Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we've learned that the coronavirus attacks much more than just your respiratory system. There are symptoms of the virus that affect everything from your mouth to your digestive tract. Now, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Cardiology has found that one of the more frightening lingering effects of COVID-19 is also very common. According to the JAMACardiology study, nearly 80 percent of COVID patients have heart damage.

The research, which was conducted out of Germany's University Hospital Frankfurt, examined the MRI scans of 100 patients diagnosed with COVID-19, most of whom were otherwise healthy and in their 40s and 50s. The scans showed that 78 of the patients (78 percent) had signs of heart damage. Furthermore, 60 percent of the patients showed signs of inflammation. The researchers say these startling findings demonstrate the need for "ongoing investigation of the long-term cardiovascular consequences of COVID-19."

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