CV & mental in COVID

Published: 15 June 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/z73f3dhs6m.1
Gheorghe Nicusor POP


With the COVID-19 pandemic lasting over a year and affecting all continents, a new problem has arisen, that of convalescents, who continue to have various symptoms at more than 4 and up to 12 weeks after the acute disease, the so called post-acute COVID-19 syndrome. In this article, we tried to determine, if previously healthy adults, with post-acute COVID-19 syndrome also have cardiac complications related to the number of persisting symptoms, the Quality of Life scores and the initial pulmonary injury. We evidenced, by transthoracic echocardiography, at about a quarter of the 150 participants in our study, cardiac abnormalities (pulmonary hypertension, systolic and diastolic dysfunction, pericarditis), their gravity being significantly correlated with the severity of COVID-19, the number of weeks passed since the acute illness, with the number of persisting symptoms, and the quality of life. Post-acute COVID-19 is a recently proposed term which aims to characterize the various symptoms persisting after an acute SARS-CoV-2 infection, their severity being explained partially, by residual multi-system alterations with important impact on the functional status and quality of life of the affected individuals. "Victor Babes" University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, Romania



Medicine, Depression, Mental Health, Anxiety, Cardiovascular Disease, Quality of Life, COVID-19