Covid could have ‘accelerated’ ‘s fatal heart attack at the age of 52 as it dramatically increases the risk, a top expert.
Professor Jeremy Nicholson, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at ‘s Murdoch University, said there was a ‘significant possibility’ an underlying heart condition could be exacerbated by the virus.
A post-mortem last week confirmed the leg spinner died from natural causes while holidaying with friends on the Thai island of Koh Samui on March 4.
A top professor has revealed how a Covid-19 infection could have ‘accelerated’ Shane Warne’s fatal heart attack at the age of 52 (pictured, the cricketer commentating in 2019)
An autopsy last week revealed the late leg spinner (pictured with his three children) died from natural causes while holidaying with friends on the Thai island of Koh Samui on March 4
A Washington University study found that one year after catching Covid, patients had a 72 per cent higher rate of heart failure and their risk of heart attack jumped by 63 per cent.
‘Shane may well have had some sub-clinical level pre-existing atherosclerosis (this is very common in men over 40) that was then accelerated by Covid-19,’ Professor Nicholson told .
The sportsman contracted Covid twice, 태국여행 the first time in England while coaching the London Spirit last August, and the second only a few weeks before he made his final trip to Thailand.
He died last week after friends staying with Warne found him unresponsive in his room with attempts to revive the sportsman unsuccessful.
Professor Nicholson has investigated biochemical abnormalities in the blood of Covid patients and how it relates to the risk of heart disease.
He recently published a paper that showed the virus caused ‘a major shift in cardiovascular risk markers’ and can increase the risk of heart disease.
The professor said it was possible Warne’s underlying heart concerns could have been worsened by his Covid infection – especially as the cricketer used a ventilator.
The sportsman contracted Covid twice, the first time in England while coaching the London Spirit last August and the second only a few weeks before he made his final trip to Thailand
He died last week after friends staying with Warne (pictured with his children) found him unresponsive in his room with attempts to revive the sportsman unsuccessful
‘What is strange is that it was reported that he was placed on a ventilator to minimise his chances of getting long Covid — some irony there,’ he said.
Professor Nicholson said in a separate paper it was observed that the rate of cardiovascular events was greatly increased for up to a year for Covid patients.
He said while not proven, the use of a ventilator could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, with the virus sometimes causing arteries to harden.
‘We do know that SARS COV-2 infections are highly atherogenic in the acute phase and that impacts on heart attack risks and strokes,’ he said.
Professor Nicholson said the shock death of the cricketer highlighted the increased risk at the population level for people who have contracted Covid-19.
A state funeral will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 30 with as many fans as possible invited to attend (pictured, people leave tributes at the Shane Warne statue)
Fans have left flowers, hand-written letters, cricket balls, cigarettes and VB cans at the base of the Shane Warne statue outside the MCG
Warne’s family revealed he was suffering chest pains and asthma flair-ups in the weeks before he died.
There has also been speculation around ‘insane’ cleanses Warne was known to do, sometimes only drinking fluids for 14 days to shed kilos.
His former doctor Peter Brukner broke his silence last week on what he believes caused the 52-year-old’s shock death, blaming the spin-king’s lifestyle.
He told Perth radio hosts Basil Zempilas and Xavier Ellis that his death was hastened by a combination of a longstanding smoking habit, poor diet and other factors.
‘Warney, if he had heart disease, which sounds like he did, you know, that didn’t happen overnight in Thailand,’ he told Triple M Breakfast on Wednesday.
‘It’s been happening for 파타야풀빌라 20, 30 years from smoking, poor diet, 파타야풀빌라 etc, etc.’
A plane carrying the coffin of the late 52-year-old – which has been draped in an Australian flag – departed from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on March 10
Warne’s ex-wife Simone Callahan is seen for the first time since the cricketers death six days ago waiting for his body to arrive in Melbourne on Thursday night
Warne was a habitual smoker throughout his adult life, and a drinker – though he was known to not be fond of beer.
His long-time manager James Erskine revealed he hadn’t known about Warne’s heart issue but had heard from his secretary he was experiencing chest pains and had been sweating the week before he died.
‘He did go on these ridiculous sorts of diets and he just finished one, where he basically only ate fluids for 14 days and he’d done this three or four times,’ he told Weekend Today.
‘It was a bit … all or nothing. It was either white buns with butter and lasagne stuffed in the middle or he would be having black and green juices.
‘I don’t know, he obviously smoked most of his life. I don’t know, I think it was just a massive heart attack. That’s what I think’s happened.’
On Thursday night, the cricketer’s nearest and dearest gathered at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport to greet the plane bringing the 52-year-old home.
Shane Warne’s parents Keith and Brigitte and son Jackson (left) look on as a white van with the late cricketer’s body departs from hangar nine at Essendon Airport in Melbourne
Son Jackson drove his sister Brooke and mum Simone Callahan, who had not been seen in public since her ex-husband’s shock death, to the airport in his dad’s black Mercedes-Benz
Son Jackson drove his sister Brooke and mum Simone Callahan, who had not been seen in public since her ex-husband’s shock death, to the airport in his dad’s black Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon.
Warne, 52, was ferried home to Melbourne on a plane owned by billionaire Australian businessman Terry Peabody. Peabody who is a prominent wine and waste management entrepreneur.
Thai authorities gave clearance for his body to be returned home this week after an autopsy report revealed the sports star died of natural causes.
A state funeral will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 30 with as many fans as possible invited to attend.
An intimate ceremony for the spin-bowler’s friends and family is expected to be held as early as next week as the country mourns the loss of the cricket legend.