One hundred patients to undergo cardiac screening over next six months
A new large-scale study to examine the long-term impact of the Covid-19 virus on heart health in Ireland has been announced.
Recent studies have shown that approximately 20-30 per cent of patients with severe Covid-19 will present with cardiac complications including myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle.
Over the next six months, a sample of 100 patients who have recovered from the virus will participate in a cardiac screening to determine the proportion who could have long-term changes in heart muscle.
The research has been designed to identify significant or lingering side-effects associated with Covid-19 and to help compile data to be used to adapt clinical practice to best manage the long-term impact of the virus.
The ‘Study of Heart Disease and Immunity After Covid-19 in Ireland’ project, also known as the SETANTA study, will be carried out by the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) Dublin – a new research institute at the Mater Private Hospital Dublin which was established in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
Commenting on the project, Prof. Robert Byrne, Director of Cardiology, Mater Private Hospital Dublin, and Professor of Cardiovascular Research, RCSI, said: “As we gradually learn more and more about the impact of Covid-19 on a global scale, there is growing evidence to suggest that the threat of the virus is not just in the early stages – but that it can also cause prolonged complications in the months following recovery.
“Early research examining the lingering complications of Covid-19 are concerning, particularly from a cardiology perspective. Much of the research that has been conducted to date suggests a strong correlation between the virus and longer-term cardiology issues.
“However, these studies need to be replicated on a larger scale to reinforce findings and gain a more in-depth understanding of the potential complications.”
“The expert team at the CVRI Dublin are pleased to commence work on the SETANTA study to investigate this subject in an Irish context, contributing to the ongoing effort to comprehend the risks associated with the virus,” Prof. Byrne added.
The study, co-funded by the Mater Private and the RCSI, is expected to be complete next year.