Penn State Doc Outlines ‘Alarming’ Incidence of Heart Inflammation Among Big 10 Athletes With Coronavirus

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Between 30 and 35 percent of student athletes who have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus also have myocarditis, which is a potentially fatal inflammation of the heart muscle.

Director of athletic medicine at Penn State Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, speaking at a board meeting this week, said that cardiac MRI scans revealed the numbers, and connection between the conditions.

“When we looked at our COVID-positive athletes, whether they were symptomatic or not, 30 to roughly 35 percent of their heart muscles (were) inflamed,” he said, according to a report from State College, PA newspaper Centre Daily Times.

“We really just don’t know what to do with it right now. It’s still very early in the infection.
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