Fort Wayne doctor concerned about COVID-19 heart impacts

Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 10:08 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - It’s well-known that COVID-19 can lead to complications after contracting the virus.

Dr. Matthew Bilodeau, an interventional cardiologist at Lutheran Hospital, says more evidence points to COVID-19 being a vascular disease. That means heart issues can result from contracting the virus.

Bilodeau says people of all ages and health statuses can be susceptible to heart and vascular complications, but those with preexisting heart conditions, like coronary artery disease, lung disease, or diabetes, are at greater risk.

Those hospitalized can end up with heart complications during their infection---and down the road. Dr. Bilodeau says that around 30% of hospitalized patients end up with a heart complication, like myocarditis, which is an inflammation injury of the heart.

Like other COVID-19 complications, older age groups are more at risk. But that doesn’t mean younger people aren’t out of the woods. Its effects on the heart also distinguish it from the common cold. Bilodeau says heart complications are pretty minimal with the flu, distinguishing COVID-19 as a more serious illness.

Long term heart issues are yet another reason to keep up efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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