Potential Effects of Coronaviruses on the Cardiovascular System A Review

This review highlights that coronavirus disease 2019 is associated with a high inflammatory burden that can induce vascular inflammation, myocarditis, and cardiac arrhythmias, and that CV risk factors should be judiciously controlled per evidence-based guidelines.

SPS commentary:

The review details two studies.  One Chinese retrospective case series found that myocardial injury is significantly associated with fatal outcome of COVID-19, while the prognosis of patients with underlying CVD but without myocardial injury is relatively favourable. Another case report details a scenario of cardiac involvement as a complication associated with COVID-19, even without symptoms and signs of interstitial pneumonia.

A related editorial discusses these studies also.  It states that whether the data linking myocardial injury and high mortality risk in patients with COVID-19 from the Chinese cohort is generalisable to other countries is yet to be determined.


JAMA Cardiology

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