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Scientists uncover a new consequence of COVID-19

Critical Care staff carry out a tracheostomy procedure on a Covid-19 patient on the Christine Brown ward at King's College Hospital in London on January 27, 2021. - The scale of Britains coronavirus outbreak can seem overwhelming, with tens of thousands of new infections and more than 1,000 deaths added each day. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – People with the coronavirus are more than three times as likely to suffer a fatal heart attack than those who do not get the virus. This is according to a new study published in European Heart Journal.

News 8 spoke to Dr. Cameual Wright, medical director at CareSource, who says this study highlights the importance of taking care of our heart health, especially for those who have pre-existing medical issues.

“People with underlying health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity or a lung condition like asthma are more susceptible to COVID and the serious consequences of COVID and one of those consequences can be a heart attack.”

Wright says the coronavirus affects the heart so intensely because the heart and lungs work together. If the lungs aren’t functioning properly, it’s common the heart will also be compromised. She says now, more than ever, it’s critical people take care of their heart and recommends daily physical activity, proper nutrition and eliminating stress whenever possible.

News 8’s medical reporter, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Gillis, D.Ed., is a classically trained medical physiologist and biobehavioral research scientist. She has been a health, medical and science reporter for over 5 years. Her work has been featured in national media outlets. You can follow her on Facebook @DrMaryGillis.