UNMC Receives Grant To Study Heart Health Related To COVID-19

OMAHA- A researcher at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is one of 12 in the US to receive a grant to study heart health related to COVID-19.

Rebekah Gundry received the “COVID-19 and Its Cardiovascular Impact Rapid Response Grant” from the American Heart Association. The one-year, $100,000 grant will allow Dr. Gundry to explore the role of glycans, carbohydrates attached to proteins and lipids, in cardiovascular injuries in COVID-19 patients. Dr. Gundry says the infection predominantly targets the respiratory system, but there have been numerous reports of cardiovascular problems in patients.

Gundry says the cause of the heart injury and how it relates to the COVID infection is unknown at this point.