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Med’s Rong Xu discusses her research highlighting increased risk of heart disease

Cases of deadly heart infection tied to opioid abuse rose sharply during pandemic

U.S. News & World ReportRong Xu, professor at the School of Medicine, discussed her research highlighting an increased risk of heart disease in those with opioid use disorder who are infected with COVID-19. “A lot of people talk about long COVID, but then really not many people are focused on this very vulnerable population,” she said. “I think we need to pay more attention.”