Coronavirus May Cause Fatal Myocarditis in Patients

Recently, Eduardo Rodriguez, who is the Boston Red Sox pitcher has been advised to step down and cut back on training in order to get treatment for possibly fatal myocarditis or heart inflammation.

In accordance with the reports on Rodriguez’s health, the athlete had contracted and developed coronavirus infection during the early days of the current ongoing pandemic, which could be the reason why he is now having heart-related problems.

Usually, myocarditis is a heart infection that is diagnosed commonly in people who have certain viral infections. In most of the cases, the condition can be effectively controlled with appropriate medical attention and does not turn out to be fatal.

A person who develops the issue experiences irregular heart rhythms and can even cause further problems and make it difficult for the heart to function normally and pump the blood for its circulation throughout the body.

While in other infections the condition can be controlled, in the case of coronavirus, there may be certain differences as COVID-19 itself is not similar to other viral infections.

Previous research has shown that the coronavirus infection, in addition to its own complications and lung-related problems, can also damage other organs and organ systems in the body including the kidneys and the heart.

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The impact of the infection may remain and show even months after the person has recovered from it, which is what happened in the case of Rodriguez.

Several doctors have reported that the infection does not even need to be severe to cause heart issues in the future. Coronavirus patients who experienced mild or no symptoms have also been diagnosed with heart damage or even fatal myocarditis weeks after recovering from it.

According to the endocrinologist and medical director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Post-COVID Care in New York City, Dr. Zijian Chen, many patients are reporting health issues weeks to months after contracting and getting treatment for the infection.

The majority of such patients do not even come under the category of those groups which are more vulnerable to developing a severe form of COVID-19 such as those with underlying health conditions such as diabetes and obesity as well as older adults.

Chen explained that “We’re looking at younger people who were perfectly healthy prior to getting infected with coronavirus — no medical problems, not taking any medications,”

He further added, “And now, in spite of not being in the hospital for COVID-19, they’re having trouble resuming their everyday life.”

The recent case of Eduardo Rodriguez and the emergence of heart-related problems and fatal myocarditis in different age groups including younger people show that the coronavirus can cause severe health issues even in the healthiest of people.

According to reports from the World Health Organization, nearly eighty percent of the cases of the coronavirus infection is mild with little to no symptoms. Most of such cases do not require ER visits and hospitalization.

However, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s new survey showed that many of such people experience long-term health issues on their health regardless of whether they are young and healthy.

Therefore, every person despite their current health condition should take all necessary precautions for coronavirus as they may experience long-term health issues even without developing a severe infection.

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