Cardiovascular Health at University of Miami Health System

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UHealth Launches COVID-19 Heart Program

Jeffrey Goldberger, M.D., chief of the cardiovascular team at the University of Miami Health System, discusses the launch of the COVID-19 Heart Program, designed in part to evaluate the heart health of patients who have recovered from COVID-19.


TRANSCRIPTION

Although COVID-19 has presented itself mostly as a respiratory disease U Health cardiologists are acting fast on new information about potential damage to the heart as well.

Dr. Jeffrey Goldberger

Just like the virus can get into the lung cells, it could also get into the heart cells and cause inflammation and infection. What we term Myocarditis, and that occurs, probably in about a third of the patients.

Narrator

Jeffrey Goldberger leads U Health's COVID-19 heart program designed in part to evaluate patients for risk of heart disease related to COVID-19 infection. DR. Goldberger says the program is also critical for those who experience symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath or palpitations while staying at home.

Dr. Jeffrey Goldberger

Just because you had your heart attack in a home and feel fine now, that's no reason not to take advantage of those therapies that are available to reduce further heart attacks and death.

Narrator

With concerns about underlying conditions at an all-time high, U Health's COVID-19 Heart Program has a plan in place for those who are concerned about heart health and want to be evaluated.

Dr. Jeffrey Goldberger

This is a good time to see a cardiologist and address those concerns.