Heart-related test may indicate death risk in Covid patients

Heart-related


London, July 21 : Testing people for heart-related issues may help to identify patients hospitalised with Covid-19 who face an especially high risk of dying, suggests a study. Although SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, primarily affects the respiratory tract, it also leads to cardiovascular complications including severe arrhythmias, acute coronary syndromes, myocarditis and pulmonary embolism. A team of researchers from the University of Salerno in Italy, examined 1,401 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19 who were admitted. About 226 (16.1 per cent) underwent transthoracic echocardiography within 48 hours of admission. In-hospital death occurred in 68 patients (30.1 per cent). Low left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), low tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion, and acute respiratory distress syndrome were independently associated with in-hospital mortality. "Clinical and echocardiographic parameters of disease severity might help to determine which patients with Covid-19 are at higher risk for in-hospital mortality," said lead author Angelo Silverio, at the University of Salerno. The research was published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. The study suggests that early LVEF may be very useful to identify patients with higher probability of fatal outcome as cardiovascular complications can negatively impact on outcomes of patients with Covid. A growing body of research suggests that some people with hypertension, diabetes and heart disease may develop more severe symptoms and complications once infected with coronavirus. /IANS




Related

Covid may up risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among the older
New York, Sep 14 : Older people who were infected with Covid-19 show a substantially higher risk -- as much as 50 per cent to 80 per cent higher than

Apple reportedly shipping iPhone 14 models with earlier iOS 16 version
San Francisco, Sep 14 : Tech giant Apple is reportedly shipping its next-generation iPhone 14 models with an earlier version of iOS 16. As noted

Cities must adapt to climate change to prevent unprecedented flooding
New Delhi, Sep 14 : Unprecedented floods in Bangladesh followed by Assam floods, extremely heavy rain in Madhya Pradesh, parts of Rajasthan and Bengal