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Support research related to COVID-19 heart damage

One of the tragic consequences of the current global health crisis is an increase in myocarditis. This is a rare disease that can cause heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Most cases of myocarditis, which is usually caused by a viral infection, happen in young adults with males affected more than females. Recent studies have shown myocardial inflammation in patients who recovered from COVID-19.

Your generosity will help support further research into COVID-19-related heart damage in athletes. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is developing a COVID-19 Athlete Cardiac Registry to gather data to better understand this disease and how it affects athletes and athletic competition. Because of you, our researchers will be able to study the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the heart, which can save lives, improve outcomes and strengthen our knowledge of this dreaded disease.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center researchers, led by Curt Daniels, MD, director of the Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program and the Pulmonary Hypertension Program and Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, are examining ways to diagnose and treat this condition in athletes at all levels. This research can eventually translate to the identification and treatment of myocarditis in the general population as it relates to COVID-19.

This work was started to look at athletes in the Big Ten, but it relates to all athletes in sports in K-12, college and post-college. Many of the schools do not have the resources to fund this magnitude of work, so Dr. Daniels’ research will help save the lives of athletes of all ages and can translate to the general population.

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