Though COVID-19 mainly targets the lungs, patients with cardiovascular disease face their own set of risks.
Because fighting COVID-19 is incredibly taxing on the body, if you have a diseased or weakened heart, you may suffer from heart failure.
Patients with cardiovascular issues may also have a weakened immune system, which would make it harder for your body to fight the virus once you are infected.
For patients with plaque buildup in their arteries, it’s possible that viral diseases like COVID-19 could destabilize the plaque, causing blockages and increasing the risk of a heart attack.
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Source American Heart Association