COVID May Be On The Run But Long Hauler Symptoms Are Not

Anxiety-Depression-COVID-19Seemingly overnight, optimism has replaced fear.  The mood has shifted.  America is back. Vaccination has succeeded where hydroxychloroquine has failed.

Those of us who weathered the past 12 months without contracting COVID-19 and have been vaccinated can breath easy again. But, please let the lesson of Andy Slavitt’s son sink in for those of us who remain hesitant about being vaccinated,

Slavitt is President Joe Biden’s senior adviser for the coronavirus. One of his sons contracted the Covid-19 virus late last year. His youthful age, in his late teens, did not protect him from the lingering effects of this disease.

Six months after surviving the illness “he still suffers from tachycardia, shortness of breath, and ongoing and frequent flu-like symptoms. His hands are cold to the touch.”

Tachycardia, or abnormally high heart rate is described as:

“Atrial or supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a fast heart rate that starts in the upper chambers of the heart. Some forms of this particular tachycardia are paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT) or paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT).”

“With atrial or supraventricular tachycardia, electrical signals in the heart’s upper chambers fire abnormally. This interferes with electrical impulses coming from the sinoatrial (SA) node, the heart’s natural pacemaker.”

“The disruption results in a faster than normal heart rate. This rapid heartbeat keeps the heart’s chambers from filling completely between contractions, which compromises blood flow to the rest of the body.”

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has left many young people with “Long Hauler” symptoms associated with a variety of these and other lingering cardiac and pulmonary conditions.  Please see my previous article related to POTS – “POTS Or Dysautonomia Symptoms Can Be The Result Of COVID-19”.

According to the White House, Slavitt’s story demonstrates the importance of getting everyone who qualifies, including young folks, vaccinated as soon as possible.

We are coming back and this wonderful country will overcome the hardships we endured during the last year. But to be sure we need to take advantage of the fact that the COVID virus does not like warm weather and make sure that at least 70% of us get vaccinated before winter sets in again.

Have you have experienced Long Haul COVID symptoms?

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