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Woman who says she was never sick in her life has medical problems post-coronavirus infection

Nothing about the coronavirus is predictable, and it keeps sending doctors in different directions with lingering medical problems.

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Nothing about the coronavirus is predictable, and it keeps sending doctors in different directions with lingering medical problems.

Sister station WBAL-TV spoke with Hattie-Mae Ross, 76, who said she was never sick a day in her life — until she contracted coronavirus. Ross was healthy one day, and now she has medication and a heart monitor.

"I was just having sweats, a cough, a little sore throat," Ross said.

In April, Ross went to the emergency room. She was sent home and recovered from the virus in two weeks. A few months later, she was back in the hospital for a week with heart problems.

"We think (the heart problems are) likely related to the COVID infection that she had had some months before," said Dr. Athol Morgan, director of cardiology at Grace Medical Center.

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Morgan said Ross was healthy prior to the coronavirus.

"We believe that the coronavirus in some people directly attacks the heart and causes heart damage which is what we believe happened with her," Morgan said.

Now, Ross wears a device to monitor her heart and she is on three different medications. She said this is the first time she's taken anything other than vitamins.

"I never had high blood pressure or low blood pressure — nothing. My doctor told me I was the healthiest patient that he had," she said.

Ross said she misses her walks through the neighborhood and bowling, but said she's working her way back up to it and doing so much better.

Ross offers this advice: "When you find something totally different going on in your body, go to the emergency room or to a doctor right away because you never know. Just like me, I didn't have a lot of symptoms, but it was there."

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Something else to remember, Morgan said many heart patients ignore their symptoms because they are afraid to catch coronavirus at the hospital. He said if you are having trouble, don't hesitate to come in.