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Study Finds Increased Heart Disease, Stroke Risk After Surviving Even Mild Covid-19

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Did you have a “mild” case of Covid-19? Well, you may want to take the findings of this study to heart. A study recently published in Nature Medicine found U.S. veterans who had survived Covid-19 were more likely to have suffered some type of cardiovascular problem in the ensuing year. That’s even when their initial infections didn’t seem that severe.

For the study, a team from the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System (Yan Xie, PhD, Evan Xu, Benjamin Bowe, MPH) and the Washington University School of Medicine (Ziyad Al-Aly, MD) searched a patient database from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to assemble a study cohort and two control cohorts. The study cohort consisted of 153,760 U.S. veterans who had survived Covid-19 for at least 30 days beyond the initial diagnoses. For reference, 30 days is less than three Scaramuccis, which is clearly not a very long time. Nevertheless, it’s still well beyond the typical infectious period for the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The two control groups included one that crossed the same pandemic time period as the study group: 5,637,647 patients who had had no evidence of a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The other control group came from a time period that pre-dated the pandemic: 5,859,411 veterans and their 2017 records. The research team then compared the different cardiovascular outcomes that the study group and the two control groups suffered in the year following their initial Covid-19 diagnoses.


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