Study: Athletes With COVID Rarely Develop Heart Issues

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A study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation found “a low prevalence of cardiac involvement and a low risk of clinical events in short term follow-up” among collegiate student-athletes who had tested positive for COVID-19.

The study sampled more than 3,000 student-athletes who had tested positive for COVID-19. Those sampled underwent additional screenings for cardiac issues. Among those, 21 — or 0.7 percent — showed definite, probable or possible cardiac issues related to their infection with the virus.

ESPN reports that the results could help colleges narrow testing protocols for cardiac issues as student-athletes return to sport.

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