Coronavirus Research: Only congenital heart disease does not increase risk of corona infection, new research reveals

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It has been said since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic that heart patients are at greater risk of infection. Now a new research study has revealed new information that children born with heart defects and adults are not at risk of serious infection of the corona. Scientists and other researchers at Irving Medical Center under Columbia University analyzed data from more than seven thousand patients at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Congenital Heart Disease Center in the US. This study states that congenital heart disease alone cannot be a factor in increasing the risk of corona infection.


According to this study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, only 53 out of seven thousand congenital heart patients (43 adults and 10 children), only 0.8 percent, had corona symptoms. According to the study, 80% of the 53, ie 43 patients had mild symptoms. Severe symptoms were seen in nine patients. Only three patients out of a total of seven thousand died of the corona.


Co-author Matthew Lewis of the study stated, "At the beginning of the epidemic, many people feared that congenital heart disease could be the cause of a severe corona infection. He said that we were confident of the results due to the low number of patients with corona symptoms (just 0.8 percent). The study period was from March to June 2020, during which about 20 percent of the population of the New York metropolitan area was corona infected.


Researchers found that patients with genetic syndrome are more likely to have corona infections, but only congenital heart defects do not have a significant effect on the severity of symptoms. However, the sample size of this study was small. Scientists believe that only congenital heart disease may not be a sufficient factor to increase the severity or risk of Kovid-19 symptoms.

Another co-author of this study, Columbia University, said Brett Anderson, "It is possible that there may be a different risk for elderly patients with congenital heart disease than normal. He said that we have not yet clearly defined what the risk factors are in such patients. The scientists said that instead of being relaxed such patients should follow all precautions and guidelines of CDC.