‘It does affect more than your lungs’: Why COVID-19 survivors may need to get screened for heart damage

While COVID-19 is known as a respiratory infection, there’s emerging evidence linking it to heart damage, too. Cardiologists are seeing patients with signs of inflammation and scar formation in their hearts even after recovery from COVID-19, experts say.

After recovering from COVID-19, athletes and others who do strenuous exercise should talk to their physician about potential heart damage before resuming their normal activities. The heart function tests may include a EKG and blood tests and can help screen for potential issues.