The study, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association Circulation, was accompanied by a 2021 study that looked for heart complications among athletes who had COVID-19. This latest study covered athletes from 27 sports at 45 U.S. colleges and universities.
While a previous study found only about 1 in 170 student-athletes from COVID-19 developed heart problems, the researchers wanted to make sure they did not miss any potentially fatal heart problems due to less than optimal testing methods.
Thus, they followed 3,675 athletes during the year after they returned to sports, including 21 who had already been diagnosed with an accurate or probable inflammation of the heart or damage to the heart muscle.
The study found that a year later, only one athlete had an adverse cardiovascular outcome – a type of irregular heartbeat called Atrial fibrillation – this may have been due to COVID-19. The researchers found no life-threatening arrhythmias, heart failure or cardiac arrest associated with coronavirus.
“This is very encouraging in an era of bad news pandemics,” said Dr. Aaron Begish, lead author of the study.
“(Fear) that we miss a silent illness and put someone at risk has been pretty well dispelled in this article,” said Begish, director of the cardiovascular program at the Massachusetts Cardiology Center at Boston General Hospital.
Based on the new findings, the authors said it was cardiac MRI tests should not be given to all athletes with COVID-19only for those with inflammation of the heart muscle or other warning signs such as chest pain or difficulties breathing.
“It’s not difficult COVID-19 The infection seems to give an extremely low risk that something bad will happen in terms of the heart in the future. The vast majority of athletes who have suffered from COVID-19 and are completely cured do not need testing, ”Begish said.
He said the study was limited to the observational nature, adding that it was important for clinicians to closely monitor athletes to determine the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the cardiovascular system. And he said he plans to train college athletes with existing cardiovascular problems in the future.
“We need to go back and start asking questions about the safety of sports and children heart diseasethe same issue that interested us before the pandemic, and we will take care after the pandemic, ”Begish said.
Dr Ravi Dave, who was not involved in the study, said the study was limited to tracking the health of athletes for one year. He called for longer-term research, including research into how COVID-19 variants affect the heart health of athletes. Dave said he would also like to see future research on middle-aged and older people who play sports.
But overall, he called the new study encouraging.
“This is a well-done study with important evidence that confirms the fact that in young athletes heart disease is a rare condition with very few side effects,” said Dave, director of interventional cardiology at UCLA Health in California.
“Patients also need to understand what these results show benefits of exercise and general health, “he said.” This is especially important in fighting a viral infection. “
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