The effect COVID-19 has on our heart

Jess had never experienced any previous problems with her heart before COVID-19 and one local Cardiologist says she is not alone.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Morgan Jess, a Nebraskan, tested positive for COVID-19 back in November, but is now dealing with a heart defect nearly two months later.

“I have some heart defect due to COVID now, so I am on heart medicine and I go back in about a week or so and they might be putting me on a heart monitor,” Jess said.

Several weeks ago, Jess felt light headed and noticed her pulse and blood pressure were high, so she talked with her doctor and received the news.

“I was having like a 125 to 130 resting heart rate when I wasn’t doing anything which normally a resting heart rate is like high 80’s low 90’s. I also noticed at night, when laying down it was a lot worse,” Jess said. “That’s when I got put on that heart medicine that I take in the morning and that seems to cool it out.”

Jess had never experienced any previous problems with her heart before COVID-19 and one local Cardiologist says she is not alone.

“We have definitely seen a lot of different cardiac complications related to COVID, both in our in-patient sick as well as our out-patient population,” Dr. Mathue Baker with Bryan Heart said.

Something about COVID-19 tends to alter heart rate variability’s, according to Baker. The concerning part, the virus has even left its in print on some of the healthiest people. Five or ten years from now, will this side effect still be around?

“My guess and my hope is that we won’t be seeing, you know heart failure down the line from this,” Baker said.

 

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