Some student-athletes contract rare heart conditions after recovering from COVID-19 – WSOC TV
There have been several dozen reports that teens and young adults have developed a heart problem after being vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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According to a press release from the agency, he is investigating dozens of cases of people who have developed myocarditis after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.
It includes professional and student athletes. This situation puts them on the sidelines and also raises questions as to whether and when they can safely return to sport.
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“I don’t even know how to explain it,” said Mikele Colasurdo, a Georgia State University quarterback.
“It’s the double disadvantage of not being able to do it and having to leave it there all the time. It was a lot on me emotionally.
The South Carolina native tested positive for COVID-19 in the summer of 2020.
Colasurdo had to undergo two negative COVID-19 tests before he was allowed to play, and he underwent a series of heart tests.
“I knew there was a problem when I got a call from my coach,” he said. “He was like, ‘Hey, the doctor wants to meet you. Your echo was not so good.
The college freshman explained everything in a tweet telling his followers that he was diagnosed with heart disease after battling COVID-19 and would not be able to play football. Doctors told Colasurdo he had myocarditis.
“Myocarditis is an inflammatory reaction of the heart muscle, and the virus enters the heart muscle itself and causes inflammation,” said Dr. Dermot Phelan, director of athletic cardiology at Atrium Health.
He added: “I think if we go back to March of last year, basically all the news we had regarding COVID, that was bad news. Athletes were sort of in a unique situation because with athletes obviously they push the heart, and they stress the system.
This prompted the initial guidelines in May 2020, which stated that student-athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 should also undergo what’s known as a triad test.
These are blood tests, which might show damage to the heart, an EKG, and an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart.
“Our advice has really changed over the past year,” said Phelan. “I mean, last year I was really worried about this.”
The American Medical Association has selected 789 athletes from six major professional leagues. All have tested positive for COVID-19 and have undergone triad testing.
Doctors diagnosed 0.6% with serious heart disease linked to COVID-19.
A similar study of 3,000 NCAA athletes found similar results.
“So it’s rare, but your question is really good because when we see it it can be pretty serious,” Phelan told reporter DaShawn Brown.
Demi Washington, the guard at Vanderbilt University, was among the 0.6%.
“I felt perfectly fine,” Washington said. “Maybe just out of shape because I was in quarantine and in isolation.”
In addition to the triad tests, doctors at Vanderbilt also performed a cardiac MRI which found Washington to have myocarditis.
“It was really disappointing,” Washington said. “I was so upset and sad because I recovered from COVID. I’m back at the gym. I watch my teammates play. “
Almost two weeks after Colasurdo’s initial diagnosis, he also underwent a cardiac MRI.
His results revealed that it was a false alarm.
Washington has put its second season on hold to give its heart a chance to heal.
Colasurdo was back on the pitch in the middle of his debut season.