Today I took a look back at the news from one year ago. During those scary early days of the pandemic, just before the shutdowns that changed the world forever.
I like to do that from time to time to see how things have changed. And one thing struck me as I paged through all those stories. Most of those early reports talk about the coronavirus causing a form of pneumonia.
Given the risks and how rapidly it takes over the lungs, that was frightening enough. But today, we know COVID-19 is a whole lot more than pneumonia.
It doesn’t just hammer at your lungs. The coronavirus can strike nearly every part of your body. And in many cases, it can leave behind damage that far outlasts the infection itself.
Now, new research reveals what could turn out to be the worst long-term effect of all. And it’s not in the lungs. It’s in your heart.
The HIDDEN heart damage of coronavirus
It’s frightening how COVID-19 targets the most vulnerable among us. If you’re older or have heart disease, you face some of the highest risks of hospitalization, ICU admission, and death from this infection.
But if you’ve NEVER had heart problems, the coronavirus has another ugly trick up its spiky little sleeves. It could GIVE THEM to you.
Doctors have noticed something alarming. Some very sick COVID-19 patients have elevated levels of troponin. That’s a protein that turns up when there’s heart damage, especially after a heart attack.
Doctors decided to test some of these patients two months later after they had recovered from the coronavirus infection. They found nearly HALF had evidence of injury in the muscle around the heart, including inflammation.
If there’s any good news here, it’s that half DIDN’T have any sign of damage despite the high troponin levels. But let’s be honest, that’s not exactly reassuring, especially if you don’t know which half you’re in.
And unless you’ve had some tests and scans, there’s a solid chance you won’t know if your own troponin levels were high. And you won’t have any idea if you have that damage yourself.
Take steps to support your ticker TODAY
So what can you do now? Well, several things…
First, if you’ve NEVER had heart problems and HAVEN’T had the coronavirus infection, let’s try to keep it that way.
Despite the vaccines being rolled out, we’re not out of the woods yet. So keep doing what you’re already doing to protect yourself. And that, of course, includes wearing a mask when you’re out and avoiding crowds.
Second, whether you’ve had the infection or not, go ahead and give your heart some extra support. You can do that with the nutrients we already know are heart-healthy with or without a pandemic raging out there.
If you HAVE had the COVID-19 infection, supporting your heart health certainly can’t hurt. And if you haven’t, a healthier heart COULD mean a lower risk of more severe complications should your luck run out.
And third, if you’ve HAD the infection and recovered now that you’re aware of this potential risk, go ahead and ask your doctor about it at your next appointment. He might want to run some tests and talk with you about what you can do to continue to support your heart.
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