Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-COVID-2 Syndrome: Just the Beginning

Shereif H. Rezkalla, Robert A. Kloner

Abstract


Viral diseases are some of the most common infections affecting humans. Despite the unpleasant symptoms, most people return to their normal lives without residual symptoms. Following the acute infectious phase of some viruses, however, in some individuals symptoms may linger to the extent they are unable to return to a normal lifestyle. Following coronavirus disease 2019 infection, significant numbers of patients continued to have symptoms that persisted for months after hospital discharge. Symptoms spanned many organ systems and were prominent in the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. The exact mechanism is not clear. This group of patients represents a new challenge to our health care systems. An organized, multi-disciplinary approach and further research are warranted to be ready to deliver better care to these patients.




Cardiol Res. 2021;12(5):279-285
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/cr1290

Keywords


Post-acute; SARS-COVID-2; PASC; Long haulers; Multi-systemic

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