Heart inflammation found in some athletes with COVID-19, study shows

They found that 4 professional athletes (15 percent) had CMR findings constant with myocarditis, or swelling of the heart muscle. 2 of these 4 athletes with proof of myocardial swelling had mild signs and the other two were asymptomatic.

Some competitive college athletes reveal proof of swollen heart muscle or myocarditis, according to study published in JAMA Cardiology.

Researchers performed a comprehensive cardiac magnetic resonance test on 26 competitive college athletes who had actually checked positive for COVID-19 in between June and August. The professional athletes played football, soccer, lacrosse, track and basketball. None needed hospitalization, and 12 reported moderate symptoms, while others were asymptomatic.

8 extra professional athletes (30.8 percent) showed late gadolinium enhancement, without T2 elevation, which suggests prior myocardial injury.

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