Chronic Heart Injury Associated with COVID-19

Project: Research project

Project Details


Heart damage is a potentially a major consequence of COVID-19. While some COVID-19 patients recover completely within a few weeks, other patients — even those who had mild versions of the disease — continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery. Another disturbing trend is the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the black population across the US. These statistics and discoveries highlight a critical need to establish how common and severe is acute and chronic heart injury and identify factors contributing to the glaring health disparities in the African American communities. The parent NIH study aims to characterize acute heart injury associated COVID-19 compared with influenza (control group). We seek funding from NUCATS to conduct additional follow-up MRI to determine long-term heart injury from COVID-19 compared with influenza. The two studies together will address the following three questions: (a) does both acute and chronic heart injuries diffes between COVID-19 and influenza? (b) does both acute and chronic heart injuries largely reflect acute lung injury? (c) does both acute and chronic heart injuries differ across race and correlate with social determinants of health?
Effective start/end date4/1/214/1/24


  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Kim AGMT 9/15/21)


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