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Few professional athletes suffer from heart disease after a mild COVID: study of North American sports leagues

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(Reuters) – According to a study authored by medical experts from Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and other major authors, there are only among professional athletes with mild cases of COVID-19 Few cases of inflammatory heart disease in North American sports leagues.

The medical staff of the MLB and NBA, as well as the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) collected data from athletes from May to October 2020 . When professional sports slowly resumed action in North America after coronavirus-related lockdowns.

The retrospective study, the first of its kind among the six leagues and published by JAMA Cardiology on Thursday, showed that five out of 789 athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 during that time had an inflammatory “return to” mandatory requirement Heart disease had game “heart test.

“It shows that in this population of athletes it is safe to return and that inflammatory heart disease is relatively rare,” said Dr. Gary Green, Medical Director of MLB, who confirmed everyone could play again.

None of the people in the study were hospitalized with COVID-19 infection, and none would have been classified as “seriously ill,” Green told Reuters.

More than half a million people in the United States have died from the novel coronavirus as government officials struggle to introduce vaccines and contain the spread of the highly contagious virus.

“The study was designed to answer the uncertainty associated with this issue as to whether people with mild or asymptomatic forms of COVID-19 disease had inflammation of the heart,” said Dr. David Engel, the NBA consulting cardiologist and a co-author of the study.

Numerous professional athletes have opted out of the game since the first COVID-19 pandemic in North America because of concerns about the long-term effects of the virus.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez missed the 2020 season after contracting the novel coronavirus and subsequently being diagnosed with myocarditis. He has since said he plans to play in 2021.

“Being athletic doesn’t necessarily protect you more than if you were some kind of age-appropriate non-athlete,” said Engel. “The inflammation of the heart that you can see with COVID-19, or indeed any virus, poses a unique risk for athletes because myocarditis, if present, can cause a fatal or dangerous arrhythmia when the heart is stimulated.”

The report offered little insight into the effects of the novel coronavirus on female athletes, with the WNBA being the only North American women’s league included in the study. Only 12 WNBA players tested positive for COVID-19 during the study period.

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