Covid-19 Discovery: First detected in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China in December 2019
Pandemic: On 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic
Heart and Covid-19: Heart and Cardiovascular disease top the list of co-morbidity associated with Covid-19 associated death.
Direct effect on Heart: Covid-19 can affect heart along with lung infection, or directly heart and blood vessels alone
How does Covid-19 affect heart and blood circulation?
European Society of Cardiology and American College of Cardiology, and World Heart Federation have summarized the interaction of Covid-19 and Heart.
When Covid-19 affects your lungs, your oxygen supply is reduced. Heart has to work harder to supply oxygen to your body.
When Covid-19 affects your heart directly, it reduces the pumping power of heart directly.
Both conditions depend on how much cardiac reserve you have.
In other words, more cardio-vascular fitness you have better is your odd against winning over Covid-19 heart.
Inflammation of Heart Muscle
1 in 5 patients with COVID-19 have signs of heart injury, regardless of whether they had respiratory symptoms
Inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) can be part of generalized hyper-inflammation syndrome or localized inflammation of the heart muscle.
Direct Viral Infection of Heart
Coronavirus can directly infect heart and blood vessels by binding on ACE2 receptors
Infection of the heart muscle or blood vessel can be part of generalized Covid-19 infection as well
The result is poor pumping power of the heart (cardiomyopathy)
Micro-vascular Thrombus or Embolism
Excess of blood clotting (thrombus) and clot spreading (embolism) can affect any organ in the body
Direct injury to the inner lining (endothelium) of blood vessels, stasis, easy clotting tendency (hyper-coagulability) is three key factors.
Cytokine storm is the medical word used to describe this perfect storm
How does Covid-19 Heart Condition Present?
The COVID-19 heart can lead to:
Acute coronary syndrome: Acute chest pain and palpitation, or heart attack
Heart Failure: Pumping power of the heart is reduced
Cardiogenic shock: Low blood pressure and collapse
Cardiac arrhythmia: Palpitations, skipped beats
Tests for Covid-19 Heart Markers
At our Jiva health clinics we track your cardiovascular reserve and inflammation
Blood tests for anti-inflammatory defense: Omega-3 index
Stool test for gut biome anti-inflammatory defense: GI map stool test Sleep tests to reduce sleep apnea and insomnia related aggravation of inflammation
Summary of Action Plan for Covid-19 heart
Anti-inflammatory diet and supplements
Balancing gut biome with diet and specific Prebiotics and Probiotics
Treating sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
Treating pre-existing heart and cardio-vascular conditions
Treating diabetes and obesity, which are major contributors to heart conditions