The association between Coronavirus infection and dizziness problems was revealed in a study conducted by the University of Manchester and the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre. The results of the research were published in the “International Journal of Audiology” and concluded that the prevalence of dizziness in patients with Covid-19 is 7.2%. The same study indicates that 7.6% of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 suffer from hearing loss and 14.8% suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
In another related case report published by Madeleine Johansson et al (2021) on Long-Haul Post–COVID-19 Symptoms Presenting as a Variant of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)_ The Swedish Experience. One of the objectives is to raise awareness of POTS as a possible long-term complication following COVID-19 infection.
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is the most prevalent chronic cardiovascular dysautonomia among young and middle-aged individuals, predominantly women. It is characterized by chronic orthostatic intolerance, abnormal heart rate (HR) in-crease on standing, and deconditioning. The syndrome has been postulated to have post-viral autoimmune activation as a possible etiology.
In the acute phase, coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) causes multiple complications, including pneumonia, respiratory distress syndrome, liver injury, cardiac injury, and prothrombotic coagulopathy. Long-term consequences remain unknown, as we are still living through it. However, recent chronic (“long-haul”) symptoms following COVID-19 infections have been consistent with a POTS-like presentation.
One of the diagnostic criteria requires sustained heart rate increment of not less than 30 beats/min or above 120 beats/min within 10 min of active standing or head-up tilt. For individuals who are younger than 19 years, the required increment is at least 40 beats/min.
For patients going through this and for family members caring for these patients, it may feel like you are in a position of no return. We know what you are going through, and we want to be an integral part of your caring team to guide you through a full recovery of your balance.
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