Monday, December 21, 2020

Pennsylvania student said she suffered heart failure at age 20 after mild case of Covid


Dec. 21, 2020, 1:11 PM EST
By Tim Fitzsimons


A Temple University student says she experienced a life-threatening heart condition weeks after recovering from a mild case of Covid-19.


Neville said her doctors told her she had myocarditis, a swelling of the heart muscle that has been linked to Covid-19.

Recently, doctors have raised the question of whether athletes should be required to undergo additional screenings before returning to gameplay following recovery from the disease because of the risk of myocarditis.

"They were throwing around this term called 'multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children,'" Neville said.

The CDC has recently written that the Covid-linked syndrome has recently been observed in adults.


When she first shared her story on Facebook in early December, Neville wrote that she hoped that her story might serve as a "reality check" for some of her peers who "take their health for granted."

"I know that I did," Neville wrote. "I believed that my youth and health would allow me to make it through any run in I had with the virus relatively unscathed."

"However, as someone who has been on the ass end of it, I wish I had chosen inconvenience over jeopardizing my health. I wish I had been more careful in my social interactions prior to contracting COVID, to save myself, my family, and my friends the pain of uncertainty regarding whether or not this illness would kill me."


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