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Lots of research has come out with respect to Covid19 and heart issues. In a latest study, the researchers claimed that those who were born with a heart defect aren’t at increased risk of the virus.

Researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (New York City) held the study. They analysed data of more than 7,000 adults and children who were born with a heart ailment. The study was published in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Earlier, there were reports that Covid 19 may impact on people with heart ailment. But the researchers found only less complication in people having heart diseases. Among the 43 adults and ten children with congenital heart defect who were infected with COVID-19, 58 per cent had complex congenital anatomy, 15 per cent had a genetic syndrome, 11 per cent had pulmonary hypertension and 17 per cent were obese. Among them, 17 per cent of the patients had a moderate to severe infection and 6 per cent had died. The researchers found that five patients had trisomy 21, four patients had Eisenmenger’s syndrome and two patients had DiGeorge syndrome.

All the patients with trisomy 21 and DiGeorge syndrome had moderate/severe COVID-19 symptoms. The researchers said that though the sample size was small, the results implied that specific congenital heart lesions may not be sufficient cause alone for severe COVID-19 infection.



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