Eleven teams of scientific researchers, including a team at the Medical College of Wisconsin, have been selected as recipients of American Heart Association research grants to study the long-term influence of COVID-19 on cardiovascular health. The “Mechanisms Underlying Cardiovascular Consequences Associated with COVID-19 and long COVID” grants total more than $10.6 million to support research team across the country over the next three years. The Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health and research for all, is continuing to build the body of science related to the impact of COVID-19 as the worldwide pandemic moves into its third year.
The Association continues to build the body of science related to the impact of COVID-19 as the worldwide pandemic moves into its third year. The 11 new research projects are underway as of April 1.
“Research shows that 10% to 30% of people who have COVID-19 are experiencing lingering effects of the virus well beyond the initial 2-to-3 weeks expected recovery, a condition known as long COVID. Many of the short- and long-term complications of COVID-19 affect the heart and the brain and are contributing to an increase in cardiovascular disease in ways we do not fully understand,” said American Heart Association President Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D., Sc.M., FAHA, chair of the department of preventive medicine, the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Heart Research and professor of preventive medicine, medicine and pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.