DEAR DR. ROACH: Is COVID-19 infection a cause of heart block? I recently had a complete heart block, tested positive in the ER for COVID-19 (symptomless and post-vaccine), and was fitted with a permanent pacemaker. I’m 63, female, in good health except for a luckily nonsevere, 10-year diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome.
My cardiologist doesn’t think the heart block is due to COVID-19, but I’ve seen articles in Medline reporting cases of heart block during COVID-19 infection. Is it too early in the disease’s research to know for sure? — B.J.S.