So far, a study has about 1,500 patients from all over Brazil
At the age of 22 and leading a healthy life, economics student Alexandre Duarte Iusim was surprised to contract Covid-19. In addition to taking all the necessary precautions to avoid infection, he was surprised by the symptoms he experienced early in the illness. “I started to have strange pains in my body, in the chest area, a sensation that I had never felt before. I thought it wasn’t Covid because it wasn’t the classic symptoms that we see a lot, ”he said. After two months Alexandre was hospitalized with chest pain and palpitations throughout the body. The doctors’ suspicion is that the symptoms are directly linked to the coronavirus. Today, three months after contracting the disease, Alexandre is still undergoing treatment.
To understand cases like Alexandre’s, the Heart Institute of Hospital das Clínicas in São Paulo is working on the first National Registry of Cardiac Complications. The study, carried out in partnership with 26 other institutions across the country, wants to monitor Brazilian patients who had cardiac problems after being infected with the new coronavirus. The coordinator of the work and president of the Board of Directors of InCor, Roberto Kalil Filho, explain that a Covid-19 affects the heart of the infected more than other types of coronavirus.
“It attacks the heart in three different ways: one aggressively, causing myocarditis. It also attacks forming clots in the arteries causing a heart attack. And it also attacks the lung, because it decreases oxygenation to the heart ”, said Kalil. So far, the study has about 1,500 patients from all over Brazil. The goal is to reach 2 thousand and obtain a greater record of cardiac complications and drugs used to treat these problems caused by Covid-19. The first results are expected to start in November.
* With information from reporter Beatriz Manfredini