How athletes can return to exercise after COVID-19 infection: New guidance released (ABC News)

ABC News: How athletes can return to exercise after COVID-19 infection: New guidance released. “After two years of research, the American College of Cardiology released guidance Tuesday that states the incidence of heart inflammation among athletes after COVID-19 is lower than originally thought, but they still suggest a step-by-step plan to help competitive athletes and weekend warriors alike that will help them safely return to their activities.”

Washington Post: Five months post-covid, Nicole Murphy’s heart rate is still doing strange things

Washington Post: Five months post-covid, Nicole Murphy’s heart rate is still doing strange things. “A pivotal study that looked at health records of more than 153,000 U.S. veterans published this month in Nature Medicine found that their risk of cardiovascular disease of all types increased substantially in the year following infection, even when they had mild cases. The population studied was mostly White and male, but the patterns held even when the researchers analyzed women and people of color separately.”

Nexstar Media Wire: ‘Long COVID’ sufferers may have heart damage if battling shortness of breath a year later

Nexstar Media Wire: ‘Long COVID’ sufferers may have heart damage if battling shortness of breath a year later. “People with ‘long COVID’ ​may have suffered heart damage if they are still struggling to breathe during exercise a year on, researchers warn. Medical scans show patients who experience breathlessness a year after leaving hospital are more likely to experience cardiovascular problems, even if they never have before.”

Bloomberg: Heart damage plagues COVID-19 survivors a year after infection, study shows

Bloomberg: Heart damage plagues COVID-19 survivors a year after infection, study shows. “Heart damage from Covid-19 extends well beyond the disease’s initial stages, according to a study that found even people who were never sick enough to need hospitalization are in danger of developing heart failure and deadly blood clots a year later. Heart disease and stroke are already the leading causes of death worldwide. The increased likelihood of lethal heart complications in Covid survivors – who number in the hundreds of millions globally – will add to its devastation, according to the study, which is under consideration for publication by a Nature journal.”

UCSF: AI Algorithm Matches Cardiologists’ Expertise, While Explaining Its Decisions

UCSF: AI Algorithm Matches Cardiologists’ Expertise, While Explaining Its Decisions. “Clinicians rely daily on electrocardiograms (ECG) to detect common cardiovascular conditions, but accurate diagnoses require high levels of expertise. In a new study that reviewed nearly 1 million ECGs from 365,000 adults, an artificial intelligence algorithm exceeded the performance of a widely available commercial system in nearly all examined diagnoses, while also matching the performance of expert cardiologists and, importantly, providing an explanation for its results.”

Science Daily: Having an unhealthy heart could lead to a higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19

Science Daily: Having an unhealthy heart could lead to a higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19. “People with unhealthy heart structures and poorer functioning hearts have a significantly higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, according to research by Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (The University of Southampton).”

Johns Hopkins: Machine Learning Tool Gives Early Warning Of Cardiac Issues For Patients With Covid-19

Johns Hopkins: Machine Learning Tool Gives Early Warning Of Cardiac Issues For Patients With Covid-19. “The COVID-HEART predictor can forecast cardiac arrest for patients who have COVID-19 with a median early warning time of 18 hours, and it can predict blood clots three days in advance. It was developed with data from 2,178 patients treated at the five hospitals in the Johns Hopkins Health System between March 1 and Sept. 27, 2020.”

IrvineTimes: ‘Dating site technology’ to help heart failure patients find clinical trials

IrvineTimes: ‘Dating site technology’ to help heart failure patients find clinical trials. “A UK charity for heart failure patients has developed a website which uses matching technology often used for dating sites to pair patients with appropriate clinical trials…. The charity says it hopes the system can help take the pressure off the NHS by no longer relying on healthcare staff to identify potential patients suitable for trials.”

STAT News: Covid-19 infections leave an impact on the heart, raising concerns about lasting damage

STAT News: Covid-19 infections leave an impact on the heart, raising concerns about lasting damage. “One study examined the cardiac MRIs of 100 people who had recovered from Covid-19 and compared them to heart images from 100 people who were similar but not infected with the virus. Their average age was 49 and two-thirds of the patients had recovered at home. More than two months later, infected patients were more likely to have troubling cardiac signs than people in the control group: 78 patients showed structural changes to their hearts, 76 had evidence of a biomarker signaling cardiac injury typically found after a heart attack, and 60 had signs of inflammation.”