Cardiovascular complications of covid-19 and associated concerns: A review

Wen Liang Yu, Han Siong Toh, Chia Te Liao, Wei Ting Chang

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SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that has caused the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. SARS-CoV-2 is characterized by significantly affecting the cardiovascular system of infected patients. In addition to the direct injuries caused by the virus, the subsequent cytokine storm – an overproduction of immune cells and their activating compounds – also causes damage to the heart. The development of anti-SARS-CoV-2 treatments is necessary to control the epidemic. Despite an explosive growth in research, a comprehensive review of up-to-date information is lacking. Herein, we summarize pivotal findings regarding the epidemiology, complications, and mechanisms of, and recent therapies for, COVID-19, with special focus on its cardiovascular impacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-17
Number of pages9
JournalActa Cardiologica Sinica
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Cardiovascular injuries
  • COVID-19
  • Cytokine storm
  • Therapies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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