Hoops star that collapsed has a heart disease that may be caused by COVID-19

According to the Florida Gainesville Sun, the collapse of Florida star Keyontae Johnson may be linked to a previous positive test of COVID-19.

Johnson has been diagnosed with acute myocarditis, also known as inflammation of the heart, a condition thought to occasionally be caused by some cases of the virus.


Player of the Year of the SEC season, Johnson is expected to miss the rest of the season. He was released from the hospital Tuesday, his parents, Nika and Marrecus Johnson, said in a statement.

“We remain amazed at the pace of his recovery,” they said. “Along with so many successful wishes and prayers, we have understandably been asked about the cause and extent of Keyontae’s disease. As much as everyone involved wants firm answers, the process continues to draw definitive conclusions and we ask for patience as the medical professionals continue. their work.

“We are committed to sharing not only updates about Keyontae, but also any information that we believe may help others. Once we have it, we share it. Until then, we remain grateful for the care and support Keyontae receives.”


Johnson tested positive for the virus in the summer, as did several other teammates. He received a heart evaluation – an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram and a blood test that can reveal signs of heart problems – before returning to training.

“In Florida, we do an ECG and an echo on every athlete that comes to us, so we’re already registered. So if someone gets COVID and we repeat this heart work, we’re able to compare back with, “what they were when they came in as a beginner or moved here. So we have a pretty good idea if there were any changes,” said Florida team doctor, Dr. Jay Clugston, for TV20 in August. “There appear to be more cases or heart effects of this virus than we may have seen from others, although we are looking much more closely than we have done in the past. I think we are all careful about that.”