessels in the heart, which may indicate heart attack”.
People with long-term COVID-19 may experience increased heart rate or changes in heart rate.
The British Heart Foundation says: “You can feel your heart rate go up and you can feel it in your chest, neck or throat. While this can be worrisome, it’s good to know that heart palpitations are very common (even in humans). who do not recover from Covid) are generally harmless.”
If you are concerned about heart palpitations or chest pain, or if they continue for a long time, seek medical attention.