Ever since the pandemic started, cases of heart diseases have gone up and it is shocking to note that most of the deaths related to heart issues are occurring in young people.
While it is difficult to ascertain whether the incidence of heart complications is independent of COVID or is dependent on it, the effect of the virus on heart health can not be ruled out.
Heart cells have angiotensin-converting enzyme receptors which facilitates the entry of the virus. This makes the heart a perfect breeding ground for the virus and impairs its functioning. As per a Nature report, “people who had recovered from COVID-19 showed stark increases in 20 cardiovascular problems over the year after infection.”
A study says, the risk of heart failure increased by 72%, or around 12 more people in the COVID-19 group per 1,000 studied.
Chest pain, shortness of breath and palpitations are commonly seen in people after a COVID infection.