New information about the specific risks of COVID-19 to those with cardiovascular issues has been released recently. Forty percent of patients hospitalized early in the COVID-19 outbreak had cardiovascular disease or cerebrovascular disease (stroke), according to the American Heart Association. National Institutes of Health recently confirmed that pre-existing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cardiovascular risk factors enhance vulnerability to COVID-19. NIH went on to report that COVID-19 can worsen underlying CVD and even precipitate new cardiac complications. Also, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) stated last week that myocardial injury is present in more than a quarter of critical cases.
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