Neuroscientist Fabiano de Abreu and cardiologist Roberto Yano joined forces to define the permanent effects of the disease. From this joint work came a scientific article already approved and published by the International Journal of Development Research.
The aim of the two specialists’ project was to understand the risks that Covid-19 entails, both for the central nervous system and for the cardiovascular system. And the conclusion is that the disease may leave sequelae.
Cardiologist Roberto Yano says that “every time a new virus appears, it is a challenge for the scientific community, especially when it comes to something that has taken on proportions like this pandemic”.
Regarding the heart, it is irrefutable that, in the most severe cases of the infection, there is a likelihood of cardiovascular sequelae, such as heart failure, infarction and stroke ”, explained the specialist.
“We have to anticipate our studies to better understand the development of the disease and understand what permanent consequences this disease will leave in relation to the cardiovascular system and also to the central nervous system”.
For Fabiano de Abreu, the concern lies both in the physical damage of the disease and in the traumas that it causes in the psychological sphere. We know that, at the neurological level, we may have damage at the cellular level or the infection itself can cause traumas that affect our cognitive ability and that can result in disorders, syndromes or other future variables”, he explains.
“In my area of study, I am also concerned with the mental health of society in general, which, at the generational level, is experiencing something of this type for the first time”.
The damage that Covid-19 can cause is still in the early stages of study, since it is a relatively new disease, but, every day, there are more cases of reports from people who, even after overcoming the disease, report sequelae.
“Patients with Covid-19, even recovered, still suffer from the change in taste and smell, which can be irreversible. This is related to the damage caused, mainly, in the primary sensory neurons“, concludes Fabiano de Abreu.
Fabiano de Abreu is a doctor in neuroscience and psychology, member of the European Neuroscience Federation, a Brazilian and Portuguese society of neuroscience, a master in psychoanalysis by the Instituto Gaio da Unesco, a specialist in the electrical properties of neurons at Harvard and a volunteer in the Portuguese army for coronavirus issues.
Roberto Yano is a specialist in Cardiology by the Brazilian Society of Cardiology and in Artificial Cardiac Stimulation by the Brazilian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery.