The COVID-19 Heart: Scientific Sense

COVID-19, Health & Wellness, Heart Health

This past week, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Gill Eapen’s Podcast, “Scientific Sense” where we discussed the latest evidence related to COVID-19 and the heart (and other issues). Click here for the full podcast.

Below are a few highlights of the program.

  1. COVID-19 is like no other virus we’ve ever experienced in our lifetime; the virus is highly unpredictable with many different signs/symptoms/presentations and the potential for long-term consequences on the heart.
  2. Compared to seasonal flu where the death rate is ~1 per 1000, the death rate for COVID-19 is ~3-5 per hundred; In other words, fatality rates for COVID-19 are 30-50x fold higher than seasonal influenza.
  3. The amount of virus (viral load) exposure predicts how sick you may become. Wearing a surgical quality mask and social distancing can reduce the potential viral load to minimal levels.
  4. Level 3 masks (surgical quality) are recommended, especially when indoors and interacting with strangers.
  5. Vitamin D supplementation may be protective, especially if levels are low (less than 20 ng/ml)

Michael Miller, MD is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Epidemiology & Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland USA.  His latest book is  “Heal Your Heart published by Penguin Random House.

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