Most people are of the notion that after being completely cured of the COVID-19 virus, there is nothing to worry about. However, studies show that recovery from COVID-19 isn't the end, rather icing on the cake.
It says that months after being recovered from COVID-19, there are higher risks of strokes, cardiovascular problems and even heart attack.
Also, in the United States, the leading cause of death is due to heart disease. Statistics show that apart from the 237 million people worldwide who have recovered from COVID-19, 44 million of them are Americans.
The risk of heart disease is not only higher among people who survived a severe form of COVID-19, but also among those people who weren't even hospitalized but survived a mild form of COVID-19.
It is estimated that 99% of people who had suffered from COVID-19 have a higher chance of suffering from heart diseases and other heart-related issues than those people who did not contract the COVID-19 virus.
Also, people who had survived the COVID-19 virus are prone to cardiovascular issues and the risk is higher even if they are completely recovered months later than those people who have not suffered from COVID-19. Research also shows a 48% higher risk of stroke followed by a higher risk of 79% atrial fibrillation (Afib).
This also includes a higher risk of suffering from heart failure by 73% and another higher risk of dying from a heart attack by another 61%. It is seen as a higher risk among those people who had suffered from a more severe form of COVID-19.
Researchers also wrote, "Social, economic and other stressors experienced by people with COVID-19 may also shape their cardiovascular outcomes".However, the risk of heart-related problems is even higher in people that were considered as outpatients. Cardiovascular conditions were 6-fold higher with those patients who had suffered from COVID-19 and were admitted to the ICU than those people who never had any condition of COVID-19.
Those patients who weren't admitted to the ICU had a risk of just 3-fold, 3 times lower than those who had been admitted to the ICU. And those people who weren't hospitalized had a risk of just 1.4 fold much lower than those two categories of patients.
The risk of heart-related problems is a major medical condition although higher cardiovascular complications cannot be directly linked to COVID-19 said, researchers. Although other researchers have suggested that COVID-19 and heart problems have a similar link.
Zoe Hyde, PhD, an epidemiologist at The University of Western Australia tweeted that, 'it's from a reputable team who previously published similar research showing that COVID-19 leaves people with wide-ranging chronic health problems and does this to a greater degree and more often than seasonal influenza".
Albeit it is unknown as to why people who have suffered and recovered from COVID-19 have a risk higher than those who weren't infected, to suffer from heart diseases and other heart-related issues.
Scientists however are trying to find the answers to these higher-risk heart issues since even months after they are cured of COVID-19, they are bound to suffer from heart disease. Researchers believe that the cause may be due to the COVID-19 virus infecting the heart's cells or excessive immune response which can lead to additional body damage.
Indirect factors such as job loss, followed by changes in eating and sleeping habits, changes in physical activity because of the Pandemic or the loss of a loved one can also be another reason for the cause of heart-related disease.
Researchers also wrote, "Social, economic and other stressors experienced by people with COVID-19 may also shape their cardiovascular outcomes".