Coronavirus symptoms: Signs of COVID-19 infection include heart attack and chest pain |

Coronavirus is an infectious disease which has been confirmed in nearly 800,000 individuals across the world. Cases are continuing to rise in the UK, and the government has urged the public to stay at home, to avoid becoming infected, or spreading the virus further.

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The most common signs of a coronavirus infection include a high fever, or developing a new, continuous cough.

But, you could also be at risk of the disease if you’ve developed similar symptoms to those of a heart attack, it’s been claimed.

Some patients could be showing all the signs of a myocardial infarction, while in actual fact, they’ve been infected with COVID-19.

Around 20 per cent of all coronavirus patients that have been hospitalised with the infection are likely to have some form of heart damage, scientists have revealed.

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Patients may not necessarily have heart disease before their diagnosis.

But, the coronavirus could instigate higher troponin levels in the blood; a common indicator of heart damage.

“We were thinking lungs, lungs, lungs — with us in a supportive role,” said Dr John Rumsfeld, chief science and quality officer at the American College of Cardiology.

He told The New York Times: “Then all of a sudden we began to hear about potential direct impact on the heart.”

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COVID-19 may cause heart problems as a result of infections in the lungs.

The coronavirus is different from some other well-known conditions, including swine flu and MERS.

COVID-19 tends to infect the lungs, which can lead to pneumonia in the most severe cases.

If the lungs aren’t working at 100 per cent, the body isn’t getting enough oxygen.

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Oxygen is vital to the health of the heart. Without enough oxygen, it increases the risk of some deadly conditions, including heart attacks and arrhythmias.

But, that doesn’t mean to say that you shouldn’t dial 999 straight away if you think you may be having a heart attack.

Common heart attack symptoms include severe chest pain, shortness of breath, and an overwhelming feeling of anxiety.

The chest pain may feel like a squeezing in the middle of your torso, while some people may only experience minor pain.

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More than 22,000 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus, according to latest government figures.

Of the 22,141 confirmed cases, 1,408 people have died from the infection.

The most common coronavirus symptoms include a high temperature, and a new, continuous cough.

Everyone has been told to remain at home to avoid spreading the infection. You should only leave your home to go food or medicine shopping, for medical help, traveling to and from work – where absolutely necessary – and for one form of exercise every day.