Heart inflammation after virus is rare in Big Ten athletes

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FILE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, university football players wait for the snap on the line of scrimmage during practice in Tacoma, Wash. Heart inflammation is rare in Big Ten Conference athletes who’ve had COVID-19 and in most cases causes no obvious symptoms, according to the first data published from the Big Ten COVID-19 Cardiac Registry on Thursday, May 27, 2021, in JAMA Cardiology. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

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Heart inflammation is rare in Big Ten Conference athletes who’ve had COVID-19 and in most it cases causes no obvious symptoms, according to the

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Small study shows heart damage after COVID-19 uncommon in college athletes

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In a small study, researchers found college athletes who contracted COVID-19 rarely had cardiac complications. Most had mild COVID symptoms that did not require treatment, and in a small percentage of those with abnormal cardiac testing, there was no evidence of heart damage on special imaging tests. All athletes returned to sports without any health concerns, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.

In spring 2020, concerns about heart damage, especially inflammation, among athletes with COVID-19 led to recommendations for cardiac screening based on symptom severity before resuming

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