The expert also talks about one of the most important and serious impacts of COVID which is related to heart health.
“Cardiovascular symptoms can present in different ways. They can present as shortness of breath, I’ve already described the shortness of breath, they can present as heart palpitations. Your heart is racing or what we call arrhythmias and other cardiac symptoms can present as myocardial infarctions,” says the WHO expert.
“Now, there has been a recent report that was looking at patients who had COVID-19, and it followed them up a year after. And this report was coming out of a cohort in the United States, and they found increased risk of cardiovascular complications in that cohort and those complications are described as having had stroke, acute myocardial infarction, which means heart attack or other causes of thrombosis or blood clots and including death. So they did report increased risk of death in that one year after the acute COVID-19,” she adds, emphasizing on how post COVID heart health should not be overlooked.