A new study that observed patients infected with coronavirus argues that while long-term heart and lung damage can appear in the case of some patients, the situations tend to improve over time.
The study took place in a region of Austria, which is known as a coronavirus hot spot due to a large number of identified cases. A large number of patients were recruited during the study, with 86 being observed during the early stage, while 150 are now active participants.
The patients were scheduled for evaluation after six, twelve, and twenty-four weeks since they were released from the hospital. A sophisticated series of tests were mates, including clinical exams, blood tests, lung function tests, and other medical tests were used to collect information about the way in which their state evolved.
During the first visit, it was observed that more than 50% of the patient featured at least one persistent symptom, with breathlessness and coughing being dominant. CT scans also revealed that 88% of the patients suffered ling damage. However, the severity of the symptoms decreased, and the number of people affected by lung damage fell to 56%.
The results of the study were quite interesting as they revealed interesting details about the damage caused by COVID-19. For example, CT scans revealed lung damage, which wasn’t obvious during lung function tests. Such information could allow doctors to prescribe better treatments in the long run.
Since some patients affected by COVID-19 can spend a significant amount of time in intensive care or while being connected to a ventilator, they will face severe muscle loss, and the muscles responsible for breathing can be affected. Pulmonary rehabilitation plays a crucial role on the road towards a full recovery, with positive effects being observed during the research.
More information can be found in the study, which was published in a scientific journal