Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2021


Biomedical Sciences

First Major Professor

Dr. Michael Lyons

Second Major Professor

Dr. Heather Greenlee


Master of Science (MS)


Biomedical Sciences


Up until this point, not much is known about the impact the SARS-CoV-2 virus has on the heart. At the beginning of the pandemic in March, 2020, COVID-19 was known for causing pneumonia and various other complications stemming from lung damage. Recent research has hypothesized the possible effect COVID-19 can have on other body systems, including the heart. A recent observational study in Germany found that out of 100 athletes, recently recovered from COVID-19, 78 had abnormal findings on CMR imaging studies. One possible link between the heart and COVID-19 is myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart due to viral infection. The importance of this review lies within the fact myocarditis is the cause of 7% to 20% of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. This review will discuss the research on the pathology of the potential link between COVID-19 and the heart (specifically myocarditis), the prevalence of heart injury and COVID-19, and the steps recreational and professional athletes should consider to take before return to action.

Copyright Owner

Brodhead, Michael

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