The health-care odyssey for the millions of Americans who have received COVID-19 is far from over. In a new analysis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that the risk of cardiac problems persists after infection and recovery.
The research, which was released on April 1, depicts the potential for long-term risks and unfavorable health effects after a patient has caught COVID-19. The paper has outlined the possibility of heart problems after receiving a coronavirus mRNA vaccine. Pfizer and Moderna presently have two mRNA vaccines on the market.
According to the paper, COVID-19 infection and mRNA COVID-19 vaccinations have been associated with cardiac problems, “particularly myocarditis and pericarditis.”
The CDC also discovered cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which it described as “a rare but serious complication of SARS-CoV-2 infection with frequent cardiac involvement.”
Pericarditis is swelling of the thin tissue around the heart, while myocarditis is inflammation of the main layer of the heart wall.
The study discovered that between one and three weeks following infection or vaccination, the risk of all three heart problems increased.
After both immunization and infection, male adolescents were the patient group with the highest chance of developing heart problems. The risk of cardiac events was highest “after the second vaccine dose” of an mRNA vaccine for male patients 12 to 17 years old, according to the CDC, but was significantly higher following a COVID-19 infection.
“The incidence of cardiac outcomes after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination was highest for males aged 12–17 years after the second vaccine dose; however, within this demographic group, the risk for cardiac outcomes was 1.8–5.6 times as high after SARS-CoV-2 infection than after the second vaccine dose,” the CDC report said.
“The risk for cardiac outcomes was likewise significantly higher after SARS-CoV-2 infection than after first, second, or unspecified dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccination for all other groups by sex and age.”
The CDC study, on the other hand, concentrates on the risks of mRNA vaccinations, so the Johnson & Johnson shot isn’t among the treatments and preventative measures that could expose patients to additional risks.
Overall, the study supports the use of COVID-19 vaccines, according to the CDC. Vaccines continue to be “safe and effective,” according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
The study analyzed data from 40 healthcare systems to look at the risk of cardiac problems following COVID-19 and COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in male and female patients of various ages.
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