The Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Original Investigation

Evaluation of Cardiac Function in Uncomplicated COVID-19 Survivors by 2-Dimensional Speckle Tracking Imaging


Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey


Ankara University School of Medicine, Cardiology Department, Ankara, Turkey

Anatol J Cardiol 2022; 26: 841-848
DOI: 10.5152/AnatolJCardiol.2022.1360
Read: 94 Downloads: 65 Published: 01 November 2022

Background: COVID-19 is a multi-systemic infectious disease. Nearly 20%-30% of hospitalized patients have evidence of acute myocardial involvement, portending a poorer prognosis. However, information about the long-term effects of the disease on cardiac functions is sparse. As a result, there is a growing concern about the cardiac sequelae of COVID-19 among survivors. This study aimed to investigate the effects of prior mild-moderate COVID-19 infection on cardiac functions, using speckle tracking echocardiography.

Methods: Patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the previous 6 months and age-, sex-, and risk factor-matched healthy adults were included. All patients underwent a comprehensive echocardiographic examination. Both conventional and 2-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiographic measurements were performed. Serum cardiac biomarkers were also obtained on the day of the echocardiographic study.

Results: Compared with healthy controls, COVID-19 survivors had similar left and right ventricular longitudinal strain values at 6 months. Also, left and right atrial peak systolic strain values did not differ between the groups.

Conclusion: Our study is valuable in putting forth the unaffected ventricular and atrial functions on long term in uncomplicated COVID-19 cases and may decrease the survivors’ anxiety and the number of unnecessary applications to cardiology clinics.

Cite this article as: Akbulut M, Tan S, Gerede Uludağ DM, Kozluca V, Dinçer İ. Evaluation of cardiac function in uncomplicated COVID-19 survivors by two-dimensional speckle tracking imaging. Anatol J Cardiol. 2022;26(11):841-848.

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