UF Health Cardiologist: COVID-19 Might Be a Disease of the Lungs and the Heart (UF Health Newsroom)

UF Health Cardiologist: COVID-19 Might Be a Disease of the Lungs and the Heart

As researchers continue to unravel the mysteries of COVID-19, they are increasingly realizing the disease caused by the novel coronavirus often involves more than the lungs that it ravages. It can have a devastating impact on the domain of the cardiologist: the heart.

University of Florida Health cardiologist Carl J. Pepine, M.D., a professor in and former chief of the UF College of Medicine’s division of cardiovascular medicine, said scientists are studying how the virus can infect heart muscle and blood vessels as well as the lungs. The virus, for instance, is known to enter the body through the ACE-2 receptors of the lungs, but such receptors are also found in the cardiovascular system.

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