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The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, can cause severe respiratory distress in patients — which would make the lungs the likely victim of COVID-19 damage. However, experts say the heart is actually most at risk for damage from the virus.

According to a recent study by experts at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease. COVID-19 causes severe inflammation in the body which can trigger cardiac events like blockage, and even heart disease, to an otherwise healthy heart.

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