Connect with us


Covid-19 Doesn’t Just Damage Your Lungs, Might Cause Lasting Heart Problems, Says Cardiologist


650797 2
Source: The Star

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

Over the weekend, South Korea reported its first case of a heart disease that linked to the Covid-19 infection, suggesting that the dreaded virus could cause a wider spectrum of complications than just respiratory distress.


In fact, entry receptors are not just found in the lungs, but also in the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract and heart-which is why SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19 can cause inflammation in organs other than the lungs, said Dr. Kim Woo-joo of Korea University Hospital in Guro, reports the Star.

The case was a 21-year-old woman from Daegu, who had no preexisting medical conditions suffered from acute myocarditis (heart inflammation) due to Covid-19. Daegu is Korea’s worst infected city, Daegu, amounts for 64% of the nation’s total number of infections.

While the patient only showed the typical symptoms of cough, sore throat, fever and diarrhea initially, she started experiencing severe breathing difficulties and had to be taken to Keimyung University Dongsan Hospital just three days after being diagnosed with the virus. The MRI, X-ray and CT images revealed a worrying development: signs of infections were apparent in the lungs, as well as the heart, said Dr.Kim In-cheol, the cardiologist who treated her.

602A9359493248638608C4C7382Eca0A 18

“Her chest scans revealed an enlarged heart and patterns of viral pneumonia, such as ground-glass opacities, ” said the cardiologist. Her heart’s ability to pump blood had already been compromised and she had to spend an entire month in hospitalisation, a quarter of that time was spent in the ICU.

Although she has since recovered, the extent of cardiac damage from the virus may prove lasting, said the cardiologist. And sadly, this young girl is just one of the many who have demonstrated similar signs of heart damage. According to Dr.Kim In-cheol, close to half of the severely infected patients treated at his hospital exhibited symptoms of heart issues from the virus. The fatality rate for these patients were also reportedly higher.

Heart damage in patients were detected using highly sensitive methods such as scanning levels of a protein known as, troponin, in the blood-a biomaker of myocardial injury. “People with heart conditions are at increased risk of a severe Covid-19 infection,” said Dr.Kim In-cheol.


“In the worst of cases, a patient dies from multi-organ system failure after developing not just pneumonia but heart, kidney, gastrointestinal problems, ” said infectious disease specialist, Dr.Kim Woo-joo. Nonetheless, Covod-19 symptoms are largely present within the respiratory system and it remains unclear whether the virus is more deadly towards the heart.

The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it’s possible that some data have changed since publication. While WORLD OF BUZZ is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations through other sources.

Hopefully a vaccine for this virus is developed soon. Stay safe, guys! 


Also read: China’s Covid-19 Post-Mortem Reports Show That Virus Can Stay In Lungs Despite Death

China's Covid-19 Post-Mortem Reports Show That Virus Can Stay In Lungs Despite Death - World Of Buzz

Source: The Star
Source: Al Jazeera
Source: The Star

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

Just In

My Post 1 2023 06 01T120224.766 My Post 1 2023 06 01T120224.766
News8 hours ago

Nepali Guide Rescues M’sian Climber from Mt Everest ‘Death Zone’ in Rare High Altitude Operation

A Malaysian climber has been rescued by a Nepali sherpa guide after he was found clinging to a rope and...

My Post 1 2023 06 01T101525.092 My Post 1 2023 06 01T101525.092
News11 hours ago

The Ultra Rich Population in M’sia Increased by 9.4% in 2022, Despite Global Decline of 3.8%!

Wealth is a sticky subject in Malaysia, especially considering the huge disparity between the privileged and the underprivileged. And while...

My Post 1 2023 05 31T174621.764 My Post 1 2023 05 31T174621.764
News1 day ago

M’sian Ex-Beauty Queen Sexually Harassed by Over 200 Foreigners After an Acquaintance Leaked Her Info

An ex-beauty queen is facing immense sexual harassment from more than 200 foreign men after her contact information had been...

Feat Image Murder Pd Feat Image Murder Pd
News1 day ago

PDRM Arrests Man in Port Dickson Suspected of Murdering Elderly 67yo Woman Over Unrequited Love

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) arrested a Malaysian man suspected of killing an elderly woman in Port Dickson earlier this...

My Post 1 2023 05 31T111851.166 My Post 1 2023 05 31T111851.166
News1 day ago

Drop in Ringgit Seen as a Blessing to JB Traders as S’poreans are Spending More

Compared to the Singapore Dollar (SGD), the Malaysian Ringgit (RM) is currently at its lowest value in history, at RM3.4047....

My Post 1 2023 05 31T095228.863 My Post 1 2023 05 31T095228.863
News1 day ago

11yo Perak Girl Hospitalised After Accidentally Eating Father’s Cannabis Cookies

An 11-year-old girl was rushed to a health clinic in Lawin, Perak, after accidentally eating cannabis-infused chocolate cookies made by...

My Post 1 2023 05 30T165934.053 My Post 1 2023 05 30T165934.053
News1 day ago

PIA Aircraft Allegedly Seized at KLIA Over Unpaid Lease Dues of RM18.4M to M’sian Company

It has been reported by international media sources that a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 777 aircraft was seized at...

My Post 1 2023 05 29T182022.094 My Post 1 2023 05 29T182022.094
News3 days ago

Politician Condemns Organiser for Allowing Women to Dance ‘Sexily’ at Melaka Food Festival

The Star Vendors Foodstival is coming under fire after a ‘sexy’ performance at their food festival event at the Melaka...


Latest Videos