Pathologists at the University of LSU Health in New Orleans conducted autopsies on the bodies of 22 patients who died of coronavirus, and concluded that the infection probably is not the cause of inflammatory damage to the heart muscle (myocarditis), as previously thought, but affects the organ in another way. This was reported by Dr. Richard Vander Heide, MD, according to the EurekAlert scientific news service on July 21.
“We have identified key gross and microscopic changes that question the notion that typical myocarditis is present in severe SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the scientist said.
Richard Vander Heide believes this will help to better understand the disease and to prescribe effective treatment in time.
Sharon Fox, deputy director of research and development in the pathology department at LSU Health University, said the results, along with strongly enlarged right ventricles, may indicate a very high load on the heart, secondary to acute lung diseases.
Most of the 22 patients who were autopsied had hypertension (high blood pressure), half had type II diabetes, and 41% were obese.