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Despite the fact that many people think that the corona is behind us, more and more research shows that the side effects of this disease are still with us. One of them is especially deadly and can lead to early death.
A new study published in the journal Heart has confirmed that the highest risk of heart disease and death occurs in the first 30 days after exposure to the virus. Experts have found that anyone infected with the virus – even those with milder symptoms – has an increased risk of heart problems and even death.
According to a study, the risk of developing a venous thromboembolism (VTE) in those hospitalized with coronavirus is 27 times higher than those who have never been infected with the coronavirus. Those who did not require hospital treatment are still three times more likely to develop VTE than those who have never had the virus.
A venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot that forms in a central vein, often in the legs. A blood clot may form slowly or appear suddenly, especially after prolonged immobility, such as during a long-haul flight. About one in three people who have had a VTE develop a pulmonary embolism, when a blood clot breaks off and enters the lungs with blood.
In addition, the study found that people hospitalized with corona were 21 times more likely to be diagnosed with heart failure and 17 times more likely to have a stroke, researchers from Queen Mary University of London reported. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm), pericarditis and heart attack.
Early death was also more common in those who were infected with corona. People hospitalized with the virus were 118 times more likely to die than those who did not require hospital treatment. While those who did not require hospital treatment were ten times more likely to die than those who never contracted the virus. The highest risk of cardiovascular disease and death, as already mentioned, occurs in the first 30 days after infection, but remains high for some time after that, according to the data obtained.
The study used data from more than 50 000 people from the UK Biobank, 17,871 of whom have been diagnosed with corona. The researchers followed the people until they developed cardiovascular problems or died.
“The long-term effects of corona exposure are becoming a major public health concern,” the researchers said. “Our results highlight an increased cardiovascular risk in people who have been infected with corona in the past, which is expected to be higher in countries with limited access to vaccination and therefore more vulnerable populations,” they added.
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