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Posted by Gilbert_Sundevil on August 31, 20 at 14:30:51:

In Reply to: Not really posted by Gilbert_Sundevil on August 31, 20 at 14:24:20:

Right from the headline:
"Concerns About Long-Term Complications From Coronavirus Prompt Pac-12 To Postpone College Football"

"An ESPN report says the Big 10 conference became concerned after several athletes were diagnosed with a heart issue following a case of COVID-19.

“Myocarditis is inflammation of the muscle tissue of the heart. It can be caused by certain infections, it can be caused by drugs, and it can be caused by autoimmune diseases. COVID is different,” said Dr. Orhan Sancaktar, a cardiologist at Medical Center of Aurora, a leading heart center in Colorado. “It causes the heart to become weak.”

Dr. Sancaktar says he’s treated several patients who had COVID-19 and developed heart issues. Some in older age ranges have died from the complication. It’s believed the disease is stressing the body and causing issues with many internal organs.

“There’s no question that COVID really engages the immune system and really causes a lot of inflammation.” And that inflammation leads to more myocarditis than other infections. People with preexisting conditions seem to be at more risk but we’ve definitely seen who were previously healthy develop that condition. Some people can have long term effects from it. That’s generally very rare, and of course COVID is so new we don’t know,” Dr. Sancaktar said.

More research is needed around the virus and it’s effect on heart disease, especially for top level athletes."

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