PHOENIX — While COVID-19 is known as a respiratory infection, there's emerging evidence linking it to heart damage, too.

Cardiologists are seeing patients with signs of inflammation and scar formation in their hearts even after recovery from COVID-19, experts say.

For that reason, anyone who plans on participating in vigorous exercise and was sick with COVID-19 for three or more days should get a cardiac screening before working out or participating in their sport, said Dr. Steven Erickson, medical director for Banner University Sports Medicine and Concussion Specialists in Phoenix.

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"You don't get sick with COVID-19 and stay home from school for a week and the next day go back and play two hours of soccer," Erickson said.

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