Create Account | Sign In: Author or Forum

Search Symptoms

Category: Cardiology | Family Medicine | Geriatrics | Infections | Internal Medicine | Emergency Medicine | Nursing | Pathology | Pulmonology | Conference News

Back to Journal Articles

ACC: Zika Linked to Negative Cardiovascular Effects in Adults

Last Updated: March 10, 2017.

Zika may have detrimental effects on the heart in some patients infected with the virus, according to research being presented at the upcoming annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, to be held from March 17 to 19 in Washington, D.C.

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Zika may have detrimental effects on the heart in some patients infected with the virus, according to research being presented at the upcoming annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, to be held from March 17 to 19 in Washington, D.C.

The new study identified nine Venezuelan patients who were treated at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Caracas, Venezuela, one of the epicenters of the Zika virus outbreak. Only one had any previous heart-related issue, and that was well-controlled high blood pressure.

All nine patients tested positive for Zika infection. The team noted heart-related symptoms such as heart palpitations, fatigue, and shortness of breath alongside more common Zika symptoms, including rash, fever, and conjunctivitis. Eight of the nine patients developed arrhythmias, and two-thirds had evidence of heart failure.

Lead researcher Karina Gonzalez Carta, M.D., a cardiologist and research fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told HealthDay that doctors should consider electrocardiograms for all Zika-infected patients, and follow-up testing if an irregular heartbeat is detected. "While we anticipated we would see cardiovascular effects from Zika, we were surprised at the severity of the findings," she said.

Press Release
More Information


Previous: ACC: Cannabis Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke, Heart Failure Next: ACC: Erectile Dysfunction Drugs May Benefit Men's Hearts

Reader comments on this article are listed below. Review our comments policy.


Submit your opinion: