Covid: an increased risk of cardiovascular disease

DECRYPTION – The risk would increase even after a moderate form of the infection that did not require hospitalization.

The contours of long Covid, or the long-term health effects of Sars-CoV-2 infection, continue to become clearer. A large-scale American study has thus just revealed an excess risk of cardiovascular disease in unvaccinated people who have had Covid during the year, including in a moderate form.

Researchers from the University of Saint Louis (Missouri) relied on a cohort of 154,000 American adults who had had a Sars-CoV-2 infection confirmed by PCR. They compared them with a group of 5 million people who did not have Covid over the same period. They also compared them to the data of 5 million people from an earlier period, to avoid the bias that would be caused by under-screening for cardiovascular diseases linked to the difficulties of access to care in times of pandemic, for example. Observations started 30 days after infection, to exclude heart problems occurring during the acute phase…

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